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.
<July 1> at 8 a m The Municipal Court met in the Court room. Present, Pres. pro tem <Acting Chief Justice,> , , , , & , Associate Justices. to investigate the writ of (see Municipal Court doings page 6 to 38) The following (to end)
Messrs. , , & , <& > (the Counsel on my behalf) then respectively addressed the Court, <& they exhorted the Mormons to stand for their rights, stand or fall, sink or swim, live or die. Mr. Mason was Counsellor for .>
After which the following order was made
This day came ( see Municipal Court Docket 55 & 56) without day
Seal In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal affixed the seal of said Court, at the City of this 2nd day of July 1843 Clerk.
<revised to here >
“A Public Meeting ( see Neighbor 47) Clerk”
A Strong wind from the N.W. with thunder & rain in the pm <afternoon.>
In consequence of & leaving so abruptly fo last night for , I sent after them, to learn what they were doing, on his arriving there he found that they had filed their affidavits, that had <with armed force> taken me from them at the head of Elleston— they had also got up a petition by the inhabitants of & sent it to by the hands of & , requesting him to issue a comme possetatus & they would come to & take me
<A tremendous shower at Chester— Penn: <over 20 lives <were lost,>> Fifty Bridges destroyed, besides many homes & stores: estimated at<cost> <damage> <$>250,000>
<July 2 <Sunday>> A large Congregation met at the near the , & heard an interesting address from , who took for his text 2, 3, & 4 verses of the 3rd chap of the Epistle of John the Divine after he closed, Messrs. , , & [Harmon] Wasson, spoke on the , stating that I had subjected myself to the law in all <every> particulars, & had treated his <my> persecutors & kidnappers with respect <courtesy & kindness>, & <they> also spoke on the unlawful conduct of my enemies—
Messrs. , , & Harman Wasson made the following affidavit
(copy it <from neat copy>) to Wasson
, & myself <also> made affidavits on the same subject
came in from , & stated that & , were inciting the people to Mobocracy & about to send<ing a Petition> to for a posse to retake me.
A Petition <to the praying him not to issue any more writs> was immediately made out & signed by a<bout 150> great number of Citizens <of >— and also A against the Proceedings <was got up, signed> & forwarded the same to by Messrs. &
about 6 p m The Maid of Iowa returned to her landing at the , the Company <who had been on the Expedition <on board <of her>>> formed in a procession & walked up to the Court House <my >, where they formed a hollow square & sent in a deputation to me, <as soon as I had bid them welcome> I opened the window of my , & requested that no man would leave the ground until I had spoken to them [p. 52]