Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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The Esq. <Magistrate> then forbid the introduction of any more witnesses until should be sworn; who being called upon testified with boldness, descission, and energy to a few simple facts. When he rose he raised his hand to heaven and said: “I can swear that Joseph Smith has never got one dollar from me by persuasion since God made me:— I did once of my own free will and accord, put $50. into his hands, in the presence of many witnesses, for the purpose of doing the work of the Lord— This I can pointedly prove; and I can tell you, furthermore, that I have never seen in Joseph Smith, a disposition to take any man’s money without giving him a reasonable compensation in return:— and as to the plates which he professes to have; Gentlemen, if you do not believe it; but continue to resist the truth, it will one day be the means of damning your souls.”
After hearing this testimony the Magistrate told them they need not call any more witnesses; but ordered them to bring him what had been written of the testimony already given; which he tore in pieces before their eyes; and then told them to go home about thier business, and trouble him no more with such ridiculous folly. And they did go home, perfectly cap fallen in consequence of their discomfiture. [p. 148]
The Magistrate then forbid the introduction of any more witnesses until should be sworn; who being called upon testified with boldness, descission, and energy to a few simple facts. When he rose he raised his hand to heaven and said: “I can swear that Joseph Smith has never got one dollar from me by persuasion since God made me:— I did once of my own free will and accord, put $50. into his hands, in the presence of many witnesses, for the purpose of doing the work of the Lord— This I can pointedly prove; and I can tell you, furthermore, that I have never seen in Joseph Smith, a disposition to take any man’s money without giving him a reasonable compensation in return:— and as to the plates which he professes to have; Gentlemen, if you do not believe it; but continue to resist the truth, it will one day be the means of damning your souls.”
After hearing this testimony the Magistrate told them they need not call any more witnesses; but ordered them to bring him what had been written of the testimony already given; which he tore in pieces before their eyes; and then told them to go home about thier business, and trouble him no more with such ridiculous folly. And they did go home, perfectly cap fallen in consequence of their discomfiture. [p. 148]
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