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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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he didn’t intend to to try to keep it any longer <​do so.​>— that the whole state was a mob stet set, & that if they came to fight him he would play hell with their apple carts.— He told his people, <​that​> they heretefore had the character of fighting like Devils, but they should now fight like angles [angels] for angles could whip devils— While in on the last expedition I mentioned the great difficulties, the course they were pursuing would likely get them into— are they the replied reply was by a number of them, that as the citizens had all fled, there would be none to prove it by but themselves, & they could swear to the <​as​> they pleased in the matter. these <​I believe​> were of the danite order— & I understood from them that they could swear each other clear if it should become necessary— While at , I heard a conversations about having commenced the war & I expressed doubts as to their being able to get along with it in the community— in that conversation, while many were present I heard say— That the sword had now been drawn & should not be sheathed, until he had marched to in Carroll county into & to was many other places in the , & swore that he was able to accomplish it— During the time of the <​last​> expedition to a portion of the troops returned to , & was paraded in the square before s house. he <​​> addressed them in a cheering & encouraging manner, in the course they had been <​were​> pursuing— A letter was sent from from Jos Smith Jr to , which he then had in his hand but said their was a profound secret in it, & that the boys <​who were present were sent away​> who could not keep se [p. [44]]
he didn’t intend to try to do so.— that the whole state was a mob set, & that if they came to fight him he would play hell with their apple carts.— He told his people, that they heretefore had the character of fighting like Devils, but they should now fight like angles [angels] for angles could whip devils— While in on the last expedition I mentioned the great difficulties, the course they were pursuing would likely get them into— the reply was by a number of them, that as the citizens had all fled, there would be none to prove it by but themselves, & they could swear as they pleased in the matter. these I believe were of the danite order— & I understood from them that they could swear each other clear if it should become necessary— While at , I heard a conversation about having commenced the war & I expressed doubts as to their being able to get along with it in the community— in that conversation, while many were present I heard say— That the sword had now been drawn & should not be sheathed, until he had marched to in Carroll county into & to many other places in the , & swore that he was able to accomplish it— During the time of the last expedition to a portion of the troops returned to , & was paraded in the square before s house. addressed them in a cheering & encouraging manner, in the course they were pursuing— A letter was sent from from Jos Smith Jr to , which he then had in his hand but said their was a profound secret in it, & the boys who were present were sent away [p. [44]]
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