History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

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  • Historical Introduction
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<March 9> of boarding in consequence of Mrs. Richey ’s breaking up housekeeping, and gone to Baltimore, I am busy here at Chimney Corner preaching— yours as ever in the bonds of everlasting love—. — To Prest. J. Smith Junr. , Illinois. P.S. lest my previous letters should not come to hand I merely say that I have been before the Committee three days, and done all in my power to effect the object of our mission. have spoken my mind freely on the subject; and feel to have a conscience void of offence towards God in this matter— The subscription of which the Report makes mention, was on condition, they could not lawfully do anything for us; after examination we were to submit and wait until the great disposer of human events shall adjust these things, in that place where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest (this I think is nearly the sentiment though perhaps not the very words) And I for one hope and pray, the time will soon come, when they will not trouble us in the West, as they have hitherto done— There is a man here, who owns two printing presses and much type, reading our books (on whom I occasionally call), I will, with the assistance of God, get to come to the West as soon as possible with his press, that you may set him to printing the truth— He told me, if we had any printing to do, he would do it cheap; and even go to the West if necessary— Give my respects to , , and also all the household of faith.
11 March 1840 • Wednesday
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“Illinois, , March 11. 1840 I. James Powel do certify that I was a Citizen of the State of in 1838. I solemnly declare that while I was peaceably travelling to one of my nearest neighbors I was assaulted by a Company of men, to the number of five, Autherston Wrathey, John Gardner, Philomen Ellis, Jesse Clark, and Ariel Sanders first they threw a Stone, and <hit> me between the Shoulders, which very much disabled me, they then shot at me, but did not hit me, one of them then struck me with his Gun, and broke my skull about six inches, a part of my brain run out, I have had fourteen pieces of Bone taken out of my Skull, my System is so reduced that I have not done a day’s work since. I know no reason why they should have done so, as I did not belong to the Mormon Church, neither had I ever heard one preach, in this situation I was forced to leave the forthwith. I was carried three days without having my head dressed, when I arrived at Doctor Head offered me assistance I refer to him for further testimony— James Powel—” “Attest
“We certify that the foregoing Affidavit of James Powels is true and correct, as we stood by, and saw it with our eyes, we also heard them [HC 4:61] say they would kill the Mormons, if they did not clear out, we carried the wounded man in our Waggon till he was out of reach of the mob. Peter [p. 1027]
March 9 of boarding in consequence of Mrs. Richey ’s breaking up housekeeping, and gone to Baltimore, I am busy here at Chimney Corner preaching— yours as ever in the bonds of everlasting love—. — To Prest. J. Smith Junr. , Illinois. P.S. lest my previous letters should not come to hand I merely say that I have been before the Committee three days, and done all in my power to effect the object of our mission. have spoken my mind freely on the subject; and feel to have a conscience void of offence towards God in this matter— The subscription of which the Report makes mention, was on condition, they could not lawfully do anything for us; after examination we were to submit and wait until the great disposer of human events shall adjust these things, in that place where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest (this I think is nearly the sentiment though perhaps not the very words) And I for one hope and pray, the time will soon come, when they will not trouble us in the West, as they have hitherto done— There is a man here, who owns two printing presses and much type, reading our books (on whom I occasionally call), I will, with the assistance of God, get to come to the West as soon as possible with his press, that you may set him to printing the truth— He told me, if we had any printing to do, he would do it cheap; and even go to the West if necessary— Give my respects to , , and also all the household of faith.
11 March 1840 • Wednesday
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11. Wednesday 11.
“Illinois, , March 11. 1840 I. James Powel do certify that I was a Citizen of the State of in 1838. I solemnly declare that while I was peaceably travelling to one of my nearest neighbors I was assaulted by a Company of men, to the number of five, Autherston Wrathey, John Gardner, Philomen Ellis, Jesse Clark, and Ariel Sanders first they threw a Stone, and hit me between the Shoulders, which very much disabled me, they then shot at me, but did not hit me, one of them then struck me with his Gun, and broke my skull about six inches, a part of my brain run out, I have had fourteen pieces of Bone taken out of my Skull, my System is so reduced that I have not done a day’s work since. I know no reason why they should have done so, as I did not belong to the Mormon Church, neither had I ever heard one preach, in this situation I was forced to leave the forthwith. I was carried three days without having my head dressed, when I arrived at Doctor Head offered me assistance I refer to him for further testimony— James Powel—” “Attest
“We certify that the foregoing Affidavit of James Powels is true and correct, as we stood by, and saw it with our eyes, we also heard them [HC 4:61] say they would kill the Mormons, if they did not clear out, we carried the wounded man in our Waggon till he was out of reach of the mob. Peter [p. 1027]
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