History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

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26 June 1844 • Wednesday • First of Two Entries
<​June 26​> <​26​> 7. A. M. Joseph, and the rest of the brethren took breakfast with , and were then removed to the room up stairs
Dr. Southwick went to see the .
At 7½. , and were severally sent by Joseph with Messages to the ; but at 8 got no return.
He also sent word to his Counsel, that he wanted a change of venue to , Adams County.
At 8. a. m. Joseph and had conversation with the Jailer , who said a week last Wednesday the mob were calcuating to have made an attack on , and they expected about 9000 persons but only about 200 came. They had sent runners to , and all round the Counties in .
At 10 min. past 8. Joseph wrote to as follows:
Jail, June 26. 1844. 10 min past 8 A. M.
“His Excellency , Sir,
I would again solicit your for an interview, having been much disappointed the past evening. I hope you will not deny me this privilege any longer than your public duties shall absolutely require. [HC 6:575] We have been committed under a false mittimus, and consequently the proceedings are illegal, and we desire the time may be hastened when all things shall be made right, and we relieved from this imprisonment.
Your Servt.
Joseph Smith”
“P. S. Please send an answer per .”
and sent it by .
At 8½ A. M. and returned, stating that the said he was taken by surprise last evening, and was very sorry; was afraid we would think he had forfeited his word about having an interview— that the wrath of the people was about to turn on the head of , the mob &c.— That the was doing as fast as he could.
12 min. before 9. Received the following reply on the same sheet:
“The interview will take place at my earliest leisure to day
10 min. to 9. and others arrived at the Jail, and investigated the merits of the case, and concluded to take a change of venue before , of Augusta, Hancock Co., and to send for Dr. James H. Lyon, Col , , , Dr , Thos. A. Lyne, , Dr , , , , Dr. , , , , Capt. , , , , and Samuel Searles as witnesses.
<​-[See Addenda Page 3]-​> [HC 6:576] [HC 6:579] [HC 6:580] [HC 6:581] [HC 6:582] [HC 6:583] [HC 6:584] [HC 6:585] 9. 27 a.m. The , in company with Col. Geddes arrived at the Jail when Joseph stated to them the origin of the difficulty, the facts relating to the “Expositor Press”, the course pursued by the City Council; the legality as they thought, of their legislation;— the pledges that he had made by letter and sent by expresses to his , that he was willing to satisfy all legal claims in case it should be shown that the City Council had transcended their legal bounds &c; [p. 162]
26 June 1844 • Wednesday • First of Two Entries
June 26 26 7. A. M. Joseph, and the rest of the brethren took breakfast with , and were then removed to the room up stairs
Dr. Southwick went to see the .
At 7½. , and were severally sent by Joseph with Messages to the ; but at 8 got no return.
He also sent word to his Counsel, that he wanted a change of venue to , Adams County.
At 8. a. m. Joseph and had conversation with the Jailer , who said a week last Wednesday the mob were calcuating to have made an attack on , and they expected about 9000 persons but only about 200 came. They had sent runners to , and all round the Counties in .
At 10 min. past 8. Joseph wrote to as follows:
Jail, June 26. 1844. 10 min past 8 A. M.
“His Excellency , Sir,
I would again solicit your for an interview, having been much disappointed the past evening. I hope you will not deny me this privilege any longer than your public duties shall absolutely require. [HC 6:575] We have been committed under a false mittimus, and consequently the proceedings are illegal, and we desire the time may be hastened when all things shall be made right, and we relieved from this imprisonment.
Your Servt.
Joseph Smith”
“P. S. Please send an answer per .”
and sent it by .
At 8½ A. M. and returned, stating that the said he was taken by surprise last evening, and was very sorry; was afraid we would think he had forfeited his word about having an interview— that the wrath of the people was about to turn on the head of , the mob &c.— That the was doing as fast as he could.
12 min. before 9. Received the following reply on the same sheet:
“The interview will take place at my earliest leisure to day
10 min. to 9. and others arrived at the Jail, and investigated the merits of the case, and concluded to take a change of venue before , of Augusta, Hancock Co., and to send for Dr. James H. Lyon, Col , , , Dr , Thos. A. Lyne, , Dr , , , , Dr. , , , , Capt. , , , , and Samuel Searles as witnesses.
-[See Addenda Page 3]- [HC 6:576] [HC 6:579] [HC 6:580] [HC 6:581] [HC 6:582] [HC 6:583] [HC 6:584] [HC 6:585] [p. 162]
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