Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account, Draft

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preparation for a Massacre: nevertheless, as Joseph requested, they very unwillingly gave up the arms. Commissary General crammed his commission from the into one of his pistol barrels, as did several other of the commissioned officers. <​get from ​>
About 6. P.M. when <​all​> the <​State​> arms were collected, and the Company were ready to Start, and another gentleman <​Quar. Master Genl. Buckmaster​> made a short speech, expressing their gratitude at the peaceable conduct of the citizens of , and said while we <​ the Mormons​> thus conducted<​,​> he would protect us<​them​>.
<​ It appears feared that the although disbanded might avenge any outrage that might hereafter be committed on the persons of their leaders, and so thought he had better disarm them as he had previously disbanded them, although <​yet​> the mob was suffered to retain their <​portion of State​> arms even when within a half day’s march of , and then in a threatening and hostile attitude, while the Nauvoo Legion had not evinced the least disposition whatever except to defend their in case it shd. be invaded, and they had not set a foot outside the limits of this corporation.​>
Joseph rode down home <​twice​> to bid his family farewell. He appeared solemn and thoughtful, and expressed himself to several individuals that he expected to be murdered. There appeared no alternative, but that he must either give himself up, or the inhabitants of the would be massacred by a lawless mob under the sanction of the . <​He urged upon to go with him which she refused; he repeatedly and vehemently urged it upon her but she pointedly refused alledging that she would have the ague. He even wished her to run the risk of the ague but she persisted in her refusal. He then said “well if they don’t hang me I don’t care how they kick me Sister Leonora [Cannon] Taylor heard that conversation​> When opposite to the , while on horseback, he said “Boys if I don’t come back, take care of yourselves, I am going like a lamb to the slaughter.” <​-[]-​> The company <​(about 15,)​> again started; when they [p. 4]
preparation for a Massacre: nevertheless, as Joseph requested, they very unwillingly gave up the arms. get from
About 6. P.M. when all the State arms were collected, and the Company were ready to Start, and Quar. Master Genl. Buckmaster made a short speech, expressing their gratitude at the peaceable conduct of the citizens of , and said while the Mormons thus conducted, he would protect them.
It appears feared that the although disbanded might avenge any outrage that might hereafter be committed on the persons of their leaders, and so thought he had better disarm them as he had previously disbanded them, yet the mob was suffered to retain their portion of State arms even when within a half day’s march of , and then in a threatening and hostile attitude, while the Nauvoo Legion had not evinced the least disposition whatever except to defend their in case it shd. be invaded, and they had not set a foot outside the limits of this corporation.
Joseph rode down home twice to bid his family farewell. He appeared solemn and thoughtful, and expressed himself to several individuals that he expected to be murdered. There appeared no alternative, but that he must either give himself up, or the inhabitants of the would be massacred by a lawless mob under the sanction of the . He urged upon to go with him which she refused; he repeatedly and vehemently urged it upon her but she pointedly refused alledging that she would have the ague. He even wished her to run the risk of the ague but she persisted in her refusal. He then said “well if they don’t hang me I don’t care how they kick me Sister Leonora Cannon Taylor heard that conversation When opposite to the , while on horseback, he said “Boys if I don’t come back, take care of yourselves, I am going like a lamb to the slaughter.” -[]- The company (about 15,) again started; when they [p. 4]
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