Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account

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-[copy]- expenses [blank] <​made​> copied <​copies​> <​of​> the orders of <​Gen. <​Joseph​> Smith as Mayor to Marshal , and as Lieut General to Major Genl ​> the Mayor and Lieutenant General, to the Marshal and Major General.
Joseph said <​remarked,​> I have had a good deal of anxiety about my safety <​since I left ​>, which I never did <​had​> before <​when I was under arrest​>. I could not help <​these feelings which <​and they​> have depressed me.​>
<​-[Insert T&S page 2]-​> Most of the forenoon was spent by , and Col. in hewing with a penknife, a warped door to get it on the latch; thus preparing to fortify <​the place​> against <​any​> night attack. The prophet and , and all <​their friends​> took turns preaching to the guards; several of whom were relieved before their time was out; because they admitted they were proselyted to the belief <​convinced​> of the innocence of the prisoners which rendered them incompetent of guarding. They frequently admitted they had been imposed upon, and more than once it was heard “Let us go home, boys, for I will not fight <​any longer​> against these men.” <​-[Insert No 8. page 2.]-​> <​During the day encouraged Joseph to think that the Lord for his ’s sake would release him from prison. Joseph replied, “could my brother but be liberated it would not matter so much about me; poor , I am glad he is gone to out of the way; were he to preside he would lead the Church to destruction in less than five years.” was busily engaged writing as dictated by the prophet, and amused him by singing. -[Insert No 15]-​>
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<​Joseph related his dream about & ; also his dream about trying to save a steamboat in a storm.​>
<​(T&S)​> Some one of the Counsel for the prosecution, expressed a wish to , that the prisoners should be brought out of jail for examination <​on the charge of treason​>; they were <​he was​> answered that the [p. 34]
-[copy]- expenses [blank] made copies of the orders of . Joseph Smith as Mayor to Marshal , and as Lieut General to Major Genl .
Joseph remarked, I have had a good deal of anxiety about my safety since I left , which I never had before when I was under arrest. I could not help these feelings and they have depressed me.
Most of the forenoon was spent by , and Col. in hewing with a penknife, a warped door to get it on the latch; thus preparing to fortify the place against any attack. The prophet , and their friends took turns preaching to the guards; several of whom were relieved before their time was out; because they admitted they were convinced of the innocence of the prisoners They frequently admitted they had been imposed upon, and more than once it was heard “Let us go home, boys, for I will not fight any longer against these men.” During the day encouraged Joseph to think that the Lord for his ’s sake would release him from prison. Joseph replied, “could my brother but be liberated it would not matter so much about me; poor , I am glad he is gone to out of the way; were he to preside he would lead the Church to destruction in less than five years.” was busily engaged writing as dictated by the prophet, and amused him by singing.
Joseph related his dream about & ; also his dream about trying to save a steamboat in a storm.
(T&S) one of the Counsel for the prosecution, expressed a wish to , that the prisoners should be brought out of jail for examination on the charge of treason; he was answered that the [p. 34]
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