Discourse, 4 July 1843, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

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The following is a synopsis of the address of President Joseph Smith while speaking in his own defence before about 15,000 souls
If the people will give ear a momen[t] I will address them, with few words in my own defence as touching my arest. In the first place I will state to those that can hear me that I never spent more than six months in except while in prison, while I was there I was at work for the suppor[t] of my family, I never was a prisioner of war during my stay for I had not made war, I never took a pistol, a gun, or sword & the much that has been said on this subject is false I have been willing to go before any governor Judge or tribunal where justice could be done & have the subject investigated. I could not have committed treason in that while there I had no controll any whare in temporal things while there but in spiritual I was driven from that by force of arms under the exterminating order of . I have never committed treason the people know vary well I [p. [66]]
The following is a synopsis of the address of President Joseph Smith while speaking in his own defence before about 15,000 souls
If the people will give ear a moment I will address them, with few words in my own defence as touching my arest. In the first place I will state to those that can hear me that I never spent more than six months in except while in prison, while I was there I was at work for the support of my family, I never was a prisioner of war during my stay for I had not made war, I never took a pistol, a gun, or sword & the much that has been said on this subject is false I have been willing to go before any governor Judge or tribunal where justice could be done & have the subject investigated. I could not have committed treason in that while there I had no controll any whare in temporal things while there but in spiritual I was driven from that by force of arms under the exterminating order of . I have never committed treason the people know vary well I [p. [66]]
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