Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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swearing vengeance against Joseph, and the city  council; and, in fact, the whole . They  went forthwith to , and swore out writs  for Joseph, and all those who were in any wise  concerned in the destruction of the press. But  having no hopes of Justice in that place, the  bretheren took out a writ of habeas corpus, and  were tried before [an] in . With  this the apostates were not satisfied: they then  called upon one Levi Williams, who was a bitter  enemy to us, whenever he was sufficiently sober  to know his own sentiments; for he is drunken,  illiterate, ignorant brute, that never had a par ticle of character or influence, until he began to  call mob meetings, and placed himself at the head  of a rabble like unto himself to drive the Mormons;  when he was joined by certain unmentionable ones  in and ; and, for his zeal in  promoting mobocracy, he became the intimate  acquaintance, and confidential friend of some  certain preachers, lawyers, doctors, Squires, and rep resentatives; and finally of and the  apostates: and now as Col. Levi Williams, he comm ands the Militia (alias mob) of :—  On this man I say they called for assistance to  drag Joseph and , with the rest of the coun cil to . Williams swore it should be  done; and gathered his band together. Joseph,  not choosing to fall into the hands of wolves or  tigers, called upon the Legion to be in readiness  to defend the and its Chartered rights.
Just at this crisis, arrived in  . The apostates then appealed from the [p. 310]
swearing vengeance against Joseph, and the city council; and, in fact, the whole . They went forthwith to , and swore out writs for Joseph, and all those who were in any wise concerned in the destruction of the press. But having no hopes of Justice in that place, the bretheren took out a writ of habeas corpus, and were tried before [an] in . With this the apostates were not satisfied: they then called upon one Levi Williams, who was a bitter enemy to us, whenever he was sufficiently sober to know his own sentiments; for he is drunken, illiterate, ignorant brute, that never had a particle of character or influence, until he began to call mob meetings, and placed himself at the head of a rabble like unto himself to drive the Mormons; when he was joined by certain unmentionable ones in and ; and, for his zeal in promoting mobocracy, he became the intimate acquaintance, and confidential friend of some certain preachers, lawyers, doctors, Squires, and representatives; and finally of and the apostates: and now as Col. Levi Williams, he commands the Militia (alias mob) of :— On this man I say they called for assistance to drag Joseph and , with the rest of the council to . Williams swore it should be done; and gathered his band together. Joseph, not choosing to fall into the hands of wolves or tigers, called upon the Legion to be in readiness to defend the and its Chartered rights.
Just at this crisis, arrived in . The apostates then appealed from the [p. 310]
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