Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account, Draft

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<​June 24 midnight No.21 ​> while passing the public square to Hamilton’s tavern, the same <​many​> of the troops made use of the following expressions; which was re echoed in the ears of the , & hundreds of others, “Where is the damd prophet?” Stand away you McDonough troops boys & let us shoot the damd Mormons— clear the way & let us have a view of Joe Smith the prophet of God— he’s seen the last of — we’ll use him up now” while the above expressions were shouted, the put his head out of the window and very meekly said “Gentlemen I know your great anxiety to see Mr. Smith, which is natural enough, but it is quite too late to night for you to have that opportunity, but I assure you Gentlemen that you shall have that privilege tomorow morning as I will cause him to pass before the troops upon the Square and I now wish you, with this assurance quietly & peaceably to return to your quarters” when this declaration was made there was a faint “hurra for ”—
There was a Co of Apostates also quartered at Hamiltons Hotel viz & (formerly Prest. of the Elders quorum) who stated to “that it was determined to shed the blood of Joseph Smith whether he was cleard by the law or not” by not only himself & the mob generally, but by the Laws, Higbees, Fosters & others”, told what had said, but he treated it with perfect indifference.
 
No 22 The Carthage Greys refused to receive them by that introduction, but some of the officers threw up their Hats, drew their swords, & said they would introduce themselves to the damned Mormons in a different style— the mildly entreated them <​not​> to act so rudely, but it increased & the whole Company was ordered under arrest. <​the however succeeded in pacifying them, by making a speech, & promising them that they should have “full satisfaction”.​>
 
<​12a​> No. 23 Several of the officers <​of the troops in ​> and curious other gentn. curious to see the prophet visited his room, to gratify a propensity to see the Elephant. Joseph asked them if there was anything in his appearance that indicated he was the desperate character his enemies represented him to be, and he asked them to give him their honest opinion on the subject, the reply was “No <​Sir,​> General Smith your appearance would indicate the very contrary”, but we cannot see what is in your heart, neither can we tell what are your intentions” to which Joseph replied “very true gentn. you can not see what is in my heart and you are therefore unable to judge me or my intentions, but I can see what is in your hearts and will tell you what I see. I can see you thirst for blood & nothing but my blood will satisfy you, it is not for crime <​of any description​> that I and my brethren are thus continually persecuted & harassed by our enemies, but there are other motives & some of them I have expressed so far as relates to myself & inasmuch as you & the people thirst for blood, I prophecy in the name of the Lord that you shall witness scenes of blood & sorrow to your entire satisfaction, your souls shall be perfectly satiated with blood & many of you who are now present shall have an opportunity to front <​face​> the Cannon’s mouth from sources you think not of, & the people that desire this great evil upon me and my brethren, shall be filled with regret & sorrow because of the scenes of desolation & distress that await them, they shall seek for peace & shall not be able to find it. Gentlemen you will find what I have told you to be true”—
June 24 midnight No.21 while passing the public square to Hamilton’s tavern, many of the troops made use of the following expressions; which was re echoed in the ears of the , & hundreds of others, “Where is the damd prophet?” Stand away you McDonough boys & let us shoot the damd Mormons— clear the way & let us have a view of Joe Smith the prophet of God— he’s seen the last of — we’ll use him up now” while the above expressions were shouted, the put his head out of the window and very meekly said “Gentlemen I know your great anxiety to see Mr. Smith, which is natural enough, but it is quite too late to night for you to have that opportunity, but I assure you Gentlemen that you shall have that privilege tomorow morning as I will cause him to pass before the troops upon the Square and I now wish you, with this assurance quietly & peaceably to return to your quarters” when this declaration was made there was a faint “hurra for ”—
There was a Co of Apostates also quartered at Hamiltons Hotel viz & (formerly Prest. of the Elders quorum) who stated to “that it was determined to shed the blood of Joseph Smith whether he was cleard by the law or not” by not only himself & the mob generally, but by the Laws, Higbees, Fosters & others”, told what had said, but he treated it with perfect indifference.
 
No 22 The Carthage Greys refused to receive them by that introduction, but some of the officers threw up their Hats, drew their swords, & said they would introduce themselves to the damned Mormons in a different style— the mildly entreated them not to act so rudely, but it increased & the whole Company was ordered under arrest. the however succeeded in pacifying them, by making a speech, & promising them that they should have “full satisfaction”.
 
12a No. 23 Several of the officers of the troops in and other gentn. curious to see the prophet visited his room, to gratify a propensity to see the Elephant. Joseph asked them if there was anything in his appearance that indicated he was the desperate character his enemies represented him to be, and he asked them to give him their honest opinion on the subject, the reply was “No Sir, General Smith your appearance would indicate the very contrary”, but we cannot see what is in your heart, neither can we tell what are your intentions” to which Joseph replied “very true gentn. you can not see what is in my heart and you are therefore unable to judge me or my intentions, but I can see what is in your hearts and will tell you what I see. I can see you thirst for blood & nothing but my blood will satisfy you, it is not for crime of any description that I and my brethren are thus continually persecuted & harassed by our enemies, but there are other motives & some of them I have expressed so far as relates to myself & inasmuch as you & the people thirst for blood, I prophecy in the name of the Lord that you shall witness scenes of blood & sorrow to your entire satisfaction, your souls shall be perfectly satiated with blood & many of you who are now present shall have an opportunity to face the Cannon’s mouth from sources you think not of, & the people that desire this great evil upon me and my brethren, shall be filled with regret & sorrow because of the scenes of desolation & distress that await them, they shall seek for peace & shall not be able to find it. Gentlemen you will find what I have told you to be true”—
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