History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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<​December 28 [29]​> in that in the same manner that has been; he was seized * <​* in while attending to his lawful business, picked up and ironed, and thrown in jail without any form of law, conveyed to , in the custody of a ruffian, who swore falsely in the hope of getting a reward, kept in irons, all the way, lodged in Independence Jail without even the form of an inquiry; chained double in a filthy, damp, unventilated dungeon, chained hand and foot so that he could not straighten for months, till his body was reduced to a mere skeleton and he unable to walk when the Irons were taken off, and he had to be led; half fed on the refuse of what dogs would not eat; his case presented to a grand jury, and not evidence enough to warrant them in <​even​> finding an indictment, after which the court in the plentitude of their justice transmit<​ted​> the innocent and unindicted man back to the dungeon without fire, provisions or any other comfort; hoping by this torture no doubt to produce death or force him to accede to an infamous proposition ‘that whether Jo Smith was guilty or innocent only come out against [HC 6:151] him you shall have your liberty and receive a liberal reward’. After months have passed away without any shadow of law, the door is opened and he is told to ‘slip off privately or the people will hang you’. Keep out of if you don’t want such treatment as this: for the Averys, and many others, have been thankful to get away with their lives.​>
If any man attempt to bribe you in any way whatever, or persuade you to neglect your duty tell the same to me. Let us have a reformation.
There are speculators in this , who are wanting to sell revolving pistols to us in order to fight the Missourians and at the same time inciting the Missourians to fight us. Don’t buy, it would be better to buy plough shares and raise corn with them.
My life is more in danger from some little dough-head of a fool in this , than from all <​my​> numerous and inveterate enemies abroad. I am exposed to far greater danger from traitors among ourselves than from enemies without, altho’ my life has been sought for many years by the civil <​and Military​> authorities, Priests and people of , and if I can escape from the ungrateful treachery of assassins I can live as Caesar might have lived were it not for a right hand Brutus. I have had pretended friends betray me. All the enemies upon the face of the earth may roar and exert all their power to bring about my death; but they can accomplish nothing, unless some who are among us, enjoying our society, have been with us in our Councils, participated in our confidence, taken us by the hand, called us brother, saluted us with a kiss, join with our enemies, turn our virtues into faults, and by falsehood and deceit, stir up their wrath and <​in​>dignation against us, and bring their united vengeance upon our heads. All the hue and cry of the chief Priests and Elders against the Savior could not bring down the wrath of the Jewish nation upon his head and thereby cause the crucifixion of the son of God until Judas said to them ‘whomsoever I shall kiss, he is the man, hold him fast’. Judas was one of the Twelve Apostles even their Treasurer and dipt with their master in the dish and thro<​ugh​> his treachery, the crucifixion was brought about, and we have a Judas in our midst.”
The Mayor then blessed the police:—
“it shall be said in time to come, where are our old policemen?— let us have one of the old police to stand at our window, guard our interests and protect our families, and we shall be safe.
If you will magnify your office, the full confidence of Israel shall be the blessing that shall be conferred on you in time to come.” [HC 6:152]
Counselor Councilor spoke of the importance of the police office.
The Mayor said, that if any one offered a bribe to a policeman, the will pay that policeman twice the amount offered for the information when reported to the Mayor.
<​29​> Friday 29. My clerk made copies of <​five​> Affidavits made yesterday by Elder and Mr , <​and others​> and sent same to the with the following letter:—
Dec 30 1843
Sir, I forward to your a number of affidavits relative to the late kidnapping of the Avery’s, and upon other matters, when the mob made efforts to resist the laws. Joseph Smith as Mayor gave notice to to hold a portion of the Legion in readiness; and Esq., called for some troops to maintain the laws— but I am happy to say, none were ordered to march as it was deemed most advisable to let Col. and his mob flourish until indictments could be made at the Circuit Court of [p. 1836]
December 28 [29] in that in the same manner that has been; he was seized * * in while attending to his lawful business, picked up and ironed, and thrown in jail without any form of law, conveyed to , in the custody of a ruffian, who swore falsely in the hope of getting a reward, kept in irons, all the way, lodged in Independence Jail without even the form of an inquiry; chained double in a filthy, damp, unventilated dungeon, chained hand and foot so that he could not straighten for months, till his body was reduced to a mere skeleton and he unable to walk when the Irons were taken off, and he had to be led; half fed on the refuse of what dogs would not eat; his case presented to a grand jury, and not evidence enough to warrant them in even finding an indictment, after which the court in the plentitude of their justice transmitted the innocent and unindicted man back to the dungeon without fire, provisions or any other comfort; hoping by this torture no doubt to produce death or force him to accede to an infamous proposition ‘that whether Jo Smith was guilty or innocent only come out against [HC 6:151] him you shall have your liberty and receive a liberal reward’. After months have passed away without any shadow of law, the door is opened and he is told to ‘slip off privately or the people will hang you’. Keep out of if you don’t want such treatment as this: for the Averys, and many others, have been thankful to get away with their lives.
If any man attempt to bribe you in any way whatever, or persuade you to neglect your duty tell the same to me. Let us have a reformation.
There are speculators in this , who are wanting to sell revolving pistols to us in order to fight the Missourians and at the same time inciting the Missourians to fight us. Don’t buy, it would be better to buy plough shares and raise corn with them.
My life is more in danger from some little dough-head of a fool in this , than from all my numerous and inveterate enemies abroad. I am exposed to far greater danger from traitors among ourselves than from enemies without, altho’ my life has been sought for many years by the civil and Military authorities, Priests and people of , and if I can escape from the ungrateful treachery of assassins I can live as Caesar might have lived were it not for a right hand Brutus. I have had pretended friends betray me. All the enemies upon the face of the earth may roar and exert all their power to bring about my death; but they can accomplish nothing, unless some who are among us, enjoying our society, have been with us in our Councils, participated in our confidence, taken us by the hand, called us brother, saluted us with a kiss, join with our enemies, turn our virtues into faults, and by falsehood and deceit, stir up their wrath and indignation against us, and bring their united vengeance upon our heads. All the hue and cry of the chief Priests and Elders against the Savior could not bring down the wrath of the Jewish nation upon his head and thereby cause the crucifixion of the son of God until Judas said to them ‘whomsoever I shall kiss, he is the man, hold him fast’. Judas was one of the Twelve Apostles even their Treasurer and dipt with their master in the dish and through his treachery, the crucifixion was brought about, and we have a Judas in our midst.”
The Mayor then blessed the police:—
“it shall be said in time to come, where are our old policemen?— let us have one of the old police to stand at our window, guard our interests and protect our families, and we shall be safe.
If you will magnify your office, the full confidence of Israel shall be the blessing that shall be conferred on you in time to come.” [HC 6:152]
Councilor spoke of the importance of the police office.
The Mayor said, that if any one offered a bribe to a policeman, the will pay that policeman twice the amount offered for the information when reported to the Mayor.
29 Friday 29. My clerk made copies of five Affidavits made yesterday by Elder Mr , and others and sent same to the with the following letter:—
Dec 30 1843
Sir, I forward to your a number of affidavits relative to the late kidnapping of the Avery’s, and upon other matters, when the mob made efforts to resist the laws. Joseph Smith as Mayor gave notice to to hold a portion of the Legion in readiness; and Esq., called for some troops to maintain the laws— but I am happy to say, none were ordered to march as it was deemed most advisable to let Col. and his mob flourish until indictments could be made at the Circuit Court of [p. 1836]
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