History, circa 1841, fair copy

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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They surrounded the house of (where we were) raging with anger some asking us questions others threatning us so that we thought it wise to leave and seek safety in the house of Here they followed us and it was on<​ly​> by the exercise of prudence and a reliance upon God that they were kept from laying violent hands upon us yet we could not escape their taunts and insults. We met on <​during​> the evening of this day to confirm those who had been baptized when our friends had nearly collected, to my surprize I was arrested by a constable on charge of being a disorderly person and setting the country in an uproar by preaching the book of Mormon &c &c. The constable informed me that it was the intention of those who obtained the warrant to place me in the hands of the mob who were in ambush at a short distance from ’s but that he would thwart them in their intentions as he found me a different person from what he expected and that my calumniators had done me great injustice. This <​I​> found to be true for we had gone but a short distance when the waggon in which we were riding was surrounded by the mob who that only waited for a preconcerted signal from the constable but to their disappointment and my satisfaction he put whip to his horse thus placing me out of their reach he drove on to the town of South Bainbridge where he lodged me for the time being in the a room of the Hotel and to make all things secure he slept during the night on the floor (while I occupied the bed) with his feet against the floor door and a loaded gun at his side declaring that no person should unlawfully disturb us with [p. 75]
They surrounded the house of (where we were) raging with anger some asking us questions others threatning us so that we thought it wise to leave and seek safety in the house of Here they followed us and it was only by the exercise of prudence and a reliance upon God that they were kept from laying violent hands upon us yet we could not escape their taunts and insults. We met during the evening of this day to confirm those who had been baptized when our friends had nearly collected, to my surprize I was arrested by a constable on charge of being a disorderly person and setting the country in an uproar by preaching the book of Mormon &c &c. The constable informed me that it was the intention of those who obtained the warrant to place me in the hands of the mob who were in ambush at a short distance from ’s but that he would thwart them in their intentions as he found me a different person from what he expected and that my calumniators had done me great injustice. This I found to be true for we had gone but a short distance when the waggon in which we were riding was surrounded by the mob that only waited for a preconcerted signal from the constable but to their disappointment and my satisfaction he put whip to his horse thus placing me out of their reach he drove on to the town of South Bainbridge where he lodged me for the time being in a room of the Hotel and to make all things secure he slept during the night on the floor (while I occupied the bed) with his feet against the door and a loaded gun at his side declaring that no person should unlawfully disturb us with [p. 75]
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