John Taylor, Martyrdom Account

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I immediately arose and upon learning that they had crossed the , and did not in<​tend​>to go to , I called together a number of men in whom I had confidence and had the Type, Stereotype plates and most of the valuable things removed from the ; believing that should they and his force come to , the first thing they would do, would be to burn the , for I knew that they would be exasperated if Br. Joseph went away. We had talked over these matters the night <​even​> before; but nothing was decided upon. It was Br. Joseph’s opinion that should we leave for, for a time, public excitement which was then at its so intense would be allayed; that it would throw onto the the responsibility of keeping the peace; that in the event of any outrage the onus would rest upon the <​who​> was amply prepared <​with troops​> and and could command all the forces of the to preserve order, and that the acts of his own men would be an overwhelming proof of their seditious designs; not only to the but to the world, he moreover thought that in the East, where he intended to go, public opinion would be set right in relation to these matters, and its expression would partially influence the West, and, that after the first ebullition things would assume a shape that would justify his return. I made arrangements for crossing the and Br. & Joseph Cain who were both employed in the with me assisted all that lay in their power; together with Br. Brower and several hands in the printing office [p. 26]
I immediately arose upon learning that they had crossed the , and did not intendto go to , I called together a number of men in whom I had confidence and had the Type, Stereotype plates and most of the valuable things removed from the ; believing that should the and his force come to , the first thing they would do, would be to burn the , for I knew that they would be exasperated if Br. Joseph went away. We had talked over these matters the night before; but nothing was decided upon. It was Br. Joseph’s opinion that should we leave for, a time, public excitement which was then so intense would be allayed; that it would throw onto the the responsibility of keeping the peace; that in the event of any outrage the onus would rest upon the who was amply prepared with troops and could command all the forces of the to preserve order, and that the acts of his own men would be an overwhelming proof of their seditious designs; not only to the but to the world, he moreover thought that in the East, where he intended to go, public opinion would be set right in relation to these matters, and its expression would partially influence the West, and, that after the first ebullition things would assume a shape that would justify his return. I made arrangements for crossing the and Br. & Joseph Cain who were both employed in the with me assisted all that lay in their power; together with Br. Brower and several hands in the printing office [p. 26]
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