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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 10​> endeavors for the promotion of truth and justice, and can still give you the fullest assurance that all is perfect peace at ,— [HC 7:175] calmly waiting the fulfilment of ’s pledge, to redeem the land from blood by legal process. You can do much to allay the excitement of the country in your travels, and the friends of peace will appreciate your labors.
Most respectfully
Elder arrived at .
A committee of nine ladies, among whom were Mrs. Hyrum Smith, Mrs John Taylor, and waited upon Mr. and told him they would not bear his taunts and insults any longer: they ordered him to leave the forthwith, or he would be visited by a stronger force tomorrow. These ladies having good reason to believe that was accessory to the murder of their relatives, the Prophets, took the liberty of pursuing this course towards him.
Mr. obligated himself that should leave before morning, accordingly he got his team ready and took him out of the that evening.
We copy from the Neighbor:—
is recovering as fast as can be expected. His wounds are doing well.”
Goodness shall be rewarded.
“The senior editor of this paper, , at the horrible assassination of Joseph and in Jail, on the afternoon of the 27th day of June, received three wounds in his left thigh and knee, and one one in his left wrist; besides which a fifth ball spent its force against his watch in his left vest pocket. This ball, but for the timely interference of this valuable watch, must have caused instant death, as it would have passed directly into his lungs. This watch, though dreadfully shattered, is a friend that points to the very moment when he stood between life and death, the hands pointing to 5 o’clock, 10 minutes and 26 seconds.
“While upon this subject, and his friends wish, through this channel to tender their thanks to and family, and to all who assisted him in any manner during his stay at , while unable to be removed to his own home. Kindness, assistance, and the tender offices of humanity in such times of deep distress, give the noble mind a chance to appreciate help when it is needed, and [HC 7:176] to remember such friends in future. Nor should the assistance rendered to lay out the bodies of the Messrs. Smith, preparatory to their removal to be forgotten. Though the people of , under the excitement of the moment, generally fled, yet those who did stay did all they could to forward the bodies, as well as to make me as comfortable as the circumstances of the case would permit.
“One thing further; In this awful tragedy, Dr. , equal<​ly​> exposed to the shower of bullets which were fired into the room at the door and windows, escaped unhurt,— and while he would render thanksgiving and praise to his God for this signal preservation of his life, he would also return his grateful acknowledgements to the Messrs s and others who rendered all the [p. 261]
July 10 endeavors for the promotion of truth and justice, and can still give you the fullest assurance that all is perfect peace at ,— [HC 7:175] calmly waiting the fulfilment of ’s pledge, to redeem the land from blood by legal process. You can do much to allay the excitement of the country in your travels, and the friends of peace will appreciate your labors.
Most respectfully
Elder arrived at .
A committee of nine ladies, among whom were Mrs. Hyrum Smith, Mrs John Taylor, and waited upon Mr. and told him they would not bear his taunts and insults any longer: they ordered him to leave the forthwith, or he would be visited by a stronger force tomorrow. These ladies having good reason to believe that was accessory to the murder of their relatives, the Prophets, took the liberty of pursuing this course towards him.
Mr. obligated himself that should leave before morning, accordingly he got his team ready and took him out of the that evening.
We copy from the Neighbor:—
is recovering as fast as can be expected. His wounds are doing well.”
Goodness shall be rewarded.
“The senior editor of this paper, , at the horrible assassination of Joseph and in Jail, on the afternoon of the 27th day of June, received three wounds in his left thigh and knee, and one in his left wrist; besides which a fifth ball spent its force against his watch in his left vest pocket. This ball, but for the timely interference of this valuable watch, must have caused instant death, as it would have passed directly into his lungs. This watch, though dreadfully shattered, is a friend that points to the very moment when he stood between life and death, the hands pointing to 5 o’clock, 10 minutes and 26 seconds.
“While upon this subject, and his friends wish, through this channel to tender their thanks to and family, and to all who assisted him in any manner during his stay at , while unable to be removed to his own home. Kindness, assistance, and the tender offices of humanity in such times of deep distress, give the noble mind a chance to appreciate help when it is needed, and [HC 7:176] to remember such friends in future. Nor should the assistance rendered to lay out the bodies of the Messrs. Smith, preparatory to their removal to be forgotten. Though the people of , under the excitement of the moment, generally fled, yet those who did stay did all they could to forward the bodies, as well as to make me as comfortable as the circumstances of the case would permit.
“One thing further; In this awful tragedy, Dr. , equally exposed to the shower of bullets which were fired into the room at the door and windows, escaped unhurt,— and while he would render thanksgiving and praise to his God for this signal preservation of his life, he would also return his grateful acknowledgements to the Messrs and others who rendered all the [p. 261]
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