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

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<March 20  Letter of Joseph Smith  in Liberty Jail> Brothers and Sisters, we hold them in the most sacred remembrance, we feel  to enquire after , if he has not forgotten us, it has not been signified  to us by his scrawl. Brother also, and we  remember him but would like to jog his memory a little on the fable of  the bear and the two friends who mutually agreed to stand by each other  and perhaps it would not be amiss to mention , and various others,  a word of consolation and a blessing, would not come amiss from any body  while we are being so closely whispered by the Bear, but we feel to excuse  every body and every thing, yea the more readily when we contemplate  that we are in the hands of worse than a Bear, for the Bear would not  prey upon a dead carcass— Our respects and love, and fellowship to all  the virtuous saints, we are your Brethren and fellow sufferers, and  prisoners of Jesus Christ for the Gospel’s sake, and for the hope of Glory  which is in us— Amen— Joseph Smith Jr.
<Complaint against  > While I was in Jail the following Statements were made by the  Witnesses and sent to , namely— is  guilty of entering the house of Joseph Smith Jr. in the City of  and plundering it of the following articles. viz. One roll of linen Cloth,  a quantity of valuable buttons, one piece of Cassimere, a quantity of very  valuable books of great variety, a number of vestings with various other  articles of value— Said was aided and assisted in the above  transactions by Harvey Green, and — The  above mentioned also came to, and took away  from the Stable of the said above mentioned Joseph Smith Jr. one Gig &  Harness— with some other articles which cannot now be called to mind,  aided and assisted by which can be proven by the following  witnesses— Caroline Clark, , Mrs. Hinkle, Joanna Carter.
<also against J. Stollins.> J. Stollins is guilty of entering the house of Joseph Smith Jr. in the City of   in company with , and another man not known,  and taking from a trunk the property of , an inmate  of said house, one gold ring, which they carried away, also of breaking open  a sealed letter which was in said trunk, inside a pocket book in which  also was the ring above mentioned, besides tossing and abusing the rest of  the Contents of said trunk— which can be proven by the following persons—  Mrs. , Mrs. Sally Hinkle, Caroline Clarke,

25–30 March 1839 • Monday–Saturday

<25   and ’s  Mission to the > Monday 25. About this time Elders and started on their  Mission to see the — They called on the Sheriff of & Jailor  for a copy of the Mittimus by which the Prisoners were held in Custody, but he  confessed he had none, they went to and he made out a kind of  a Mittimus— At this time we had been in prison several months without even  a Mittimus, and that too for crimes said to have been committed in another County.   and took all the papers by which we were held, or which were then  made out for them, with our petitions to the Supreme Judges, and went to Jefferson [p. 906]
March 20 Letter of Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail Brothers and Sisters, we hold them in the most sacred remembrance, we feel to enquire after , if he has not forgotten us, it has not been signified to us by his scrawl. Brother also, and we remember him but would like to jog his memory a little on the fable of the bear and the two friends who mutually agreed to stand by each other and perhaps it would not be amiss to mention , and various others, a word of consolation and a blessing, would not come amiss from any body while we are being so closely whispered by the Bear, but we feel to excuse every body and every thing, yea the more readily when we contemplate that we are in the hands of worse than a Bear, for the Bear would not prey upon a dead carcass— Our respects and love, and fellowship to all the virtuous saints, we are your Brethren and fellow sufferers, and prisoners of Jesus Christ for the Gospel’s sake, and for the hope of Glory which is in us— Amen— Joseph Smith Jr.—
Complaint against While I was in Jail the following Statements were made by the Witnesses and sent to , namely— is guilty of entering the house of Joseph Smith Jr. in the City of and plundering it of the following articles. viz. One roll of linen Cloth, a quantity of valuable buttons, one piece of Cassimere, a quantity of very valuable books of great variety, a number of vestings with various other articles of value— Said was aided and assisted in the above transactions by Harvey Green, and — The above mentioned also came to, and took away from the Stable of the said above mentioned Joseph Smith Jr. one Gig & Harness— with some other articles which cannot now be called to mind, aided and assisted by which can be proven by the following witnesses— Caroline Clark, , Mrs. Hinkle, Joanna Carter.
also against J. Stollins. J. Stollins is guilty of entering the house of Joseph Smith Jr. in the City of in company with , and another man not known, and taking from a trunk the property of , an inmate of said house, one gold ring, which they carried away, also of breaking open a sealed letter which was in said trunk, inside a pocket book in which also was the ring above mentioned, besides tossing and abusing the rest of the Contents of said trunk— which can be proven by the following persons— Mrs. , Mrs. Sally Hinkle, Caroline Clarke,

25–30 March 1839 • Monday–Saturday

25 and ’s Mission to the Monday 25. About this time Elders and started on their Mission to see the — They called on the Sheriff of & Jailor for a copy of the Mittimus by which the Prisoners were held in Custody, but he confessed he had none, they went to and he made out a kind of a Mittimus— At this time we had been in prison several months without even a Mittimus, and that too for crimes said to have been committed in another County. and took all the papers by which we were held, or which were then made out for them, with our petitions to the Supreme Judges, and went to Jefferson [p. 906]
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