Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account

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prisoner by any one. <​()​>
Robert Ayres called to see the Generals Smith.
It was reported by , that he had heard resolutions of the troops read, to the effect that they would return to at 3 P.M., then go to Golden’s Point on Thursday, and thence to .
Several of the officers of the troops in , and other gentlemen, curious to see the prophet <​and to gratify a propensity to see the Elephant​> visited his <​Joseph’s​> <​in his​> room. Gen. Smith 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, your appearance would indicate the very contrary General Smith, but we cannot see what is in your heart, neither can we tell what are your intentions”; to which Joseph replied, “Very true, gentlemen, you cannot see what is in my heart, and you are therefore unable to judge <​me, or​> of my intentions; but I can see what is in your hearts, and will tell you what I see: I can see your thirst for blood, and nothing but my blood will satisfy you. [p. 16]
prisoner by any one. ()
It was reported by , that he had heard resolutions of the troops read, to the effect that they would return to at 3 P.M., then go to Golden’s Point on Thursday, and thence to .
Several of the officers of the troops in , and other gentlemen, curious to see the prophet and to gratify a propensity to see the Elephant visited Joseph in his room. Gen. Smith 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, your appearance would indicate the very contrary General Smith, but we cannot see what is in your heart, neither can we tell what are your intentions”; to which Joseph replied, “Very true, gentlemen, you cannot 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 your thirst for blood, and nothing but my blood will satisfy you. [p. 16]
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