History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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time, when finally, was called up for <​and​> examined by , (who was a Presbyterian, <​and who had been specially sent for on this occasion—​> and had shown great zeal, lest the people should be deluded by me, and false doctrines propagated in the neighborhood.) to the following effect. What is your name? Ansr . Did the prisoner Joseph Smith, Cast the Devil out of you? <​Ansr​> No Sir— Why have not you had the Devil cast out of you? Ansr Yes Sir. And had not Joe Smith some hand in its being done! Ansr Yes Sir. And did not he cast him out of you? Ansr No Sir, it was done by the power of God, and he was Joseph Smith was the instrument made use of on the occasion, He commanded him out of me in the name of Jesus Christ. And are you sure that it was the Devil? Ansr Yes Sir. Did you see him after he was cast out of you? Ansr Yes sir, I saw him— Pray, what <​did​> he look like? (Here one of my lawyers, informed the that he need not answer the question) The replied, I believe I need not answer your last question, but I will do it provided I be allowed to ask you one question first, and you answer me. Viz: Do you profess understand the things of the Spirit? Ans No I do not pretend to such big things. Well then said , ’Twould be of no use to tell you, what the Devil looked like. for it was a Spiritual sight, and of course you would <​not​> understand it, were I to tell you of it. The dropped his head, whilst the loud laugh of the assembled audience <​multitude​> proclaimed his discomfiture.
now addressed the Court, and in a long & violent harangue endeavored to blacken my character, and bring me out guilty of the charges which had been brought against me, among other things, he brought up the story of my having been a money digger and in this manner proceeded in hopes to influence the court and the people against me. My Lawyers followed in my behalf and followed in my behalf, they showed [p. [20]]
time, when finally, was called up and examined by , (who was a Presbyterian, and who had been specially sent for on this occasion— and had shown great zeal, lest the people should be deluded by me, and false doctrines propagated in the neighborhood.) to the following effect. What is your name? Ansr . Did the prisoner Joseph Smith, Cast the Devil out of you? Ansr No Sir— Why have not you had the Devil cast out of you? Ansr Yes Sir. And had not Joe Smith some hand in its being done! Ansr Yes Sir. And did not he cast him out of you? Ansr No Sir, it was done by the power of God, and Joseph Smith was the instrument made use of on the occasion, He commanded him out of me in the name of Jesus Christ. And are you sure that it was the Devil? Ansr Yes Sir. Did you see him after he was cast out of you? Ansr Yes sir, I saw him— Pray, what did he look like? (Here one of my lawyers, informed the that he need not answer the question) The replied, I believe I need not answer your last question, but I will do it provided I be allowed to ask you one question first, and you answer me. Viz: Do you understand the things of the Spirit? Ans No I do not pretend to such big things. Well then said , ’Twould be of no use to tell you, what the Devil looked like. for it was a Spiritual sight, and of course you would not understand it, were I to tell you of it. The dropped his head, whilst the loud laugh of the assembled multitude proclaimed his discomfiture.
now addressed the Court, and in a long & violent harangue endeavored to blacken my character, and bring me out guilty of the charges which had been brought against me, among other things, he brought up the story of my having been a money digger and in this manner proceeded in hopes to influence the court and the people against me. and followed in my behalf, [p. [20]]
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