John Taylor, Martyrdom Account

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Municipal Court, upon complaint could have removed it; but for the City Council to take upon themselves the law making and the of the law is, in my opinion, wrong; besides these men ought to have had a hearing before their property was destroyed; to destroy it without was an infringement of their rights; besides it is so contrary to the feelings of American people to interfere with the press. And furthermore, I cannot but think <​that​> it would have been better more judicious for you to have gone with to , notwithstanding the law did not require it. Concerning your being in jail I am sorry for that; I wish it had been otherwise. I hope you will soon be released; but I cannot interfere.”
Joseph Smith:— “, allow me, Sir, to bring one thing to your mind, that you seem to have overlooked. You state that you think it would have been better for us to have submitted to the requisition of and to have gone to . Do you not know Sir, that that writ was served at the instance of an Anti-Mormon mob, who had passed resolutions, and published them, to the effect that they would exterminate the Mormons <​leaders​> <​are you not informed that was not only threatened when coming to but had a gun fired at his boat by they <​the said​> Mob in when coming up to .​> and that this <​very thing​> was made use of as a means to get us into their hands, and we could not, without taking an armed force with us go there without, according to their published [p. 40]
Municipal Court, upon complaint could have removed it; but for the City Council to take upon themselves the law making and the of the law is, in my opinion, wrong; besides these men ought to have had a hearing before their property was destroyed; to destroy it without was an infringement of their rights; besides it is so contrary to the feelings of American people to interfere with the press. And furthermore, I cannot but think that it would have been more judicious for you to have gone with to , notwithstanding the law did not require it. Concerning your being in jail I am sorry for that; I wish it had been otherwise. I hope you will soon be released; but I cannot interfere.”
Joseph Smith:— “, allow me, Sir, to bring one thing to your mind, that you seem to have overlooked. You state that you think it would have been better for us to have submitted to the requisition of and to have gone to . Do you not know Sir, that that writ was served at the instance of an Anti-Mormon mob, who had passed resolutions, and published them, to the effect that they would exterminate the Mormon leaders are you not informed that was not only threatened when coming to but had a gun fired at his boat by they the said Mob in when coming up to . and that this very thing was made use of as a means to get us into their hands, and we could not, without taking an armed force with us go there without, according to their published [p. 40]
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