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

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<July 22> of May last— I there heard him say what has been published concerning the teachings of Joseph Smith, and of his own course. I afterwards met him in company with Col. , he then stated that he was going to be the Candidate, (meaning Candidate for the Legislature) and Joseph and were going in for him; said “you know it will be better for me not to be bothered with Mayor’s Office, Legion, Mormon, or any thing else.” During all this time if he was under duress, or fear, he must have had a good faculty for concealing it, for he was at liberty to go and come when and where he pleased, so far as I am capable of judging. I know that I saw him in different parts of the , even after he had made these statements, transacting business as usual, and said he was going to complete some business pertaining to the Mayor’s Office; and I think did attend to work on the Streets— I was always personally friendly with him, after I became acquainted with him. I never heard him say any thing derogatory to the character of Joseph Smith, until after he had been exposed by said Smith, on the public in . — July 22 A.D. 1842. Sworn to and subscribed before me a Justice of the Peace, in. and for the City of , in said County, this 22nd. day of July, 1842. Gustavus Hills L.S. J. P. and Alderman”
Esqre. is an old resident in this place; and not a Mormon.
See affidavits of and — Times and Seasons page 870 &c also certificates of and — Times and Seasons— page 874. [HC 5:71] [HC 5:72] [HC 5:73] [HC 5:74] [HC 5:75] [HC 5:76] [HC 5:77] [HC 5:78] [HC 5:79] [HC 5:80] [HC 5:81]
24 July 1842 • Sunday
<24> Sunday 24 This <morning> at home sick— Attended meeting at the in the <afternoon> <afternoon> and spoke of ’s having returned with the good news that could not be able to accomplish his designs.
26 July 1842 • Tuesday
<26> Tuesday 26. Sick this morning. Rode to my in the <afternoon> afternoon
27 July 1842 • Wednesday
<27> Wednesday 27. Attended meeting at the and listened to the Electioneering Candidates, and spoke at the close of the meeting.
July 27. 1842— Dear Sir— Your communication of the 25th. instant together with the petitions of the Citizens of the City of , both male and female were delivered to me last evening by Brevet Major General , also a report of Esqre., Secretary of the Nauvoo Legion, of the proceedings of a Court Martial of Brevet Majors General, had upon charges preferred against Major General , upon which trial the court found the defendant guilty, and sentenced him to be Cashiered, all of which have been considered. In reply to your expressed apprehensions of “the possibility of an attack, upon the peaceable inhabitants of the City of and vicinity, through the intrigues and false representations of and others” and your request that I would issue official orders to you, to have the Nauvoo Legion in readiness, to be called out at a moments warning in defence of the peaceable Citizens &c I must say that I cannot conceive of the least probability or scarcely possibility, of an attack of violence upon the Citizens of from any quarter whatever— and as utterly impossible that such attack is contemplated by any [HC 5:82] sufficient number of persons to excite the least apprehension of danger of injury, and whilst I should consider [p. 1360]
July 22 of May last— I there heard him say what has been published concerning the teachings of Joseph Smith, and of his own course. I afterwards met him in company with Col. , he then stated that he was going to be the Candidate, (meaning Candidate for the Legislature) and Joseph and were going in for him; said “you know it will be better for me not to be bothered with Mayor’s Office, Legion, Mormon, or any thing else.” During all this time if he was under duress, or fear, he must have had a good faculty for concealing it, for he was at liberty to go and come when and where he pleased, so far as I am capable of judging. I know that I saw him in different parts of the , even after he had made these statements, transacting business as usual, and said he was going to complete some business pertaining to the Mayor’s Office; and I think did attend to work on the Streets— I was always personally friendly with him, after I became acquainted with him. I never heard him say any thing derogatory to the character of Joseph Smith, until after he had been exposed by said Smith, on the public in . — July 22 A.D. 1842. Sworn to and subscribed before me a Justice of the Peace, in. and for the City of , in said County, this 22nd. day of July, 1842. Gustavus Hills L.S. J. P. and Alderman”
Esqre. is an old resident in this place; and not a Mormon.
See affidavits of and — Times and Seasons page 870 &c also certificates of and — Times and Seasons— page 874. [HC 5:71] [HC 5:72] [HC 5:73] [HC 5:74] [HC 5:75] [HC 5:76] [HC 5:77] [HC 5:78] [HC 5:79] [HC 5:80] [HC 5:81]
24 July 1842 • Sunday
24 Sunday 24 This morning at home sick— Attended meeting at the in the afternoon and spoke of ’s having returned with the good news that could not be able to accomplish his designs.
26 July 1842 • Tuesday
26 Tuesday 26. Sick this morning. Rode to my in the afternoon
27 July 1842 • Wednesday
27 Wednesday 27. Attended meeting at the and listened to the Electioneering Candidates, and spoke at the close of the meeting.
July 27. 1842— Dear Sir— Your communication of the 25th. instant together with the petitions of the Citizens of the City of , both male and female were delivered to me last evening by Brevet Major General , also a report of Esqre., Secretary of the Nauvoo Legion, of the proceedings of a Court Martial of Brevet Majors General, had upon charges preferred against Major General , upon which trial the court found the defendant guilty, and sentenced him to be Cashiered, all of which have been considered. In reply to your expressed apprehensions of “the possibility of an attack, upon the peaceable inhabitants of the City of and vicinity, through the intrigues and false representations of and others” and your request that I would issue official orders to you, to have the Nauvoo Legion in readiness, to be called out at a moments warning in defence of the peaceable Citizens &c I must say that I cannot conceive of the least probability or scarcely possibility, of an attack of violence upon the Citizens of from any quarter whatever— and as utterly impossible that such attack is contemplated by any [HC 5:82] sufficient number of persons to excite the least apprehension of danger of injury, and whilst I should consider [p. 1360]
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