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

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  • Historical Introduction
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James C. Owens, a witness produced, sworn and examined on behalf of the State, deposeth and saith:
In the morning, of the day that the militia arrived near — I heard Joseph Smith Jr, in a speech to the Mormon troops say— That he did not care any thing about the comeing of the troops, nor about the laws, that he had tried to please them, if they lived together it wouldn’t please them,— if they scattered it wouldn’t please them & he did not intend to try to keep the law, or <​to​> please them any longer, that they were a damnd set, and God should damn them so help him Jesus Christ,— that he meant to go on then as he had begun. to & take his own course & kill & destroy and told the men to fight like angles [angels],— that heretofore he told them to fight like devils, but now told them to fight like angles, that angles could whip devils— I think in this speech it was that <​he said​> what they lacked in numbers, the Lord would make <​up​> by sending angles, & send two angles where they lacked one man— and he swoor consederably, & obser[v]ed that they might think he was swearing but that God Almighty wouldnot take notice of him in cursing such a damned set as they were. He further stated that they pretended to come out as militia but that they were all a damned set of mobs— He stated at that, or some other time, that as they had commenced consecrating in that he intended to have the surrounding counties consecrated to him, that the time had come, when the riches of the Gentiles should be consecrated to the saints.— Of the prisoners, the following went in the <​last​> expedition to , viz. Jos Smith Jr , I heard— [p. [47]]
James C. Owens, a witness produced, sworn and examined on behalf of the State, deposeth and saith:
In the morning, of the day that the militia arrived near — I heard Joseph Smith Jr, in a speech to the Mormon troops say— That he did not care any thing about the comeing of the troops, nor about the laws, that he had tried to please them, if they lived together it wouldn’t please them,— if they scattered it wouldn’t please them & he did not intend to try to keep the law, to please them any longer, that they were a damnd set, and God should damn them so help him Jesus Christ,— that he meant to go on then as he had begun. & take his own course & kill & destroy and told the men to fight like angles angels,— that heretofore he told them to fight like devils, but now told them to fight like angles, that angles could whip devils— I think in this speech it was that he said what they lacked in numbers, the Lord would make up by sending angles, & send two angles where they lacked one man— he swoor consederably, & observed that they might think he was swearing but that God Almighty wouldnot take notice of him in cursing such a damned set as they were. He further stated that they pretended to come out as militia but that they were all a damned set of mobs— He stated at that, or some other time, that as they had commenced consecrating in that he intended to have the surrounding counties consecrated to him, that the time had come, when the riches of the Gentiles should be consecrated to the saints.— Of the prisoners, the following went in the last expedition to , viz. Jos Smith Jr , I heard— [p. [47]]
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