History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 26​> spoke up and said “I shouldn’t wonder if there is some damned Mormon hearing all we have to say,’ another who stood next to Randall, replied, ‘if I knew there was I would run him through with my bayonet’. In a few minutes Randall went to another crowd of soldiers, and heard one say ‘I guess this will be the last of Old Joe’, from there Randall went to where Governor was standing by the Fence side, and heard another soldier tell the Soldiers are determined to see Jo Smith dead before they leave here.’ replied ‘if you know <​of​> any such thing, keep it to yourself’’. I<​n​> a short time Randall started for his own home, staid all night and arrived in on the twenty seventh of June, when [HC 6:586] was making his notorious speech to the Citizens. And further this deponent saith not.
Alfred Randall
“Subscribed and sworn to before me this twelfth day of February one thousand eight hundred and fifty five.
Recorder, Great Salt Lake County”
“On the 26th day of June A. D. 1844 near the in the City of , I fell in company with Col. Enoch C. March and Geo. T. M. Davis Esq., from , Ills; Editor of the Telegraph, who had just arrived from , where they said they had been for some days in company with and others, in Council upon the subject of the arrest and trial of Joseph and who were then prisoners in the County Jail in . After considerable conversation between myself and them on the subject of the Mormon Religion, and the reasons why I had embraced that faith, and renounced my former religious discipline, viz, that of the Methodists; Mr March asked me what I thought of Joe Smith, and if I had any hopes of his return to in safety? I answered that I knew Joseph Smith was a true prophet of the living God, as good and virtuous a man as ever lived upon the earth; that the Book of Mormon was true as holy writ and was brought forth precisely in the way and manner it purported to be, by the Gift and power of the Lord Almighty, and from no other source and that the Revelations. he had received and published were eternal truth, and heaven and earth would pass away before one jot or tittle of the same should fail, and all that he pretended and testified to concerning the ministration of Holy Angels from the Heavens to him, the Urim and Thummim, the voice of God, his correspondence with the Heavens,— was the truth and nothing but the truth; and that in relation to his return I had no doubt but that he would be honorably discharged upon his trial by the Court, and would be preserved in safety from the power of his enemies— that he was in the hands of his God whom he loved and faithfully served, and he who held the destinies of nations in his own hands would deliver him from his enemies as he had done hundreds of times before
“Col March. Replied. ‘Mr [Jonathan] Wright you are mistaken and I know it, you do not know what I know; I tell you they will kill Joe Smith before he leaves and I know it, and you never will see him alive [HC 6:587] again.’ Said I, ‘Enoch, I do not believe it, he is in the hands of God, and God will deliver him.’ Says he ‘I know better, when you hear of him again, you will hear he is dead, and I know it, and I will tell you why I know it. The people at wanted permission from the to kill you all and burn up your , and , [p. 165]
June 26 spoke up and said “I shouldn’t wonder if there is some damned Mormon hearing all we have to say,’ another who stood next to Randall, replied, ‘if I knew there was I would run him through with my bayonet’. In a few minutes Randall went to another crowd of soldiers, and heard one say ‘I guess this will be the last of Old Joe’, from there Randall went to where Governor was standing by the Fence side, and heard another soldier tell the Soldiers are determined to see Jo Smith dead before they leave here.’ replied ‘if you know of any such thing, keep it to yourself’’. In a short time Randall started for his own home, staid all night and arrived in on the twenty seventh of June, when [HC 6:586] was making his notorious speech to the Citizens. And further this deponent saith not.
Alfred Randall
“Subscribed and sworn to before me this twelfth day of February one thousand eight hundred and fifty five.
Recorder, Great Salt Lake County”
“On the 26th day of June A. D. 1844 near the in the City of , I fell in company with Col. Enoch C. March and Geo. T. M. Davis Esq., from , Ills; Editor of the Telegraph, who had just arrived from , where they said they had been for some days in company with and others, in Council upon the subject of the arrest and trial of Joseph and who were then prisoners in the County Jail in . After considerable conversation between myself and them on the subject of the Mormon Religion, and the reasons why I had embraced that faith, and renounced my former religious discipline, viz, that of the Methodists; Mr March asked me what I thought of Joe Smith, and if I had any hopes of his return to in safety? I answered that I knew Joseph Smith was a true prophet of the living God, as good and virtuous a man as ever lived upon the earth; that the Book of Mormon was true as holy writ and was brought forth precisely in the way and manner it purported to be, by the Gift and power of the Lord Almighty, and from no other source and that the Revelations. he had received and published were eternal truth, and heaven and earth would pass away before one jot or tittle of the same should fail, and all that he pretended and testified to concerning the ministration of Holy Angels from the Heavens to him, the Urim and Thummim, the voice of God, his correspondence with the Heavens,— was the truth and nothing but the truth; and that in relation to his return I had no doubt but that he would be honorably discharged upon his trial by the Court, and would be preserved in safety from the power of his enemies— that he was in the hands of his God whom he loved and faithfully served, and he who held the destinies of nations in his own hands would deliver him from his enemies as he had done hundreds of times before
“Col March. Replied. ‘Mr Jonathan Wright you are mistaken and I know it, you do not know what I know; I tell you they will kill Joe Smith before he leaves and I know it, and you never will see him alive [HC 6:587] again.’ Said I, ‘Enoch, I do not believe it, he is in the hands of God, and God will deliver him.’ Says he ‘I know better, when you hear of him again, you will hear he is dead, and I know it, and I will tell you why I know it. The people at wanted permission from the to kill you all and burn up your , and , [p. 165]
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