History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<January 2> whole world, But said Mr. Sollars “May I not repent and be baptized, and not pay any attention to dreams, visions, and other gifts of the Spirit?” I replied, suppose I am travelling and am hungry, and meet with a man and tell him I am hungry; and he tells me to go yonder, there is a house for entertainment, go and knock. and you must conform to all the rules of the house, or you cannot satisfy your hunger, knock, call for food, sit down and eat, and I go and knock and ask for food, and sit down to the table, but do not eat, shall I satisfy my hunger? No! I must eat: the gifts are the food; and “the graces of the Spirit” are the gifts of the Spirit.
When I first commenced this work, and had got two or three individuals to believe, I went about 30 miles with , and only one horse between us, to see them— when we arrived a mob of about a hundred <men> came upon us before we had time to eat, and chased us all night, and we arrived back again, having travelled about 60 miles in all, and without food a little after day light; I have often travelled all night to see the brethren, and <when travelling to preach the gospel among strangers> have frequently been turned away without food. Thus the evening was spent in conversation and teaching and closed by singing and prayer, when we parted [blank], and , , and myself lay down upon <a bed on the floor> and enjoyed refreshing rest till morning.
3 January 1843 • Tuesday
<3> Tuesday 3rd. After breakfast called on Sister Crane, and blessed her little baby Joseph Smith and returned to ’, where we conversed with Messrs. [M.] Trobridge, Jonas Browning and others on my old case of treason— At 9½ went to the Court room and had conversation with Messrs. , Owen, , [Lyman] Prentice and others— at 12 returned and spent the P. M. <afternoon> at — At dusk the Marshal called with Subpoenas for my witnesses— spent the evening with the brethren at , in a very social manner, and prophesied in the name of the Lord that no very formidable opposition would be raised at my trial on the morrow— Slept on a Sofa as usual while at
4 January 1843 • Wednesday
<4> Wednesday 4. At 9 o’clock A. M. repaired to the Court Room, Judge on the Bench and 10 Ladies by his side, when Attorney General of the State of , appeared and moved to dismiss the proceedings, and filed the following objections to the jurisdiction of the Court— viz— 1st. The arrest and detention of Smith was not under or by color of authority of the , or of any officers of the , but under or by color of authority of the State of , by the officers of . 2nd. when a fugitive from justice is arrested by authority of the Governor of any State, upon the requisition of the Governor of another State, the Courts of justice, neither State or Federal, have any authority or jurisdiction to enquire into any facts behind the Writ.” My counsel then offered to read in evidence affidavits of several persons, showing conclusively that I was at , in the County of Hancock and State of Illinois, on the whole of the 6th. and 7th. days of May, in the year 1842 and on the evenings of those days, more than three hundred miles distant from, in the State of , where it is alleged that the said was shot, and that I had not been in the State of at any time between the 10th. day of February and the 1st. day of July 1842, the said persons having been with me during the whole of that period— That on the 6th. day of May aforesaid; I attended an officer’s drill at aforesaid, in the presence of a large number of people, and on the 7th. day of May aforesaid I reviewed the Nauvoo Legion in presence of many thousand people. The reading of these Affidavits was objected to [p. 1435]
January 2 whole world, But said Mr. Sollars “May I not repent and be baptized, and not pay any attention to dreams, visions, and other gifts of the Spirit?” I replied, suppose I am travelling and am hungry, and meet with a man and tell him I am hungry; and he tells me to go yonder, there is a house for entertainment, go and knock. and you must conform to all the rules of the house, or you cannot satisfy your hunger, knock, call for food, sit down and eat, and I go and knock and ask for food, and sit down to the table, but do not eat, shall I satisfy my hunger? No! I must eat: the gifts are the food; and “the graces of the Spirit” are the gifts of the Spirit.
When I first commenced this work, and had got two or three individuals to believe, I went about 30 miles with , and only one horse between us, to see them— when we arrived a mob of about a hundred men came upon us before we had time to eat, and chased us all night, and we arrived back again, having travelled about 60 miles in all, and without food a little after day light; I have often travelled all night to see the brethren, and when travelling to preach the gospel among strangers have frequently been turned away without food. Thus the evening was spent in conversation and teaching and closed by singing and prayer, when we parted [blank], and , , and myself lay down upon a bed on the floor and enjoyed refreshing rest till morning.
3 January 1843 • Tuesday
3 Tuesday 3rd. After breakfast called on Sister Crane, and blessed her little baby Joseph Smith and returned to ’, where we conversed with Messrs. [M.] Trobridge, Jonas Browning and others on my old case of treason— At 9½ went to the Court room and had conversation with Messrs. , Owen, , [Lyman] Prentice and others— at 12 returned and spent the afternoon at — At dusk the Marshal called with Subpoenas for my witnesses— spent the evening with the brethren at , in a very social manner, and prophesied in the name of the Lord that no very formidable opposition would be raised at my trial on the morrow— Slept on a Sofa as usual while at
4 January 1843 • Wednesday
4 Wednesday 4. At 9 o’clock A. M. repaired to the Court Room, Judge on the Bench and 10 Ladies by his side, when Attorney General of the State of , appeared and moved to dismiss the proceedings, and filed the following objections to the jurisdiction of the Court— viz— 1st. The arrest and detention of Smith was not under or by color of authority of the , or of any officers of the , but under or by color of authority of the State of , by the officers of . 2nd. when a fugitive from justice is arrested by authority of the Governor of any State, upon the requisition of the Governor of another State, the Courts of justice, neither State or Federal, have any authority or jurisdiction to enquire into any facts behind the Writ.” My counsel then offered to read in evidence affidavits of several persons, showing conclusively that I was at , in the County of Hancock and State of Illinois, on the whole of the 6th. and 7th. days of May, in the year 1842 and on the evenings of those days, more than three hundred miles distant from, in the State of , where it is alleged that the said was shot, and that I had not been in the State of at any time between the 10th. day of February and the 1st. day of July 1842, the said persons having been with me during the whole of that period— That on the 6th. day of May aforesaid; I attended an officer’s drill at aforesaid, in the presence of a large number of people, and on the 7th. day of May aforesaid I reviewed the Nauvoo Legion in presence of many thousand people. The reading of these Affidavits was objected to [p. 1435]
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