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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 10​> to pay it.
“Councilor referred to ’s coming to this , &c. Mayor said that had offered $500,00 to kill him.
“Councilor continued; told him, he, () meant to have his daughter, and threatened him if he made any resistance. related to him a dream; that Joseph and were opposed to him, but that he would execute his purposes; that had laid a plan with four or five persons to kidnap his daughter, and threatened to shoot any one that should come near, after he had got her in the skiff; that was engaged in trying to make Bogus, which was his principal business. Referred to the revelation read to the High Council of the Church, which has caused so much talk about a multiplicity of wives; that said revelation was in answer to a question concerning things which transpired in former days, and had no reference to the present time. That when sick, confessed to him that he had been ‘guilty of adultery’, and ‘was not fit to live’, and had ‘sinned against his own soul,’ &c, and enquired who was ? When he came here he had scarce two shirts to his back, but he had been dandled by the authorities of the , &c, and was now editor of the ‘Nauvoo Expositor’, and his right hand man, , who had confessed to him that he had the Pxx.
“Washington Peck, sworn, said soon after came here, he came to witness to borrow money, which witness loaned him, and took some jewelry as security. Soon after a man from across the came after the jewelry. had stolen the jewelry from him. [HC 6:435] At another time wanted to get money of witness; asked witness if he would do anything dishonorable to get a living. Witness said he would not. said witness was a damned fool, for he could get a living a deal easier than he was then doing by making Bogus, and some men high in the church are engaged in the business. Witness asked if it was Joseph? No, said , I dare not tell it to Joseph. Witness understood him the Laws are engaged in it. said he would be the death of witness if he ever went to Joseph or any one else to tell what he had said.
Afternoon. Ordered by the Council that be suspended until his case could be investigated, for slandering the City Council; that the notify him of his suspension, and that his case would come up for investigation at the next regular session of the Council. (The order is in the hands of the .)
“Councilor said that helped to make the ordinances of the , and had never lifted his voice against them in the Council, and was now trying to destroy the ordinances and the Charter.
sworn; said had told that Bogus making was going on in the ; but it was too damned small business. Wanted to help him to procure money, for the general (Smith) was afraid to go into it, and with $500— he could get an engraving for bills on the bank of , and one on the State of , and could make money; said many times did not know him; believed the General had been telling something. God damn him if he has I will kill him; swore he would kill any man that should prove a traitor to him. said if he could get a company of men to suit him, he would go into the frontiers, and live by highway robbery; had got sick of the world.
“Mayor suggested that the Council pass an ordinance to prevent misrepresentation and libelous publications, and conspiracies against the peace of the ; and referring to the reports that had set afloat, said he never made any proposals to to come back to the church. proposed to come back; came to Mayors house and wanted [p. 76]
June 10 to pay it.
“Councilor referred to ’s coming to this , &c. Mayor said that had offered $500,00 to kill him.
“Councilor continued; told him, he, () meant to have his daughter, and threatened him if he made any resistance. related to him a dream; that Joseph and were opposed to him, but that he would execute his purposes; that had laid a plan with four or five persons to kidnap his daughter, and threatened to shoot any one that should come near, after he had got her in the skiff; that was engaged in trying to make Bogus, which was his principal business. Referred to the revelation read to the High Council of the Church, which has caused so much talk about a multiplicity of wives; that said revelation was in answer to a question concerning things which transpired in former days, and had no reference to the present time. That when sick, confessed to him that he had been ‘guilty of adultery’, and ‘was not fit to live’, and had ‘sinned against his own soul,’ &c, and enquired who was ? When he came here he had scarce two shirts to his back, but he had been dandled by the authorities of the , &c, and was now editor of the ‘Nauvoo Expositor’, and his right hand man, , who had confessed to him that he had the Pxx.
“Washington Peck, sworn, said soon after came here, he came to witness to borrow money, which witness loaned him, and took some jewelry as security. Soon after a man from across the came after the jewelry. had stolen the jewelry from him. [HC 6:435] At another time wanted to get money of witness; asked witness if he would do anything dishonorable to get a living. Witness said he would not. said witness was a damned fool, for he could get a living a deal easier than he was then doing by making Bogus, and some men high in the church are engaged in the business. Witness asked if it was Joseph? No, said , I dare not tell it to Joseph. Witness understood him the Laws are engaged in it. said he would be the death of witness if he ever went to Joseph or any one else to tell what he had said.
Afternoon. Ordered by the Council that be suspended until his case could be investigated, for slandering the City Council; that the notify him of his suspension, and that his case would come up for investigation at the next regular session of the Council. (The order is in the hands of the .)
“Councilor said that helped to make the ordinances of the , and had never lifted his voice against them in the Council, and was now trying to destroy the ordinances and the Charter.
sworn; said had told that Bogus making was going on in the ; but it was too damned small business. Wanted to help him to procure money, for the general (Smith) was afraid to go into it, and with $500— he could get an engraving for bills on the bank of , and one on the State of , and could make money; said many times did not know him; believed the General had been telling something. God damn him if he has I will kill him; swore he would kill any man that should prove a traitor to him. said if he could get a company of men to suit him, he would go into the frontiers, and live by highway robbery; had got sick of the world.
“Mayor suggested that the Council pass an ordinance to prevent misrepresentation and libelous publications, and conspiracies against the peace of the ; and referring to the reports that had set afloat, said he never made any proposals to to come back to the church. proposed to come back; came to Mayors house and wanted [p. 76]
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