History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

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but that he was determined to save me from them, as he had found me  to be a different kind of person, from what had been represented to  him. We got into <had> a waggon to travel in and he I soon found that he  had told me the truth in this matter, for not far from ’s  house the waggon was surrounded by the mob, who seemed only to  await some signal from the constable, but to their great disappoint ment—he gave the horse the whip, and left them far behind—  and drove me out of their reach, however whilst we were driving pretty  quickly along one of our wheels came off, which left us very nearly once  more in their power, as they were in close pursuit, however we managed  to get the wheel on again and once more left them behind, he drove on  to <a town> what which was then called south Bainbridge, <in Chenango Co> where he lodged me for  the time being in an upper room in a Tavern there, and in order  that all might be right with me, and himself also, he slept all  during the night, with his feet against the door, and a loaded musket  by his side whilst I occupied a bed, which was [in] the room.  have declared that if we were interrupted, he would fight for me  and defend me as far as in his power.
A court was here convened on the [blank] day of [blank] for the purpose of  investigating those charges which had been preferred against me.  A great excitement prevailed, on account of the scandalous falsehoods  which had been circulated, the nature of which will come out in the  sequel. In the mean time we as soon as Mr had  heard of my arrest, he immediately repaired to two of his neighbours  respectable farmers <viz: Esq. & men>, renowned for their integrity and well-versed  in the laws of their country, and retained them on my behalf  on the coming trial. At length the trial commenced amidst  a multitude of spectators who in general evinced a belief of that I  was guilty, of all that had been hatched reported concerning me.  and of course were very zealous that I should be punished, according  to my crimes— <among many witnesses> Mr , (of whom I have heretofore spoken)  was called up and examined <questioned>, <nearly> as follows, Did not the prisener  Joseph Smith have a horse of you? Ansr Yes, 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. Answer No, he told me no such story [p. [17]]
but that he was determined to save me from them, as he had found me to be a different kind of person, from what had been represented to him. We had a waggon to travel in and I soon found that he had told me the truth in this matter, for not far from ’s house the waggon was surrounded by the mob, who seemed only to await some signal from the constable, but to their great disappointment—he gave the horse the whip, and drove me out of their reach, however whilst we were driving pretty quickly along one of our wheels came off, which left us very nearly once more in their power, as they were in close pursuit, however we managed to get the wheel on again and once more left them behind, he drove on to a town which was then called south Bainbridge, in Chenango Co where he lodged me for the time being in an upper room in a Tavern there, and in order that all might be right with me, and himself also, he slept during the night, with his feet against the door, and a loaded musket by his side whilst I occupied a bed, which was [in] the room. have declared that if we were interrupted, he would fight for me and defend me as far as in his power.
A court was here convened on the [blank] day of [blank] for the purpose of investigating those charges which had been preferred against me. A great excitement prevailed, on account of the scandalous falsehoods which had been circulated, the nature of which will come out in the sequel. In the mean time as soon as Mr had heard of my arrest, he immediately repaired to two of his neighbours respectable farmers viz: Esq. & men, renowned for their integrity and well-versed in the laws of their country, and retained them on my behalf on the coming trial. At length the trial commenced amidst a multitude of spectators who in general evinced a belief that I was guilty, of all that had been reported concerning me. and of course were very zealous that I should be punished, according to my crimes— among many witnesses Mr , (of whom I have heretofore spoken) was called up and questioned, nearly as follows, Did not the prisener Joseph Smith have a horse of you? Ansr Yes, 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. Answer No, he told me no such story [p. [17]]
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