John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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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 chur ch 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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