Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account, Draft

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  • Historical Introduction
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to the writ, but for fear of his life if he went to , and therefore <​he had​> agreed <​preferred​> to go before Esq. , <​a gentleman <​of high legal attainments​> who is in no way connected with the Mormon Church.​> go on prairie to Appenoose [blank] that he had sent <​frequent​> expresses and letters to the <​; <​that​> Dr. , Dr. & Mr also wrote <​had written​> letters to the ;​> wrote <​that he had written​> another letter to the <​which was sent on the 15th June,​> by . <​Wrote <​that he had written​> again on the 16th June enclosing affidavits and​> sent <​them by Messrs. ​> and <​& John Bills.​> <​He also alluded to <​read​>​> ’s certificate <​of the proceedings of the mob at ​> <​also to his <​his​>​> Proclamation<​, and his orders​> of <​as​> Lieutenant General to , <​and the proceedings of the City Council of , and copies of communications forwarded to . *​> <​* Also his letter of the 21 June which was sent by & Mr , and his letter of the 22nd which was sent by and .​>
Marshal <​​> explained [blank] about <​giving passes to persons going in and out of the city​> passes [blank] and <​denied that any​> arrests <​had been made.​> Marshalled the [blank] had no power any thing further [blank] brought here . [blank] acted on the State of the <​, and referred to the​> trial before <​, which did not satisfy the feeling of the people in & about .​> <​The​> thought <​admitted that​> sufficient time had not been allowed by the posse <​for the Defendants​> to get ready <​or to gather their witnesses, and it​> can be very safely admitted that your statements are true [blank]<​, and​> was satisfied now they <​that the people of ​> had <​acted according to the best of their judgement​> <​it was very evident from the excitement created by his <​Mr. Smith’s​> enemies​>
<​​> said <​that​> it would have been unsafe for Joseph <​him​> to come <​to , for under such circumstances he could not have had an impartial trial.​> The <​said <​he​>​> came here to enforce the laws on all <​the​> people <​whether Mormons or not​> <​and​> [p. 24]
to the writ, but for fear of his life if he went to , he had preferred to go before Esq. , a gentleman of high legal attainments who is in no way connected with the Mormon Church. go on prairie to Appenoose [blank] that he had sent frequent expresses and letters to the ; that Dr. , Dr. & Mr also had written letters to the ; that he had written another letter to the which was sent on the 15th June, by . that he had written again on the 16th June enclosing affidavits and sent them by Messrs. & John Bills. He also read ’s certificate of the proceedings of the mob at also his Proclamation, his orders as Lieutenant General to , the proceedings of the City Council of , and copies of communications forwarded to . * * Also his letter of the 21 June which was sent by & Mr , and his letter of the 22nd which was sent by and .
Marshal explained [blank] about giving passes to persons going in and out of the city [blank] and denied that any arrests had been made. Marshalled the [blank] had no power any thing further [blank] brought here . [blank] acted on the State of the , and referred to the trial before , which did not satisfy the feeling of the people in & about . The admitted that sufficient time had not been allowed by the posse for the Defendants to get ready or to gather their witnesses, and it can be very safely admitted that your statements are true [blank], and was satisfied now that the people of had acted according to the best of their judgement it was very evident from the excitement created by Mr. Smith’s enemies
said that it would have been unsafe for him to come to , for under such circumstances he could not have had an impartial trial. The said he came here to enforce the laws on all the people whether Mormons or not and [p. 24]
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