Journal, March–September 1838

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influencing her mind if possible, to believe his power was  sufficient, to make her forever miserable; provided she compl ied not with his request. &c. Accordingly, they came to an  agreement, and were soon to be married, but fortunately  or unfortunately for both parties previous to the nuptial  arrival of the nuptial day, Behold!! to the asstonishment  of our defendant, the of arrived at  home, and consequently, disanuled the proceedings of the  above alluded parties, the old gentleman , at this time  (if not before,) knew verry well, that his god who gave his  these revelations, (if any revelations he had,) must of cou rse be no less than the devil, and in order to paliate  the justice of his crime, sadled the whole burden upon  the devil, that in scourging the person, who had previo usly befriended him, and counseled him in his  former days; peradventure he might extricate himself  from the Snare, of his own setting, and dictation.  But, alass!! to[o] late for the old man, the testimony,  being closed, and the Sword of Justice, began to be un sheathed, which fell upon the old man like a scour ge of ten thousand lashes, wielded by the hand  of President & , inspired  by the spirit of justice, accompanied with a flow  of elequence, which searched for the feelings, like the  sting of so many scorpions, which served to atone for  past iniquity. there were no feelings that were not felt  after, there were no sores that were not probed, there  were no excuses rend[e]red that were not exceptionable.  After Justice had ceased to weild his <its> sword,  Mercy then advanced to rescue its victom, which insp ired the heart of President J. Smith Jr, &  who, with profound elequence <&> with <a> deep & sublime  thought, with clemency of feeling, spoke in faivour  of mercy the defendant, but in length of time, while  mercy appeared to be doing her utmost, in contending  against justice, the latter at last gained the  ascendency, and took full power over <possession of> the mind of [p. 36]
influencing her mind if possible, to believe his power was sufficient, to make her forever miserable; provided she complied not with his request. &c. Accordingly, they came to an agreement, and were soon to be married, but fortunately or unfortunately for both parties previous to the arrival of the nuptial day, Behold!! to the asstonishment of our defendant, the of arrived at home, and consequently, disanuled the proceedings of the above alluded parties, the old gentleman , at this time (if not before,) knew verry well, that his god who gave these revelations, (if revelations he had,) must of course be no less than the devil, and in order to paliate the justice of his crime, sadled the whole burden upon the devil, that in scourging the person, who had previously befriended him, and counseled him in his former days; peradventure he might extricate himself from the Snare, of his own setting, and dictation. But, alass!! too late for the old man, the testimony, being closed, and the Sword of Justice, began to be unsheathed, which fell upon the old man like a scourge of ten thousand lashes, wielded by the hand of President & , inspired by the spirit of justice, accompanied with a flow of elequence, which searched for the feelings, like the sting of so many scorpions, which served to atone for past iniquity. there were no feelings that were not felt after, there were no sores that were not probed, there were no excuses rendered that were not exceptionable. After Justice had ceased to weild its sword, Mercy then advanced to rescue its victom, which inspired the heart of President J. Smith Jr, & who, with profound elequence with a deep & sublime thought, with clemency of feeling, spoke in faivour of the defendant, but in length of time, while mercy appeared to be doing her utmost, in contending against justice, the latter at last gained the ascendency, and took full possession of the mind of [p. 36]
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