History Draft [1 January–3 March 1843]

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<​2​> to believe, I went <​about 30 miles​> with . & only one horse between us. to see them, When we arrived a Mob of about a hundred came upon us before we had time to eat, and chased us all night, & we arrived back again, having traveled about 60 mil[e]s in all, and without food, a little after day light. I have often travelled all night to see the brethren, and have often been turned away without food. Then the evening was spent in conve[r]sation & teaching. & closed by singing & prayer. when we parted the bed on the floor & , & myself lay down upon it and enjoyed refreshing rest till morning
3 January 1843 • Tuesday
<​3​> Tuesday 3d. After breakfast called on Sister Crane, & blessed her little boy. Joseph Smith, & returned to , where we Conversation with Messrs [M.] Trobridge, , & others on my old case <​of treason​>
At 9½ went to the court Room. & had conversation with , Owen, , & others. <​At 12 returned &​> Spent the P.M. at . At dusk the called with subpoenas supoenas. for <​my​> witnesses [illegible] there <​Spent the​> evening with the brethren at , in a very Social manner. & prophesied in the name of the Lord that no very formidable opposition would be voiced at my trial on the morrow.— Slept on a soffa, as usual while at .
4 January 1843 • Wednesday
<​4​> Wednesday 4 At 9 Oclock A M repaired to the Court Room on the bench & 10 Ladies by his side, when (T. & S. 66) accordingly, all of which will appear on my discharge.
Esqr opened the defense, in an animated speech, referring to my persecution <​and made some very pathetic allusions to our sufferings​> in followed by , who made the following points.
1st— This court has jurisdiction (T&S 66th) Wendell 212.
In the course of his plea he showed that had subscribid to a lie in his demand for me, as will appear on the paper, and said that “ would not have given up his dog on such a requisition, <​*​> <​* That an attempt should be made to deliver up a man who has never been out of the state Strikes at all the liberty of our institutions. Th His fate to day may be yours tomorrow. I do not think the defendant <​ought​> under any circumstance to be given up to — It is a matter of history that he & his people have been mudeed [murdered] & driven from the . If he goes there it is only to be merderd, & he had better be sent to the gallows. He is an innocent & unoffending man.— He is like other men. If there is a difference between him & other men it is that this people believe in prophcy, & others do not; the old prophts prophsied in poetry, & the modern in prose.[”]​> managed the case very Judiciously. The court Room was crowded the during the whole trial, the utmost decorum & good feeling prevaild, & much prejudice was allayed. was not severe. Apparently saying little more than the notion <​his relation relation to​> of the case demanded, and no more than would be useful in satisfying the public mind that there had been a fair investigation of the whole matte[r] [p. 4]
2 to believe, I went about 30 miles with . & only one horse between us. to see them, When we arrived a Mob of about a hundred came upon us before we had time to eat, and chased us all night, & we arrived back again, having traveled about 60 miles in all, and without food, a little after day light. I have often travelled all night to see the brethren, and have often been turned away without food. Then the evening was spent in conversation & teaching. & closed by singing & prayer. when we parted the bed on the floor & , & myself lay down upon it and enjoyed refreshing rest till morning
3 January 1843 • Tuesday
3 Tuesday 3d. After breakfast called on Sister Crane, & blessed her little boy. Joseph Smith, & returned to , where we Conversation with Messrs [M.] Trobridge, , & others on my old case of treason
At 9½ went to the court Room. & had conversation with , Owen, , & others. At 12 returned & Spent the P.M. at . At dusk the called with supoenas. for my witnesses Spent the evening with the brethren at , in a very Social manner. & prophesied in the name of the Lord that no very formidable opposition would be voiced at my trial on the morrow.— Slept on a soffa, as usual while at .
4 January 1843 • Wednesday
4 Wednesday 4 At 9 Oclock A M repaired to the Court Room on the bench & 10 Ladies by his side, when (T. & S. 66) accordingly, all of which will appear on my discharge.
Esqr opened the defense, in an animated speech, and made some very pathetic allusions to our sufferings in followed by , who made the following points.
1st— This court has jurisdiction (T&S 66th) Wendell 212.
In the course of his plea he showed that had subscribid to a lie in his demand for me, as will appear on the paper, and said that “ would not have given up his dog on such a requisition, * * That an attempt should be made to deliver up a man who has never been out of the state Strikes at all the liberty of our institutions. His fate to day may be yours tomorrow. I do not think the defendant ought under any circumstance to be given up to — It is a matter of history that he & his people have been mudeed [murdered] & driven from the . If he goes there it is only to be merderd, & he had better be sent to the gallows. He is an innocent & unoffending man.— If there is a difference between him & other men it is that this people believe in prophcy, & others do not; the old prophts prophsied in poetry, & the modern in prose.” managed the case very Judiciously. The court Room was crowded during the whole trial, the utmost decorum & good feeling prevaild, & much prejudice was allayed. was not severe. Apparently saying little more than his relation to the case demanded, [p. 4]
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