History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

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the constable but to their disappointment and  my sattisfaction he put whip to his horse thus  placing me out of their reach he drove on to the  town of South Bainbridge where he lodged me  for the time being in a room of the Hotel and in  order to make all things secure he slept during  the night on the floor (while I occupied the bed) with  his feet against the door and a loaded gun  at his side declairing that no person should  unlawfully disturb us with impunity. On  the following day a court was convened to in vestigate the charges prefered against me
The falshoods circulated by my enemies  caused great excitement among the people. In  the mean time had secured the  services of and (res pectable farmers men of well known integ rity and well versed in the laws of their )  to assist me. At length the trial commenced am idst a multitude of spectators who generally be lieved me to be guilty and were anxious to see  me punished one of the many witnesses called  up against me was Mr. (of whom  I have heretofore spoken) who was examined as  follows.
Q. Did not the prisoner Joseph Smith have a horse of you
A. Yes Yes.
Q Did not he go to you and tell you that an angel  had appeared unto him and authorized him to get  the horse from you?
Ans. No, he told me no such story
Q Well how had he the horse of you
Ans He bought <it> of me as another man would do
Q Ques. Have you had your pay [p. 76]
the constable but to their disappointment and my sattisfaction he put whip to his horse thus placing me out of their reach he drove on to the town of South Bainbridge where he lodged me for the time being in a room of the Hotel and to make all things secure he slept during the night on the floor (while I occupied the bed) with his feet against the door and a loaded gun at his side declairing that no person should unlawfully disturb us with impunity. On the following day a court was convened to investigate the charges prefered against me
The falshoods circulated by my enemies caused great excitement among the people. In the mean time had secured the services of and (respectable farmers men of well known integrity and well versed in the laws of their ) to assist me. At length the trial commenced amidst a multitude of spectators who generally believed me to be guilty and were anxious to see me punished one of the many witnesses called up against me was Mr. (of whom I have heretofore spoken) who was examined as follows.
Q. Did not the prisoner Joseph Smith have a horse of you
A. Yes.
Q Did not he go to you and tell you that an angel had appeared unto him and authorized him to get the horse from you?
Ans. No, he told me no such story
Q Well how had he the horse of you
Ans He bought it of me as another man would do
Ques. Have you had your pay [p. 76]
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