History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Well! How how had he the horse of you? <​Ans​> He bought him of me, as another man would do. Q. Have you had your pay? Ansr That is not your business. The question being again put, the replied, I hold his note for the price of the horse, which I consider as good as the pay—for I am <​well​> acquainted with him and know him to be an honest man, and if he wishes—I am ready to let him have another horse on the same terms. Mr Jonathan Thompson was next called up, and examined. Question, Has not Joseph Smith, the prisoner had a yoke of oxen of you, Ansr Yes, Did he not <​obtain them by​> tell<​ing​> you that he had a revelation to the effect that he was to have them? Ansr No, he did <​not​> mention a word of the kind concerning the oxen, he purchased them, same as another and man would? After a few more such attempts, the court was adjourned untill [blank] <​detained for a time​> in order that two you young women <​(daughters to )​> might be sent for, with whom I had <​often​> kept <​often​> company; in order if possible to elicit something for from them that might be made a pretext against me. The court again sat, and the <​young​> Ladies were <​separately​> examined touching my Character, Conduct, and in general, but particulcarliy as to my behaviour towards them, both in public and in private. When they both bore such testimony in my favor as left my enemies with out a pretext on their account. Several attempts were now made to prove something against me, and even circumstances which <​were alleged to have​> had taken place in were brought forward, but which my lawyers would not admit of being here brought against me. In order therefore that I should if possible be made [to] appear guilty of something. The Court was detained over untill a warrant was obtained from . and served upon me just immediately after I had been acquitted and set at liberty by this court. The Constable who served this warrant, had no sooner done so than he began to abuse and insult me, and so unfeeling was he with me, that although, I had been kept all the day in court with out any thing to eat since the morning yet he hurried me off to , a distance of about 15 miles we before he allowed me time <​to​> eat anything. [p. [18]]
Well! How how had he the horse of you? Ans He bought him of me, as another man would do. Q. Have you had your pay? Ansr That is not your business. The question being again put, the replied, I hold his note for the price of the horse, which I consider as good as the pay—for I am well acquainted with him and know him to be an honest man, and if he wishes—I am ready to let him have another horse on the same terms. Mr Jonathan Thompson was next called up, and examined. Question, Has not Joseph Smith, the prisoner had a yoke of oxen of you, Ansr Yes, Did he not obtain them by telling you that he had a revelation to the effect that he was to have them? Ansr No, he did not mention a word of the kind concerning the oxen, he purchased them, same as another man would? After a few more such attempts, the court was [blank] detained for a time in order that two you young women (daughters to ) might be sent for, with whom I had often kept company; in order if possible to elicit something from them that might be made a pretext against me. The court again sat, and the young Ladies were separately examined touching my Character, Conduct, in general, but particulcarliy as to my behaviour towards them, both in public and in private. When they both bore such testimony in my favor as left my enemies with out a pretext on their account. Several attempts were now made to prove something against me, and even circumstances which were alleged to have had taken place in were brought forward, but which my lawyers would not admit of being here brought against me. In order therefore that I should if possible be made to appear guilty of something. The Court was detained over untill a warrant was obtained from . and served upon me just immediately after I had been acquitted and set at liberty by this court. The Constable who served this warrant, had no sooner done so than he began to abuse and insult me, and so unfeeling was he with me, that although, I had been kept all the day in court with out any thing to eat since the morning yet he hurried me off to , a distance of about 15 miles before he allowed me time to eat anything. [p. [18]]
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