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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 12​> “ confirmed the statements of ; said the stated his authority and demanded the keys of the building, which denied, and ordered the door to be forced, and the press was broken, and type pied in the street. [HC 6:456]
“James Jackson sworn— confirmed the statements of previous witnesses; heard no noise on opening the door, most of the confusion he heard was and his company throwing blackguard language to the posse which they did not regard; saw the whole proceedings till they were dismissed— all was done in order. ’s blackguard language was not answered to at all by the ranks; heard nothing said about shooting; heard some one damn the city authorities; understood it was . I am a stranger in this place.
“John Kay, Robert Clift, Augustus A. Farnham, , , Augustus Stafford, , John Gleason, sworn.
confirmed the statement of previous witnesses. Pullin called for , and the officer commanded silence. ’s threats have been lavish towards Gen. Smith and for a long time; has threatened injury upon them and the property of the Smith’s; his conspiracies and threats have not been a little.
sworn— some three or four weeks ago, said said he would go his death against Joseph and ; said, ‘I know my course is wrong, but if I stop I shall get hell, and if I go on I shall get only hell’, and would do what he intended at the risk of his life, and would destroy the General if possible; said the council had ordered the press destroyed, and ‘who lays his hands on the press it is death to them’. has frequently heard tell lies about the General to injure his character.
“John Hughes, Joseph Dalton, , and James Goff sworn. John Hughes said said ‘by God all I want to live for is to see this sunk down to the lowest Hell, and by God it shall’. This was just previous to the ’s arriving on the 10th. said two years this June, confessed he was concerned with in his iniquity, and had a bad disorder; said he knew his character was ruined. From time to time since that knew had been threatening General Smith’s character and property.
heard threaten to shoot Gen. Smith at Rollison’s store, and said the destinies of this people are this day sealed in the archives of heaven, and there shall not be left one stone upon another on that .
“John P. Mc.Ewan— said in reference to Joseph Smith, ‘God damn him, I will shoot him; and God damn him, I will shoot him, and all that pertains to him, and before ten suns shall go over our heads, the , , and , shall all be destroyed, and it will be the total downfall of this community’. [HC 6:457]
sworn said he would never let things go till he had accomplished the downfall of Gen. Smith; that he did not value his life to produce the downfall of Gen. Smith.
“Joseph Dalton sworn said if they laid their hands upon the press from that hour they might date their downfall; that ten suns should not roll over their heads till the was destroyed.
“Court decided that Joseph Smith had acted under proper authority in destroying the establishment of the Nauvoo Expositor on the 10th inst; that his orders were executed in an orderly and judicious manner, without noise or tumult; that this was [p. 90]
June 12 “ confirmed the statements of ; said the stated his authority and demanded the keys of the building, which denied, and ordered the door to be forced, and the press was broken, and type pied in the street. [HC 6:456]
“James Jackson sworn— confirmed the statements of previous witnesses; heard no noise on opening the door, most of the confusion he heard was and his company throwing blackguard language to the posse which they did not regard; saw the whole proceedings till they were dismissed— all was done in order. ’s blackguard language was not answered to at all by the ranks; heard nothing said about shooting; heard some one damn the city authorities; understood it was . I am a stranger in this place.
“John Kay, Robert Clift, Augustus A. Farnham, , , Augustus Stafford, , John Gleason, sworn.
confirmed the statement of previous witnesses. Pullin called for , and the officer commanded silence. ’s threats have been lavish towards Gen. Smith and for a long time; has threatened injury upon them and the property of the Smith’s; his conspiracies and threats have not been a little.
sworn— some three or four weeks ago, said said he would go his death against Joseph and ; said, ‘I know my course is wrong, but if I stop I shall get hell, and if I go on I shall get only hell’, and would do what he intended at the risk of his life, and would destroy the General if possible; said the council had ordered the press destroyed, and ‘who lays his hands on the press it is death to them’. has frequently heard tell lies about the General to injure his character.
“John Hughes, Joseph Dalton, , and James Goff sworn. John Hughes said said ‘by God all I want to live for is to see this sunk down to the lowest Hell, and by God it shall’. This was just previous to the ’s arriving on the 10th. said two years this June, confessed he was concerned with in his iniquity, and had a bad disorder; said he knew his character was ruined. From time to time since that knew had been threatening General Smith’s character and property.
heard threaten to shoot Gen. Smith at Rollison’s store, and said the destinies of this people are this day sealed in the archives of heaven, and there shall not be left one stone upon another on that .
“John P. Mc.Ewan— said in reference to Joseph Smith, ‘God damn him, I will shoot him; and God damn him, I will shoot him, and all that pertains to him, and before ten suns shall go over our heads, the , , and , shall all be destroyed, and it will be the total downfall of this community’. [HC 6:457]
said he would never let things go till he had accomplished the downfall of Gen. Smith; that he did not value his life to produce the downfall of Gen. Smith.
“Joseph Dalton — said if they laid their hands upon the press from that hour they might date their downfall; that ten suns should not roll over their heads till the was destroyed.
“Court decided that Joseph Smith had acted under proper authority in destroying the establishment of the Nauvoo Expositor on the 10th inst; that his orders were executed in an orderly and judicious manner, without noise or tumult; that this was [p. 90]
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