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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<April 5> William Bowman swore in the presence of that he “would  never eat or drink, after he had seen Jo Smith until he had murdered him”.
Also Eight men— (who was the County Judge) Dr. Laffity,  and five others came into the Committee Room and presented to  the paper containing — — — — — — — — — — the Revelation of July 8. 1838.  to Joseph Smith, that the Twelve were to take their leave, at the building in   on the twenty sixth of April, to go to the Isles of the Sea, and then  asked him to read it— said “Gentlemen I am well acquainted with it,”  they said “then you as a rational man, will give up Joseph Smith being a Prophet  and an Inspired Man— now he, and the twelve are scattered all over the Creation  let them come here, if they dare, if they do, they will be murdered— as that  revelation cannot be fulfilled, you will now give up your faith”— jumped  up and said “in the name of God, that Revelation will be fulfilled”, they laughed  him to scorn— hung down his head— they said “if they  (the Twelve) come, they will get murdered— they dare not come to take their  leave here— that is like all the rest of Jo. Smith’s dam’d prophecies— they  commenced on and said, he “had better do as has done,  he is going to publish a book called “mormonism farely delineated,” he is  a sensible man, and you had better assist him”— said, Gentlemen,  “I presume there are men here who have heard say, Mormonism  was true, Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and inspired of God &c I now call  upon you, , you say is a moral and good man,  do you believe him, when he says the Book of Mormon is true, or when  it is not true, there are … many things published that they say is true,  and again turn round and say it is false” asked do you  hint at me? replied “if the cap fits you, wear it, all I know,  you have published to the world that an angel did present those plates  to Joseph Smith” replied “I now say, I handled those plates,  there was fine engravings on both sides— I handled them,” and he described  how they were hung, and “they were shewn to me by a supernatural power”  he acknowledged all— asked him “why the translation is not  now true,” he said “I cannot read it, and I do not know whether it is true  or not”— testified all this in the presence of Eight Men—
<Committee> The Committee met and Brother W[illiam] Huntington made report of his Journey  to on business of Committee. The subject of providing some  Clothing for the Prisoners at was discussed and the propriety of  sending two Brethren to to make sales of some lands, was taken  up and Elders , and were appointed, a Bill of  Clothing for the Prisoners having been made up was presented  and given to those appointed to go to that they might procure the  goods on the sales of Land.

6 April 1839 • Saturday

<6> Saturday 6 April, evidently fearing a change of venue, or  some movement on our part to escape his unhallowed persecution; (and  most probably expecting that we would be murdered on the way) hurried [p. 913]
April 5 William Bowman swore in the presence of that he “would never eat or drink, after he had seen Jo Smith until he had murdered him”.
Also Eight men— (who was the County Judge) Dr. Laffity, and five others came into the Committee Room and presented to the paper containing — — — — — — — — — — the Revelation of July 8. 1838. to Joseph Smith, that the Twelve were to take their leave, at the building in on the twenty sixth of April, to go to the Isles of the Sea, and then asked him to read it— said “Gentlemen I am well acquainted with it,” they said “then you as a rational man, will give up Joseph Smith being a Prophet and an Inspired Man— now he, and the twelve are scattered all over the Creation let them come here, if they dare, if they do, they will be murdered— as that revelation cannot be fulfilled, you will now give up your faith”— jumped up and said “in the name of God, that Revelation will be fulfilled”, they laughed him to scorn— hung down his head— they said “if they (the Twelve) come, they will get murdered— they dare not come to take their leave here— that is like all the rest of Jo. Smith’s dam’d prophecies— they commenced on and said, he “had better do as has done, he is going to publish a book called “mormonism farely delineated,” he is a sensible man, and you had better assist him”— said, Gentlemen, “I presume there are men here who have heard say, Mormonism was true, Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and inspired of God &c I now call upon you, , you say is a moral and good man, do you believe him, when he says the Book of Mormon is true, or when it is not true, there are … many things published that they say is true, and again turn round and say it is false” asked do you hint at me? replied “if the cap fits you, wear it, all I know, you have published to the world that an angel did present those plates to Joseph Smith” replied “I now say, I handled those plates, there was fine engravings on both sides— I handled them,” and he described how they were hung, and “they were shewn to me by a supernatural power” he acknowledged all— asked him “why the translation is not now true,” he said “I cannot read it, and I do not know whether it is true or not”— testified all this in the presence of Eight Men—
Committee The Committee met and Brother William Huntington made report of his Journey to on business of Committee. The subject of providing some Clothing for the Prisoners at was discussed and the propriety of sending two Brethren to to make sales of some lands, was taken up and Elders , and were appointed, a Bill of Clothing for the Prisoners having been made up was presented and given to those appointed to go to that they might procure the goods on the sales of Land.

6 April 1839 • Saturday

6 Saturday 6 April, evidently fearing a change of venue, or some movement on our part to escape his unhallowed persecution; (and most probably expecting that we would be murdered on the way) hurried [p. 913]
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