Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838 [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

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hand of the officer. While you were pleading with them, you promised reformation, you bound yourselves by the most solemn promises that you would never be employed again in abusing any of the citizens of , and by such condesensions did you attempt to escape the work-house.
But now for the sequel. Did you practise the promised reformation? you know you did not, but by secret efforts, continued to practise your iniquity and secretly to injure their character notwithstanding their kindness to you. Are such things to be bourne? You yourselves would answer that they are unsufferable, if you were to answer according to the feelings of your own hearts.— As we design this paper to be published to the world, we will give an epitome of your scandalous conduct and treachery for the last two years. We wish to remind you that and were among the principal of those who were the means of gathering us to this place by their testimony which they gave concerning the plates of the book of Mormon, That they were shown to them by an angle, which testimony we believe now, as much as before you had so scandalously disgraced it.
You commenced your wickedness by heading a party to disturb the worship of the saints in the first day of the week, and made the house of the Lord in to be a scene of abuse and slander, to destroy the reputation of those whom the Church had appointed to be their teachers, and for no other Cause only that you were [p. [16]]
hand of the officer. While you were pleading with them, you promised reformation, you bound yourselves by the most solemn promises that you would never be employed again in abusing any of the citizens of , and by such condesensions did you attempt to escape the work-house.
But now for the sequel. Did you practise the promised reformation? you know you did not, but by secret efforts, continued to practise your iniquity and secretly to injure their character notwithstanding their kindness to you. Are such things to be bourne? You yourselves would answer that they are unsufferable, if you were to answer according to the feelings of your own hearts.— As we design this paper to be published to the world, we will give an epitome of your scandalous conduct and treachery for the last two years. We wish to remind you that and were among the principal of those who were the means of gathering us to this place by their testimony which they gave concerning the plates of the book of Mormon, That they were shown to them by an angle, which testimony we believe now, as much as before you had so scandalously disgraced it.
You commenced your wickedness by heading a party to disturb the worship of the saints in the first day of the week, and made the house of the Lord in to be a scene of abuse and slander, to destroy the reputation of those whom the Church had appointed to be their teachers, and for no other Cause only that you were [p. [16]]
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