History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
“After dinner, requested Prest. Joseph to give him a history of the persecution, which he did in a very <lengthy &> minute manner, <for about 3 hours,> & <he> also <gave> a relation of his <journey to & his interview with application in behalf of the Saints, to> visit <with> , the Prest. of the , &, the headsof the nation <for redress;> and ’s acknowledgment that <pusilaminous saying reply “Gentlemen> your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you.” <and the cold unfeeling manner in which he was treated by <most of> the Senators & Representatives, in relation to the subject— saying <“you had better> “Go to ”, shaking his head solemnly, saying, “Its a nice question, a critical question, butit will not do to agitate it.” Cast as Chairman of the Committee
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The Judge listened with the greatest attention, & <then> spoke warmly in deprecation of the conduct of & the authorities of the , who had taken a leading part in the extermination. <& said that any people that would do as the mobs of have done ought to be brought to Judgment, they ought to be punished.>
In concluding his remarks Prest. Smith said, I prophecies prophecy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, that unless the redress the wrongs committed upon the Saints, by <in> the State of , & punish the crimes committed by her officers, that in a few years the Government will be utterly overthrown & wasted, & there will not be so much as a Potsherd left, for their wickedness at conniving at <in permitting> the murder of men women & children, & the wholesale plunder & extermination of 1000s of her citizens thereby to go unpunished; thereby perpetuating a foul & corroding blot upon the fair fame of this great Republic, the very mention <thought> of which, would have caused the <high minded & patriotic> framers of the Constitution <of the > to hide their faces with shame. you will aspire to the Presidency of the & if ever you left a <turn your> hand against me or the you will feel the weight of the hand of the Almighty upon you; & you will live to see & know that I have testified the Truth to you this day. for the conversation of this day will stick to you thru’ life. [p. 32a]