History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and wife and and   and Levi Hale and . Before  he had finished the mob began to collect  and shortly after we had retired, amounted  to upwards of fifty men. They surrounded  the house of (where we were)  raging with anger some asking us questions  others threatning us so that we thought it wise  to leave and seek safety in the house of   here they followed us and  it was only by the exercise of prudence and  reliance upon God that they were kept from  laying violent hands upon us yet we could  not escape their taunts and insults. We  met on <during> the evening of this day to confirm those  who had been baptized when our friends had  nearly collected to my surprise I was arrested  by a constable on charge of being a disor derly person and setting the country in an  uproar by preaching the book of Mormon  &c &c The constable informed me that is it  was the intention of those who had obtained the  warrant to place me in the hands of the mob  who were in ambush at a short distance from  ’s: but that he would thwart them in  their intentions as he found me a different  person from <what> he expected and that my calumni ators had done me great injustice. This I  found to be true for we had gone but a short  distance when the waggon in which we were  riding was surrounded by the mob who that  only waited for a preconcerted signal from [p. 75]
and wife and and and Levi Hale and . Before he had finished the mob began to collect and shortly after we had retired, amounted to upwards of fifty men. They surrounded the house of (where we were) raging with anger some asking us questions others threatning us so that we thought it wise to leave and seek safety in the house of here they followed us and it was only by the exercise of prudence and reliance upon God that they were kept from laying violent hands upon us yet we could not escape their taunts and insults. We met during the evening of this day to confirm those who had been baptized when our friends had nearly collected to my surprise I was arrested by a constable on charge of being a disorderly person and setting the country in an uproar by preaching the book of Mormon &c &c The constable informed me that it was the intention of those who obtained the warrant to place me in the hands of the mob who were in ambush at a short distance from ’s: but that he would thwart them in their intentions as he found me a different person from what he expected and that my calumniators had done me great injustice. This I found to be true for we had gone but a short distance when the waggon in which we were riding was surrounded by the mob that only waited for a preconcerted signal from [p. 75]
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