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

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<​January 5​> and the police sworn and questioned. The following is a synopsis of the Minutes:—
“Friday January 5th. 1844. 11. a. m, Special Session. Names of members called. Prayer by . Minutes of the last two councils read and approved. Object of the council stated by the Mayor, similar to the last Council as and had considered themselves in danger:— when he heard the report he was unwilling to believe any thing about it, from the course the thing took in the last council. But for the sake of others, he had called this Council.
As was going home night before last he was hailed by a supposed policeman with a gun, who <​which​> frightened him. says that a policeman had told him that and must not cross his tracks:— that Warren Smith said at another time that and were enemies to Joseph.
I have never thought [illegible] even to dream of doing anything against the peace of the Inhabitants of this . Did not know I had any enemies in this — have staid at home and heard but little— did not know there was so much evil surmising among the people My long forbearance to my enemies ought to be [HC 6:166] sufficient testimony of my peaceful disposition toward all men. It occurred to my mind that it was not fear, but got up for effect; but I do not know it. I want the Council to investigate this matter.
sworn:— testified that on Monday evening, came up and said, ‘are you aware of the danger you are in’? replied No! :— Your life is threatened— a policeman stopped me in the dark last night as I was going home I was alarmed. I supposed the threats were from that policeman, but I was mistaken. Another policeman, Warren Smith, said last Sunday that Joseph had enemies— that and were Joseph’s enemies, and if they came in his way they might be popped over. A fire was kindled in the street near my house, and I thought I was watched. told me, and a man in the east part of the town told me; and a man came from the other side of the , and told the story to that man as he said. Yesterday morning , , and met in the Street, and I told the story as before related.
Mayor:— Did ever anybody tell you I directed you to be watched?
:— No!
went for and George W. Crouse
sworn:— On Sunday 31st. Decer. last, I met Warren Smith in Crouse’s store— asked him if he knew who the Brutus was. Warren Smith said he believed was one, and another; they had better not come in his way. Did not say he would <​shoot​> them or endanger their life any way— Did not know whether there was any private instructions or what, believed was in danger— did not think in danger from Joseph— thought Warren Smith was under a wrong impression with regard to . Warren Smith said ‘he () had better not cross my path when I am on duty.’ I gathered the idea there was something wrong with Brother Warren Smith. Do not recollect any person present. [p. 1854]
January 5 and the police sworn and questioned. The following is a synopsis of the Minutes:—
“Friday January 5th. 1844. 11. a. m, Special Session. Names of members called. Prayer by . Minutes of the last two councils read and approved. Object of the council stated by the Mayor, similar to the last Council as and had considered themselves in danger:— when he heard the report he was unwilling to believe any thing about it, from the course the thing took in the last council. But for the sake of others, he had called this Council.
As was going home night before last he was hailed by a supposed policeman with a gun, which frightened him. says that a policeman had told him that and must not cross his tracks:— that Warren Smith said at another time that and were enemies to Joseph.
I have never thought even to dream of doing anything against the peace of the Inhabitants of this . Did not know I had any enemies in this — have staid at home and heard but little— did not know there was so much evil surmising among the people My long forbearance to my enemies ought to be [HC 6:166] sufficient testimony of my peaceful disposition toward all men. It occurred to my mind that it was not fear, but got up for effect; but I do not know it. I want the Council to investigate this matter.
sworn:— testified that on Monday evening, came up and said, ‘are you aware of the danger you are in’? replied No! :— Your life is threatened— a policeman stopped me in the dark last night as I was going home I was alarmed. I supposed the threats were from that policeman, but I was mistaken. Another policeman, Warren Smith, said last Sunday that Joseph had enemies— that and were Joseph’s enemies, and if they came in his way they might be popped over. A fire was kindled in the street near my house, and I thought I was watched. told me, and a man in the east part of the town told me; and a man came from the other side of the , and told the story to that man as he said. Yesterday morning , , and met in the Street, and I told the story as before related.
Mayor:— Did ever anybody tell you I directed you to be watched?
:— No!
went for and George W. Crouse
sworn:— On Sunday 31st. Decer. last, I met Warren Smith in Crouse’s store— asked him if he knew who the Brutus was. Warren Smith said he believed was one, and another; they had better not come in his way. Did not say he would shoot them or endanger their life any way— Did not know whether there was any private instructions or what, believed was in danger— did not think in danger from Joseph— thought Warren Smith was under a wrong impression with regard to . Warren Smith said ‘he () had better not cross my path when I am on duty.’ I gathered the idea there was something wrong with Brother Warren Smith. Do not recollect any person present. [p. 1854]
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