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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 10​> mentioned before; nothing said about . Was within hearing of the parties at the time conversation was going on.
, sworn. Some day last week, saw ride up to the and go in; witness went in and found the Mayor and in conversation. Gen. Smith was naming the men he would have present, among whom was , , , and ; and had leave to call an equal number of his friends, as understood, for the purpose of having an interview on some matters in contention.
“The ’s was proposed. General said he had no objections; wanted him present. started, saying he would be back shortly. Before left, the men whom Gen. Smith had named to be present at the conversation were sent for. [HC 6:439]
“Cross-examined; went into the house, as Mayor and were coming out of the Bar Room into the hall; nothing said by the Mayor to about his coming back; made no offer to about a settlement.
“Mayor said the first thing that occurred to his mind when he stepped into the hall with was that he wanted to assassinate him; he saw something shining below his vest; Mayor put his finger on it and said, what is that? replied, it is my pistol, and immediately took out the pistol, and showed it openly, and wanted the Mayor to go with him alone. Mayor said he would not go alone; Mayor never saw the pistol before; had a hook on its side to hang on his waist band.
“Andrew L. Lamoreaux sworn; said that in 1839 or ’40, while President Joseph Smith, , , , and Dr , while on their way to , called at ’ <​house in​> Dayton, Ohio; that the evening was spent very agreeably, except some dissatisfaction on the part of certain females with regard to the conduct of . On their return from witness informed President Smith of ’s conduct. President Smith said he had frequently reproved for such conduct, and he had promised to do better; and told witness to reprove if he saw any thing out of the way. That evening refused to join the company, and walked through the town ’till about 8 o’clock, when he came in and interrupted Prest. Smith, who was expounding some passages of scripture; and changed the conversation. Soon after the company were invited to Mr Brown’s at the next door, whither they all repaired. While at Mr. Brown’s, conversation was going on, and the room much crowded; and one of the ladies he had paid so much attention to before, took their seats in one corner of the room; witness heard her state to that she supposed she had been enciente for some time back, but had been disappointed, and supposed it was on account of her weakness, and wanted to prescribe something for her; said he could do it for her, and dropped his hand to her feet, and began to raise it; she gave him a slight push, and threw herself close to the wall. He laid his hand on her knee, and whispered so low that witness could not hear; next morning witness went in while and others were at breakfast, and related what he had seen; denied it; Prest. Smith told him not to deny it, for he saw it himself, and was ashamed of it. confessed it was true, and promised to reform.
sworn; said that he came to before the Laws, and brought considerable property; it was a short time after the church had been driven out of , and had arrived in this place. The families having been robbed of all in were in a starving condition. By the council of the Presidency, converted his funds to feeding the poor, bringing in meat and flour &c, and while thus engaged drew upon the Laws, who were at that time engaged in [HC 6:440] merchandise to the amount of some six hundred [p. 79]
June 10 mentioned before; nothing said about . Was within hearing of the parties at the time conversation was going on.
, sworn. Some day last week, saw ride up to the and go in; witness went in and found the Mayor and in conversation. Gen. Smith was naming the men he would have present, among whom was , , , and ; and had leave to call an equal number of his friends, as understood, for the purpose of having an interview on some matters in contention.
“The ’s was proposed. General said he had no objections; wanted him present. started, saying he would be back shortly. Before left, the men whom Gen. Smith had named to be present at the conversation were sent for. [HC 6:439]
“Cross-examined; went into the house, as Mayor and were coming out of the Bar Room into the hall; nothing said by the Mayor to about his coming back; made no offer to about a settlement.
“Mayor said the first thing that occurred to his mind when he stepped into the hall with was that he wanted to assassinate him; he saw something shining below his vest; Mayor put his finger on it and said, what is that? replied, it is my pistol, and immediately took out the pistol, and showed it openly, and wanted the Mayor to go with him alone. Mayor said he would not go alone; Mayor never saw the pistol before; had a hook on its side to hang on his waist band.
“Andrew L. Lamoreaux sworn; said that in 1839 or ’40, while President Joseph Smith, , , , and Dr , while on their way to , called at ’ house in Dayton, Ohio; that the evening was spent very agreeably, except some dissatisfaction on the part of certain females with regard to the conduct of . On their return from witness informed President Smith of ’s conduct. President Smith said he had frequently reproved for such conduct, and he had promised to do better; and told witness to reprove if he saw any thing out of the way. That evening refused to join the company, and walked through the town ’till about 8 o’clock, when he came in and interrupted Prest. Smith, who was expounding some passages of scripture; and changed the conversation. Soon after the company were invited to Mr Brown’s at the next door, whither they all repaired. While at Mr. Brown’s, conversation was going on, and the room much crowded; and one of the ladies he had paid so much attention to before, took their seats in one corner of the room; witness heard her state to that she supposed she had been enciente for some time back, but had been disappointed, and supposed it was on account of her weakness, and wanted to prescribe something for her; said he could do it for her, and dropped his hand to her feet, and began to raise it; she gave him a slight push, and threw herself close to the wall. He laid his hand on her knee, and whispered so low that witness could not hear; next morning witness went in while and others were at breakfast, and related what he had seen; denied it; Prest. Smith told him not to deny it, for he saw it himself, and was ashamed of it. confessed it was true, and promised to reform.
sworn; said that he came to before the Laws, and brought considerable property; it was a short time after the church had been driven out of , and had arrived in this place. The families having been robbed of all in were in a starving condition. By the council of the Presidency, converted his funds to feeding the poor, bringing in meat and flour &c, and while thus engaged drew upon the Laws, who were at that time engaged in [HC 6:440] merchandise to the amount of some six hundred [p. 79]
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