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

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  • Historical Introduction
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<November> called upon most tauntingly for witnesses. we gave the names of some others and  they were also thrust into prison so many, as were to be found. In the mean time  <Witnesses for the  Defendants> Malinda Porter, Delia F. Pine, , Jonathan W. Barlow, Thorit Parsons  Ezra Chipman, and Arza Judd Jr. volunteered and were sworn, on the defence, but  were prevented by threats from telling the truth as much as possible. We saw  <Allen sworn> a man at the window by the name of Allen, and beckoned him to come in,  and had him sworn, but when he did not testify to please the Court, several  rushed upon him with their Bayonets, and he fled the place; and three men  took after him with loaded guns, and he barely escaped with his life— It was  of no use to get any more witnesses if we could have done it.

24 November 1838 • Saturday

<24th.   &c  acquitted> Thus this mock investigation continued from day to day till Saturday  when several of the brethren were discharged by as follows.
“Defendants against whom nothing is proven viz , John  Buchhannan, Andrew Whitlock, , Jedediah Owens, ,  , Daniel S. Thomas, Elisha Edwards, Benjamin Covey, David  Frampton, Henry Zabriskiy, Allen J. Stout, Sheffield Daniels, Silas Maynard,  Anthony Head, John T. Earl, Ebenezer Brown, James Newberry, ,  Chandler Hobrook, Martin Alread [Allred], William Al[l]red, The above defendants  have been discharged by me there being no evidence against them, Novr.  24th. 1838.” “ Judge &c”
Our church organization was converted  by the testimony of the Apostates, into a temporal Kingdom, which was to fill the  whole Earth, and subdue all other Kingdoms. Much was inquired by the  <Daniels prophecies> (who, by the bye was a Methodist,) concerning the Prophecy of Daniel “In the days  of these Kings shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom which shall break in  pieces all other Kingdoms and stand for ever” &c “And the kingdom and the  greatness of the kingdom, under the whole Heaven, shall be given to the Saints of the  Most High” &c just as though it was treason to believe the bible.

28 November 1838 • Wednesday

<28 Danl. Ashby’s  letter on Hauns Mills [Hawn’s Mill]> Wednesday 28. Daniel Ashby a Member of the Senate wrote that  he <“>was in the battle -[mob]- at Hauns Mills, that thirty one mormons were killed  and seven of his party wounded

29 November 1838 • Thursday

<Court closed 29> The remaining prisoners were all released or admitted to bail, except ,  , , , and myself, who  were sent to , Clay County, to jail, to stand our trial for treason and Murder.  The treason for having whipped the Mob out of , and taking their Cannon  from them; and the murder for the man killed in the battle. Also  Morris Phelps, , , and Norman Shearer, who were put into  <Confined in Chains> Jail, to stand their trial for the same crimes— during the investigation we were mostly confined  in Chains, and received much abuse. The matter of driving away witnesses or casting them  into prison, or chasing them out of the County, was carried to such a length that our Lawyers   and , told us not to bring our witnesses there at all, for if we did  there would not be one of them left for final trial, for no sooner would and his  men know who they were, than they would put them out of the County. As to mak<ing> any  impression on , if a Cohort of angels were to come down, and declare we were clear,  said it would all be the same, for he () had determined from the beginning to cast us into [p. 859]
November called upon most tauntingly for witnesses. we gave the names of some others and they were also thrust into prison so many, as were to be found. In the mean time Witnesses for the Defendants Malinda Porter, Delia F. Pine, , Jonathan W. Barlow, Thorit Parsons Ezra Chipman, and Arza Judd Jr. volunteered and were sworn, on the defence, but were prevented by threats from telling the truth as much as possible. We saw Allen sworn a man at the window by the name of Allen, and beckoned him to come in, and had him sworn, but when he did not testify to please the Court, several rushed upon him with their Bayonets, and he fled the place; and three men took after him with loaded guns, and he barely escaped with his life— It was of no use to get any more witnesses if we could have done it.

24 November 1838 • Saturday

24th. &c acquitted Thus this mock investigation continued from day to day till Saturday when several of the brethren were discharged by as follows.
“Defendants against whom nothing is proven viz , John Buchhannan, Andrew Whitlock, , Jedediah Owens, , , Daniel S. Thomas, Elisha Edwards, Benjamin Covey, David Frampton, Henry Zabriskiy, Allen J. Stout, Sheffield Daniels, Silas Maynard, Anthony Head, John T. Earl, Ebenezer Brown, James Newberry, , Chandler Hobrook, Martin Alread Allred, William Allred, The above defendants have been discharged by me there being no evidence against them, Novr. 24th. 1838.” “ Judge &c”
Our church organization was converted by the testimony of the Apostates, into a temporal Kingdom, which was to fill the whole Earth, and subdue all other Kingdoms. Much was inquired by the Daniels prophecies (who, by the bye was a Methodist,) concerning the Prophecy of Daniel “In the days of these Kings shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom which shall break in pieces all other Kingdoms and stand for ever” &c “And the kingdom and the greatness of the kingdom, under the whole Heaven, shall be given to the Saints of the Most High” &c just as though it was treason to believe the bible.

28 November 1838 • Wednesday

28 Danl. Ashby’s letter on Hauns Mills [Hawn’s Mill] Wednesday 28. Daniel Ashby a Member of the Senate wrote that he “was in the battle -[mob]- at Hauns Mills, that thirty one mormons were killed and seven of his party wounded

29 November 1838 • Thursday

Court closed 29 The remaining prisoners were all released or admitted to bail, except , , , , and myself, who were sent to , Clay County, to jail, to stand our trial for treason and Murder. The treason for having whipped the Mob out of , and taking their Cannon from them; and the murder for the man killed in the battle. Also Morris Phelps, , , and Norman Shearer, who were put into Confined in Chains Jail, to stand their trial for the same crimes— during the investigation we were mostly confined in Chains, and received much abuse. The matter of driving away witnesses or casting them into prison, or chasing them out of the County, was carried to such a length that our Lawyers and , told us not to bring our witnesses there at all, for if we did there would not be one of them left for final trial, for no sooner would and his men know who they were, than they would put them out of the County. As to making any impression on , if a Cohort of angels were to come down, and declare we were clear, said it would all be the same, for he () had determined from the beginning to cast us into [p. 859]
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