Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account, Draft

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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dered in cold blood,’” and <​then​> said to “go, and God bless you. <​who​> then rode as swiftly as he could to . This was evidently designed to drive the citizens of to desperation that they might commit some overt act <​-[]-​> which the could translate <​construe​> into treason; that he might have a shadow of excuse for his mob militia to destroy the Mormons, And, at ’s request, the company returned to to assist in collecting the arms. ( pledging his word as a military man, that Joseph Smith and his friends should be protected, at the expense of his own life; and his men responded to that pledge by three cheers <​ no doubt fearing that the order of the would excite the inhabitants of beyond endurance, and choosing rather to depend upon the well known integrity of Gen. Smith than to risk the chances of exciting a much abused people. <​-[T & S & Fullmer]-​>​> At the same time <​Joseph​> sending <​sent​> a messenger to the with the following letter: “Four miles, -[copy]- “Smith.” <​-[insert 3a]-​> <​* below​> The <​Joseph and his​> company <​with J​> then returned with , and arrived in at 2 ½ P.M. left the Company there, and proceeded <​continued his journey​> to ; Joseph immediately issued the following order: “Head Quarters” -[Copy]- “Legion” <​&​> to have the State Arms collected and taken to the without delay. <​*​> Many of the brethren looked upon this as another [p. 3]
dered in cold blood,’” and then said to “go, and God bless you. who then rode as swiftly as he could to . This was evidently designed to drive the citizens of to desperation that they might commit some overt act -[]- which the could construe into treason; that he might have a shadow of excuse for his mob militia to destroy the Mormons, And, at ’s request, the company returned to to assist in collecting the arms. ( pledging his word as a military man, that Joseph Smith and his friends should be protected, at the expense of his own life; and his men responded to that pledge by three cheers no doubt fearing that the order of the would excite the inhabitants of beyond endurance, and choosing rather to depend upon the well known integrity of Gen. Smith than to risk the chances of exciting a much abused people. -[T & S & Fullmer]- At the same time Joseph sent a messenger to the with the following letter: “Four miles, -[copy]- “Smith.” -[insert 3a]- * below Joseph and his company then returned with , and arrived in at 2 ½ P.M. left the Company there, and continued his journey to ; Joseph immediately issued the following order: “Head Quarters” -[Copy]- “Legion” & to have the State Arms collected and taken to the without delay. * Many of the brethren looked upon this as another [p. 3]
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