History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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<​March 24.​> got up in this place for the purpose of taking the life of President Joseph Smith, his family, and all the Smith family, and the heads of the church, one of the gentlemen will give his name to the public, and the other wishes it to be hid for the present, they will both testify to it on oath and make an affidavit upon it. the names of the persons revealed at the head of the conspiracy are as follows , Dr. , Mr. , and . And the lies that has hatched up as a foundation to work upon are, he says that I had men’s heads cut off in , and that I had a sword run through the hearts of the people that I wanted to kill and put out of the way. I won’t swear out a warrant against <​them​> for I don’t fear any of them, they would not scare off an old sitting hen. I intend to publish all the iniquity that I know of them. If I am guilty I am ready to bear it. There is sometimes honor among enemies. I am willing to do anything for the good of the people. I will give the name of one of the gentlemen who have divulged the plot, his name is , he will swear to it, he is a bold fellow. said a Smith should not be alive <​in​> two weeks, not over two months anyhow. Concerning the character of these men, I will say nothing about it now, but if I hear anything more from them on this subject, I will tell what I know about them.
Elder addressed the people as follows:—
While listening to Prest. Smith’s remarks, I thought of a figure i.e. If a Physician was going to dissect a body, he would not be likely to begin at the limbs, but cut the head off first. So the Adversary of the Saints has laid a plan to cut off the head of the church with the intention of scattering and destroying the whole body. It was so in the days of Jesus christ; the enemies of truth sought to kill him, that the body might be destroyed; which was also the case in the days of Elijah, Daniel, and many of the ancients. I once heard a man say who was opposed to this work “that it might be true, but it gave Joseph Smith power.’ True, said I, but if his power be subordinate to the power of God, it is right. If a man set up a kingdom by the power of God, then let others seek power from the same source. God sets up kingdoms and pulls down kingdoms; [HC 6:272] this makes men mad who will not submit to the kingdom of God. We all know the result of the power of Moses, who was the representative of God. Judging from what is past, how will it be when God sets up his kingdom in the last days? Whether there is a conspiracy now or not I don’t know; but no doubt there will be, if not now; for it has always been so. In the days of the Nephites, they had their Gadianton robbers. I have not any doubt but that the Apostates will join with the other wicked powers to try to put down the power of God and I am glad to have the power of the kingdom of God tested; and when it is fully tried, it will stand. I care not what sacrifice I am called to make for such a kingdom; if it is friends, wealth, or even life at the purchase of such a kingdom it is cheap. Did the ancient Apostles, Prophets, [p. 1937]
March 24. got up in this place for the purpose of taking the life of President Joseph Smith, his family, and all the Smith family, and the heads of the church, one of the gentlemen will give his name to the public, and the other wishes it to be hid for the present, they will both testify to it on oath and make an affidavit upon it. the names of the persons revealed at the head of the conspiracy are as follows , Dr. , Mr. , and . And the lies that has hatched up as a foundation to work upon are, he says that I had men’s heads cut off in , and that I had a sword run through the hearts of the people that I wanted to kill and put out of the way. I won’t swear out a warrant against them for I don’t fear any of them, they would not scare off an old sitting hen. I intend to publish all the iniquity that I know of them. If I am guilty I am ready to bear it. There is sometimes honor among enemies. I am willing to do anything for the good of the people. I will give the name of one of the gentlemen who have divulged the plot, his name is , he will swear to it, he is a bold fellow. said a Smith should not be alive in two weeks, not over two months anyhow. Concerning the character of these men, I will say nothing about it now, but if I hear anything more from them on this subject, I will tell what I know about them.
Elder addressed the people as follows:—
While listening to Prest. Smith’s remarks, I thought of a figure i.e. If a Physician was going to dissect a body, he would not be likely to begin at the limbs, but cut the head off first. So the Adversary of the Saints has laid a plan to cut off the head of the church with the intention of scattering and destroying the whole body. It was so in the days of Jesus christ; the enemies of truth sought to kill him, that the body might be destroyed; which was also the case in the days of Elijah, Daniel, and many of the ancients. I once heard a man say who was opposed to this work “that it might be true, but it gave Joseph Smith power.’ True, said I, but if his power be subordinate to the power of God, it is right. If a man set up a kingdom by the power of God, then let others seek power from the same source. God sets up kingdoms and pulls down kingdoms; [HC 6:272] this makes men mad who will not submit to the kingdom of God. We all know the result of the power of Moses, who was the representative of God. Judging from what is past, how will it be when God sets up his kingdom in the last days? Whether there is a conspiracy now or not I don’t know; but no doubt there will be, if not now; for it has always been so. In the days of the Nephites, they had their Gadianton robbers. I have not any doubt but that the Apostates will join with the other wicked powers to try to put down the power of God and I am glad to have the power of the kingdom of God tested; and when it is fully tried, it will stand. I care not what sacrifice I am called to make for such a kingdom; if it is friends, wealth, or even life at the purchase of such a kingdom it is cheap. Did the ancient Apostles, Prophets, [p. 1937]
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