History, circa 1841, fair copy

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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 thir country) to assist me.
At length the trial commenced amidst a multitude  of spectaters 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.
Question, Did not the prisoner Joseph Smith have  a horse of you
Ans Yes
Ques 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
Ques Well how had he the horse of you
Ans He bought it of me as another man would do
Qus Have you had your pay
Ans That is not your business. The question  being put the witness replied I hold his note for  the price of the horse which I consider as good as  the pay for I am well acquainted with Joseph  Smith Jr. I know him to be an honest man and  if he wishes I am ready to let him have another  horse on the same terms. [p. 76]
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 meantime had secured the services of and (respectable farmers men of well known integrity and well versed in the laws of thir country) to assist me.
At length the trial commenced amidst a multitude of spectaters 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.
Question, Did not the prisoner Joseph Smith have a horse of you
Ans Yes
Ques 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
Ques Well how had he the horse of you
Ans He bought it of me as another man would do
Qus Have you had your pay
Ans That is not your business. The question being put the witness replied I hold his note for the price of the horse which I consider as good as the pay for I am well acquainted with Joseph Smith Jr. I know him to be an honest man and if he wishes I am ready to let him have another horse on the same terms. [p. 76]
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