Account of Hearings, circa 20 December 1843

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care about shooting some of the mormons —in conversation I had with him he carried the idea that a conspiracy was formed against Joseph Smith and others, and that some of them would be shot. These conversations were had at different times. He thought Mr. Smith was a bad character. He thought they ought to be taken. Ques. Who? Joseph Smith, and some others. I told him he had been taken, but had been acquitted. He did not thank the for that. He carried the idea that there was a conspiracy against his life, and said we have a plan in operation that will pop him over.
Question by court. Do you know how long has been in the ? No.
By counsel for . Did you hear him state that he himself would do any thing? I heard him state nothing further than I have mentioned.
and sworn.
By the court. Is your residence in this ? Yes.
sworn.
I have heard of the things stated but not from him.
Messrs. and , attorneys, resident in , made some thrilling remarks pertaining to the outrageous proceedings of . The diabolical conduct of those wretches who could be engaged in destroying and kidnapping their fellow men was portrayed in glowing colors. Judge Phelps and General Smith then followed on the same subject, their language was thrilling eloquent and powerful: if ever inhumanity and deeds of blood were depicted in their true colors it was on that occasion; their thoughts flashed as fire and they spake in ‘words that burned.’ We never saw the character of General Smith so clearly developed for while he abhorred and depicted the fiendish crime that the stood charged with in its true colors, he pitied the poor wretch that then stood before him, and with feelings of commiseration, benevolence and philanthropy, withdrew his charge, wished if it was in the power of the court that the culprit might be forgiven, promised to pay all the charges, and invited him and those of his friends who came along, to come to his house and they should be taken care of. It would be superfluous for us to attempt to give even a faint outline of the remarks made by the above named gentlemen, we hope to have at least a synopsis of their speeches for publication which we are sure would be highly interesting to our readers, Upon the whole, although a painful, yet it was an interesting occasion and will long be remembered, and unless ’s heart, and those of his friends, were made of adamant, it must have made an indelible impresson on their minds and almost made them hate themselves.
Since the above was in type, we have received information that Mr. is now in the jail, where, no doubt, he will be safely kept.
We have also received information that the celebrated mober, Col. Williams, with his possey, have left for ; we suppose that he has found out the pleasure of entertai[ni]ng mobs. [p. [3]]
care about shooting some of the mormons —in conversation I had with him he carried the idea that a conspiracy was formed against Joseph Smith and others, and that some of them would be shot. These conversations were had at different times. He thought Mr. Smith was a bad character. He thought they ought to be taken. Ques. Who? Joseph Smith, and some others. I told him he had been taken, but had been acquitted. He did not thank the for that. He carried the idea that there was a conspiracy against his life, and said we have a plan in operation that will pop him over.
Question by court. Do you know how long has been in the ? No.
By counsel for . Did you hear him state that he himself would do any thing? I heard him state nothing further than I have mentioned.
and sworn.
By the court. Is your residence in this ? Yes.
sworn.
I have heard of the things stated but not from him.
Messrs. and , attorneys, resident in , made some thrilling remarks pertaining to the outrageous proceedings of . The diabolical conduct of those wretches who could be engaged in destroying and kidnapping their fellow men was portrayed in glowing colors. Judge Phelps and General Smith then followed on the same subject, their language was thrilling eloquent and powerful: if ever inhumanity and deeds of blood were depicted in their true colors it was on that occasion; their thoughts flashed as fire and they spake in ‘words that burned.’ We never saw the character of General Smith so clearly developed for while he abhorred and depicted the fiendish crime that the stood charged with in its true colors, he pitied the poor wretch that then stood before him, and with feelings of commiseration, benevolence and philanthropy, withdrew his charge, wished if it was in the power of the court that the culprit might be forgiven, promised to pay all the charges, and invited him and those of his friends who came along, to come to his house and they should be taken care of. It would be superfluous for us to attempt to give even a faint outline of the remarks made by the above named gentlemen, we hope to have at least a synopsis of their speeches for publication which we are sure would be highly interesting to our readers, Upon the whole, although a painful, yet it was an interesting occasion and will long be remembered, and unless ’s heart, and those of his friends, were made of adamant, it must have made an indelible impresson on their minds and almost made them hate themselves.
Since the above was in type, we have received information that Mr. is now in the jail, where, no doubt, he will be safely kept.
We have also received information that the celebrated mober, Col. Williams, with his possey, have left for ; we suppose that he has found out the pleasure of entertaining mobs. [p. [3]]
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