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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

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to form themselves into a secret Society  which they termed the Brother of Gideon,  in the which Society they took oaths that  they would Support a brother wright or  wrong even to the sheding of blood. also to
thus those who belonged tho [to] this society  were bound to keep it a profound Secret  never to reveal but ever to conceal these  abominations from all and every person  axcept those who were of the same Craft.  But these things could not be kept a secret  in consequence of betreyers who fel from  their faith, and revealed their Secrets
thus things were carried on by secret  plots and midnight machinations, which  Society was begining to be established in   Ohio. in the fall of 1836.
The formation of these things together  with adultery wickedness and abominations  which grew and Multiplied in the heads and  members of the Church of Christ of Latter  Day Saints Brought Joseph Smith & his  brother to an untimely end as  also the scattering of the Church and the  twelve who assumed the authority of leading  the Church were Scattered from  and Suffered great affliction. As also who also professes to be appointed  by a letter received from Joseph as being app ointed Seer Revelator Profit & Successor  of him Joseph, also he  drew away a portion after him.
Now it came to pass that the twelve  of whom is leader i[page torn] [p. 96]
to form themselves into a secret Society which they termed the Brother of Gideon, in the which Society they took oaths that they would Support a brother wright or wrong even to the sheding of blood.
thus those who belonged tho [to] this society were bound to keep it a profound Secret never to reveal but ever to conceal these abominations from all and every person axcept those who were of the same Craft. But these things could not be kept a secret in consequence of betreyers who fel from their faith, and revealed their Secrets
thus things were carried on by secret plots and midnight machinations, which Society was begining to be established in Ohio. in the fall of 1836.
The formation of these things together with adultery wickedness and abominations which grew and Multiplied in the heads and members of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints Brought Joseph Smith & his brother to an untimely end as also the scattering of the Church and the twelve who assumed the authority of leading the Church were Scattered from and Suffered great affliction. As also who also professes to be appointed by a letter received from Joseph as being appointed Seer Revelator Profit & Successor of him Joseph, also he drew away a portion after him.
Now it came to pass that the twelve of whom is leader i[page torn] [p. 96]
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