History, circa 1841, fair copy

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  • Historical Introduction
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who crucified our Savior not knowing what they did.
We were at this time not far distant from my own house  and I wished to spend the night with my family off  offering any amount of security for my appearance  they could ask for but this was denied me with threats  and taunts. On asking for food the constable or dered some crusts of bread and cold water which  was the only sustenance I received that night
Atlength we retired to bed directing me to lie to the  wall and placing himself by my side put his arm  around me and if I moved he would clinch me fast  fearing that I would escape and in this disagreea ble night manner I spent the night
Next day I was brought before the Mag istrates. Court of and put upon my  trial. My former faithful friends again ap peared at the bar in my behalf while my former  enemies were still arrayed against me. Many  witnesses were examined and some of whom swore  to the most palpable falsehoods and like those  of the day previous contradicted themselves so often  and so pointedly that the court was compeled to  see the intrigue and injustice <of my> persecutors and inf luenced it to prohibit the admittance of their  testimony. Others evinced their zeal and desire  to convict me of some thing but all they could do  was to tell something that other persons had said
At length s was examined by   assisted by one who had  been especially sent for on this occasion and he  () being the more zealous Sectarian of the  two seemed determined to put a stop to my prea ching of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that the peo ple should not be deluded by one who believed  in the power of Godliness and not denying the pow er thereof. As soon as s had been  sworn proceeded to examine him  as follows [p. 78]
who crucified our Savior not knowing what they did.
We were at this time not far distant from my own house and I wished to spend the night with my family offering any amount of security for my appearance they could ask for but this was denied me with threats and taunts. On asking for food the constable ordered some crusts of bread and cold water which was the only sustenance I received that night
Atlength we retired to bed directing me to lie to the wall and placing himself by my side put his arm around me and if I moved he would clinch me fast fearing that I would escape and in this disagreeable manner I spent the night
Next day I was brought before the Magistrates. Court of and put upon my trial. My former faithful friends again appeared at the bar in my behalf while my former enemies were still arrayed against me. Many witnesses were examined and some of whom swore to the most palpable falsehoods and like those of the day previous contradicted themselves so often and so pointedly that the court was compeled to see the intrigue and injustice of my persecutors and influenced it to prohibit the admittance of their testimony. Others evinced their zeal and desire to convict me of some thing but all they could do was to tell something that other persons had said
At length s was examined by assisted by one who had been especially sent for on this occasion and he () being the more zealous Sectarian of the two seemed determined to put a stop to my preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that the people should not be deluded by one who believed in the power of Godliness and not denying the power thereof. As soon as s had been sworn proceeded to examine him as follows [p. 78]
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