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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 8​> to forgive them. I got vexed— my feelings had been hurt; has been guilty of adulterous communication, perjury &c; which I am able to prove by men who heard them confess it. I also preferred charges against — the same charges which I am now telling; and he got up and told them it was the truth, when he pleaded for his life, and begged to be forgiven. This was his own statement before sixty or seventy men; he said the charges were true against him and . I have been endeavoring to throw out shafts to defend myself, because they were corrupt, and I knew they were determined to ruin me; he has told the public that he has <​was​> determined to prosecute me because I slandered him, although I tell nothing but the truth. Since the settlement of our difficulties I have not mentioned his name disrespectfully; he wants to bind up my hands in the circuit court, and make me pay heavy damages for telling the truth. In relation to the conspiracy I have not heard say he would take away my life; but , , and , said they would shoot me; and the only offence against me is telling the truth. I did say that stole a raw hide; these are the things that they now want to ruin me for— for telling the truth. When riding in the stage, I have seen him put his hand in a woman’s bosom, and he also lifted up her clothes. I know that they are wicked, malicious, adulterous, bad characters; I say it under oath; I can tell all the particulars from first to last.’
sworn:
‘With regard to , at the time that is spoken of I stopped opposite Mr. Law’s store; we had been conversing with ; when I came into the room rather recoiled and wished to withdraw; he went out and sat upon a pile of wood. He said it is all true; I am sorry for it; I wish it had never happened. I understood who related some of the circumstances, he cried and begged of us to forgive him, and said if he could be permitted to stay in the as a private individual he should be happy; that was about what he said; “it is true, I am sorry for it, and I wish it had never been so”, as we came up. , , and Mr. Smith had been talking about it. I have not mentioned it before. I knew of the whole affair; it was on the 4th of July, or a few days after; it was shortly after I came from . I was in the City Council when said all was settled.’
“Cross-examined:—
‘I have heard say all these things were facts; he acknowledged that had the [blank], and that he had doctored him; he acknowledged that, and a great deal more.
“I will make one statement: in our conversation with , I told him that one charge was seducing young women, and leading young men into difficulty, and he admitted it; he said if he had let young men and women alone it would have been better for him.’
sworn:
‘In relation to the matters before the court which I am unacquainted with, I was sick at the time, but I have heard them talked of back and fro.’
“Cross-examined:—
‘I recollect Joseph Smith came to me with a complaint against and , and made affidavit that it was true; I have the affidavit in my house. I went to see on last Saturday, and found him at Mr. Morrison’s, where he was waiting for a steam boat. I endeavored to prevail on him to relinquish his undertaking; he said he had no character in , and therefore he had none to lose. I tried to convince him that he had a character, and might be looked upon with respect; but he flatly contradicted me and said he had none, and that was the reason why he persecuted [p. 12]
May 8 to forgive them. I got vexed— my feelings had been hurt; has been guilty of adulterous communication, perjury &c; which I am able to prove by men who heard them confess it. I also preferred charges against — the same charges which I am now telling; and he got up and told them it was the truth, when he pleaded for his life, and begged to be forgiven. This was his own statement before sixty or seventy men; he said the charges were true against him and . I have been endeavoring to throw out shafts to defend myself, because they were corrupt, and I knew they were determined to ruin me; he has told the public that he was determined to prosecute me because I slandered him, although I tell nothing but the truth. Since the settlement of our difficulties I have not mentioned his name disrespectfully; he wants to bind up my hands in the circuit court, and make me pay heavy damages for telling the truth. In relation to the conspiracy I have not heard say he would take away my life; but , , and , said they would shoot me; and the only offence against me is telling the truth. I did say that stole a raw hide; these are the things that they now want to ruin me for— for telling the truth. When riding in the stage, I have seen him put his hand in a woman’s bosom, and he also lifted up her clothes. I know that they are wicked, malicious, adulterous, bad characters; I say it under oath; I can tell all the particulars from first to last.’
sworn:
‘With regard to , at the time that is spoken of I stopped opposite Mr. Law’s store; we had been conversing with ; when I came into the room rather recoiled and wished to withdraw; he went out and sat upon a pile of wood. He said it is all true; I am sorry for it; I wish it had never happened. I understood who related some of the circumstances, he cried and begged of us to forgive him, and said if he could be permitted to stay in the as a private individual he should be happy; that was about what he said; “it is true, I am sorry for it, and I wish it had never been so”, as we came up. , , and Mr. Smith had been talking about it. I have not mentioned it before. I knew of the whole affair; it was on the 4th of July, or a few days after; it was shortly after I came from . I was in the City Council when said all was settled.’
“Cross-examined:—
‘I have heard say all these things were facts; he acknowledged that had the [blank], and that he had doctored him; he acknowledged that, and a great deal more.
“I will make one statement: in our conversation with , I told him that one charge was seducing young women, and leading young men into difficulty, and he admitted it; he said if he had let young men and women alone it would have been better for him.’
sworn:
‘In relation to the matters before the court which I am unacquainted with, I was sick at the time, but I have heard them talked of back and fro.’
“Cross-examined:—
‘I recollect Joseph Smith came to me with a complaint against and , and made affidavit that it was true; I have the affidavit in my house. I went to see on last Saturday, and found him at Mr. Morrison’s, where he was waiting for a steam boat. I endeavored to prevail on him to relinquish his undertaking; he said he had no character in , and therefore he had none to lose. I tried to convince him that he had a character, and might be looked upon with respect; but he flatly contradicted me and said he had none, and that was the reason why he persecuted [p. 12]
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