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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<May 19> control the same. was elected Counsellor in place of Joseph Smith elected Mayor— Counsellor in place of removed from the .
On account of the reports in circulation in the this day, concerning the and to quiet the public mind. Before the Council closed I asked if he had ought against me, when arose, before the Council and a house filled with Spectators and replied
“I know what I am about, and the heads of the Church know what they are about, I expect; I have no difficulty with the heads of the Church. I publicly avow that any one who has said that I have stated that General Joseph Smith has given me authority to hold illicit intercourse with Women is a Liar in the face of God. Those who have said it, are damned Liars; they are infernal Liars. He never either in public or private gave me any such authority or licence, and any person who states it is a scoundrel and a Liar, I have heard it said, that I should become a second , by withdrawing from the Church, and that I was at variance with the heads, and should use an influence against them, because I resigned the office of Mayor. This is false, I have no difficulty with the heads of the Church, and I intend to continue with you, and hope the time may come when I may be restored to full confidence, fellowship; and my former standing in the Church, and that my conduct may be such as to warrant my restoration— and should the time ever come that I may have the opportunity to test my faith, it will then be known whether I am a traitor, or a true man.”
I then said to him “will you please state definitely whether you know anything against my character either in public or private?” replied “I do not, in all my intercourse with General Smith, in public, and in private he has been strictly virtuous”— I then made some pertinent remarks before the Council concerning those who had been guilty of circulating false reports &c and said [HC 5:13] “Let one twelve months see if brother Joseph is not called for, to go to every part of the to keep them out of their groves, and I turn the keys upon them from this hour, if they will not repent and stop their lyings and surmisings. Let God curse them, and let their tongues cleave unto the roofs of their mouths.”
20 May 1842 • Friday
<20> Friday 20. Charges having been preferred against , by before a special Council for abusive language towards said , also for abusing the of the . I spent the day in Council, and such was the proof against , I had considerable labor to get him clear even after his Confession, which I desired to do, hoping he would amend.
21 May 1842 • Saturday
< 21> Saturday 21. I spent the day with the High Council of , investigating the case of , and others.
22 May 1842 • Sunday
<22> Sunday 22. I spent mostly at home— In looking at the papers I discovered the following in the “ Whig”
“Assasination of of late Governor of was assassinated at his residence in , Missouri, by an unknown hand on the 6th. instant [p. 1335]
May 19 control the same. was elected Counsellor in place of Joseph Smith elected Mayor— Counsellor in place of removed from the .
On account of the reports in circulation in the this day, concerning the and to quiet the public mind. Before the Council closed I asked if he had ought against me, when arose, before the Council and a house filled with Spectators and replied
“I know what I am about, and the heads of the Church know what they are about, I expect; I have no difficulty with the heads of the Church. I publicly avow that any one who has said that I have stated that General Joseph Smith has given me authority to hold illicit intercourse with Women is a Liar in the face of God. Those who have said it, are damned Liars; they are infernal Liars. He never either in public or private gave me any such authority or licence, and any person who states it is a scoundrel and a Liar, I have heard it said, that I should become a second , by withdrawing from the Church, and that I was at variance with the heads, and should use an influence against them, because I resigned the office of Mayor. This is false, I have no difficulty with the heads of the Church, and I intend to continue with you, and hope the time may come when I may be restored to full confidence, fellowship; and my former standing in the Church, and that my conduct may be such as to warrant my restoration— and should the time ever come that I may have the opportunity to test my faith, it will then be known whether I am a traitor, or a true man.”
I then said to him “will you please state definitely whether you know anything against my character either in public or private?” replied “I do not, in all my intercourse with General Smith, in public, and in private he has been strictly virtuous”— I then made some pertinent remarks before the Council concerning those who had been guilty of circulating false reports &c and said [HC 5:13] “Let one twelve months see if brother Joseph is not called for, to go to every part of the to keep them out of their groves, and I turn the keys upon them from this hour, if they will not repent and stop their lyings and surmisings. Let God curse them, and let their tongues cleave unto the roofs of their mouths.”
20 May 1842 • Friday
20 Friday 20. Charges having been preferred against , by before a special Council for abusive language towards said , also for abusing the of the . I spent the day in Council, and such was the proof against , I had considerable labor to get him clear even after his Confession, which I desired to do, hoping he would amend.
21 May 1842 • Saturday
21 Saturday 21. I spent the day with the High Council of , investigating the case of , and others.
22 May 1842 • Sunday
22 Sunday 22. I spent mostly at home— In looking at the papers I discovered the following in the “ Whig”
“Assasination of of late Governor of was assassinated at his residence in , Missouri, by an unknown hand on the 6th. instant [p. 1335]
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