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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

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a charter granted for the City of . in which they organized themselves according to their own desires— Now according to the best information I could get they the leaders protested [a]gainst Spiritual wife System & gadianton bands & their wickedness publickly but I will show hereafter that they did not do as did the Lamanites, in the days of the Nephites when they were convinced of the incorrect traditons of their fathers for when they were once converted they remained so unto the day of their death.
As soon as the Lord gave Smith & the church favor in the eyes of the people among whom they lived, and began to prosper them and many began to gather to — Smith and the leaders began to excercise their hatred to those whom he called his enemies— he hired a man by the name of (who was one of the gadianton band of whom I heretofore spoke of.). to go and murder a man by the Name of who had been elected Gov. by the people of the state of but was not gov. at the time Smith sent him to commit this crime— Resided at , the place appointed for the land of <Zion> yea the New Jerusalem. So went to and at night he went to the house of and shot him through the window but he did not kill him only wounded him severely but he recovered.
was caught and put to Jail and I believ he was tried by a Jury of inquiry but was not sufficient testimony to condem him, though it is a well known fact that [p. 90]
a charter granted for the City of . in which they organized themselves according to their own desires— Now according to the best information I could get they the leaders protested [a]gainst Spiritual wife System & gadianton bands & their wickedness publickly but I will show hereafter that they did not do as did the Lamanites, in the days of the Nephites when they were convinced of the incorrect traditons of their fathers for when they were once converted they remained so unto the day of their death.
As soon as the Lord gave Smith & the church favor in the eyes of the people among whom they lived, and began to prosper them and many began to gather to — Smith and the leaders began to excercise their hatred to those whom he called his enemies— he hired a man by the name of (who was one of the gadianton band of whom I heretofore spoke of.). to go and murder a man by the Name of who had been elected Gov. by the people of the state of but was not gov. at the time Smith sent him to commit this crime— Resided at , the place appointed for the land of Zion yea the New Jerusalem. So went to and at night he went to the house of and shot him through the window but he did not kill him only wounded him severely but he recovered.
was caught and put to Jail and I believ he was tried by a Jury of inquiry but was not sufficient testimony to condem him, though it is a well known fact that [p. 90]
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