Minutes, 12 April 1838

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though he was guilty; he then went on and gave a history of some circumstances respecting the adultery scrape stating that no doubt it was true. Also said that Joseph told him, he had confessed to , Also that he has used his influence to urge on lawsuits.
testifies that while in last summer, asked if he Joseph Smith jr had confessed to his that he was guilty of adultery with a certain girl, when cocked up his eye very knowingly and hesitated to answer the question, saying he did not know as he was bound to answer the question yet conveyed the idea that it was true. Last fall after came to this place he heard a conversation take place between Joseph Smith and when J. Smith asked him if he had ever confessed to him that he was guilty of adultery, when after a considerable winking &c. he said no. Joseph then <​asked​> him if he ever told him that he confessed to any body, when he answered no.
Joseph Smith jr testifies that had been his bosom friend, therefore he intrusted him with many things. He then gave a history respecting the girl buisness. Also that took him one side and said, that he had come to the conclusion to get property and if he could not get it one way he would another, God or no God, Devil or no Devil, property he must must have and since that he has dealt dishonest with him [JS], that he has taken a printing press and type from for which he was to give up some notes which he had against Joseph Smith jr and which he did not do, nor has to this day.
The adjourned one hour.
The Council convened according to adjournment opened by prayer by . [p. 124]
though he was guilty; he then went on and gave a history of some circumstances respecting the adultery scrape stating that no doubt it was true. Also said that Joseph told him, he had confessed to , Also that he has used his influence to urge on lawsuits.
testifies that while in last summer, asked if Joseph Smith jr had confessed to his that he was guilty of adultery with a certain girl, when cocked up his eye very knowingly and hesitated to answer the question, saying he did not know as he was bound to answer the question yet conveyed the idea that it was true. Last fall after came to this place he heard a conversation take place between Joseph Smith and when J. Smith asked him if he had ever confessed to him that he was guilty of adultery, when after a considerable winking &c. he said no. Joseph then asked him if he ever told him that he confessed to any body, when he answered no.
Joseph Smith jr testifies that had been his bosom friend, therefore he intrusted him with many things. He then gave a history respecting the girl buisness. Also that took him one side and said, that he had come to the conclusion to get property and if he could not get it one way he would another, God or no God, Devil or no Devil, property he must have and since that he has dealt dishonest with him [JS], that he has taken a printing press and type from for which he was to give up some notes which he had against Joseph Smith jr and which he did not do, nor has to this day.
The adjourned one hour.
The Council convened according to adjournment opened by prayer by . [p. 124]
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