Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account

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been promised <​“full satisfaction”, and​> that they should be marched to , were disbanded and discharged in ; The was about to disband the troops [blank] all but a guard; that the will go to [blank] and make a speech to the people. <​yet suffered several <​two or three​> hundred armed men to remain encamped some <​about​> eight or ten miles <​miles​> off on the road, apparently under the control of no one except Coll. , a <​notoriously​> sworn enemies <​enemy​> to Joseph, and who had on many occasions threatened the destruction of , and the death of Joseph. Moreover it was the duty of the to dismiss the troops into the hands of their several officers in order to be marched home and there disbanded and not to have disbanded them at a distance from home and at a time and place when they were predisposed to acts of lawless violence and rapines, and murder.​>
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7:50 A. M. Previous to leaving, said <​ states that previous to leaving he said ​> to the , “Sir, you must be aware by this time that the prisoners have no fears in relation to any lawful demands made against them, but you have heard sufficient to justify you in the belief that their enemies would destroy them if they had them in their power; and now sir, I am about to leave for , and I fear for those men; they are safe as regards the law, but they are not safe from the hands of the traitors, and the midnight assassins, who thirst for their blood, and have determined to spill it; and under these circumstances I leave with a heavy heart.” replied, “I was never in such a dilemma in my life; but your friends shall be protected, and have a fair trial by the law; in this pledge [p. 50]
been promised “full satisfaction”, and that they should be marched to , were disbanded and discharged in ; yet suffered two or three hundred armed men to remain encamped about eight miles off on the road, apparently under the control of Coll. , a notoriously sworn enemy to Joseph, and who had on many occasions threatened the destruction of , and the death of Joseph. Moreover it was the duty of the to dismiss the troops into the hands of their several officers in order to be marched home and there disbanded and not to have disbanded them at a distance from home and at a time and place when they were predisposed to acts of lawless violence rapines, and murder.
states that previous to leaving he said to the , “Sir, you must be aware by this time that the prisoners have no fears in relation to any lawful demands made against them, but you have heard sufficient to justify you in the belief that their enemies would destroy them if they had them in their power; and now sir, I am about to leave for , and I fear for those men; they are safe as regards the law, but they are not safe from the hands of traitors, and midnight assassins, who thirst for their blood, and have determined to spill it; and under these circumstances I leave with a heavy heart.” replied, “I was never in such a dilemma in my life; but your friends shall be protected, and have a fair trial by the law; in this pledge [p. 50]
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