History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

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  • Historical Introduction
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<And> a young woman, <named > a sister in law to was forcibly  taken upon a power of attorney, and <forcibly> carried out of the neighborhood  because her relations understood her to be in the way of believing our  doctrine. Early however on Monday morning we wer on the  alert, and got together quite early in the before our enemies were awar[e]  we soon repaired the dam, and proceeded to baptize—when the  following thirteen persons were baptized for the remission of their  sins under the hands of . Viz:
, & wife, &   & &  , , <&> .
Before we had yet finished the baptism of these, the same mob  began again to collect together, and shortly after we had done  and retired to the house of , the mob had amounted  to about fifty men. They surrounded the House, raging  with anger, and apparently wishful to commit violence upon us,  some of them asked questions, others threatened us, and annoyed us so  much that we thought it wisdom to leave and go to the house of  . They followed us there also, and it was  with great persevereance and prudence that we were enabled to  keep them in bounds untill we succeeded in Confirming  those who had been baptized, Some <Numbers> of the brethren had to  constantly keep the door and keep them in talk, <&> answer their  various and unprofitable questions, so long as they were inclined  to stay. I talked to them considerable, but in general to no  purpose. We had appointed a meeting on the evening of the same  day, for the purpose of confirmations, the time appointed had arrived  and our friends had nearly all collected together, when to my surprise  I was visited by a constable, and arrested by him, on <a> warrant  on a charge of being a disorderly person, of setting the country in an  uproar by preaching the Book of Mormon, and various other such like  charges. The constable informed me soon after he had arrested  me that the plan of those who had got out this warrant, was to get me  into the hands of the mob who were now lying in ambust [ambush] for me [p. [16]]
And a young woman, named a sister in law to was taken upon a power of attorney, and forcibly carried out of the neighborhood because her relations understood her to be in the way of believing our doctrine. Early however on Monday morning we wer on the alert, and got together before our enemies were aware we soon repaired the dam, and proceeded to baptize—when the following thirteen persons were baptized for the remission of their sins under the hands of . Viz:
, & wife, & & & , , & .
Before we had yet finished the baptism of these, the same mob began again to collect together, and shortly after we had done and retired to the house of , the mob amounted to about fifty men. They surrounded the House, raging with anger, and apparently wishful to commit violence upon us, some of them asked questions, others threatened us, and annoyed us so much that we thought it wisdom to leave and go to the house of . They followed us there also, and it was with great persevereance and prudence that we were enabled to keep them in bounds Numbers of the brethren had to constantly keep the door and keep them in talk, & answer their various and unprofitable questions, so long as they were inclined to stay. I talked to them considerable, but in general to no purpose. We had appointed a meeting on the evening of the same day, for the purpose of confirmations, the time appointed had arrived and our friends had nearly all collected together, when to my surprise I was visited by a constable, and arrested by him, on a warrant on a charge of being a disorderly person, of setting the country in an uproar by preaching the Book of Mormon, and various other such like charges. The constable informed me soon after he had arrested me that the plan of those who had got out this warrant, was to get me into the hands of the mob who were now lying in ambust [ambush] for me [p. [16]]
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