History Draft [6 August 1838–30 December 1839]

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gubernatorial choice, and it was his hatred to truth and the “Mormons,” to his blood thirsty murderous disposition that raised him to the station he occupied. & this <​His​> extermintig [exterminating] order of the 27[th] around every spirit in the state of of the like stamp with his own, and the Mobocrats were flocking to the Standard of from almost every qua[r]ter. , although not the ranking office, was selected by By as the most fit instrum[en]t to cary out his murderous. designs. for, bad as they were in very few commanding office[r]s were yet suffici[en]tly hardnd. to go all lengths with in this inhum contemplated inhuman, Butchy [butchery], & expulsi[o]n from one of the (so called) should be free & indepndet [independent] states of the , where the Constution declar[es] that “eve[r]y mans shall have the privlege of worshipping God according to the dictates of this own conscience,” and this was all the offenc[e] the had been guilty of. <​And here I would​> I should have peviosly <​30​> stated that while the evil spirits were raging up & dom [down] in the d to raise mobs against the “Mis◊◊◊◊◊” Sa “Mormons,” Satan himself was no less busy in striving to stir up mischief in the camp of the Saints; and among the most conspicuoc [conspicuous] of his <​ & His Danites​> willing devotees was one Samuel <​Doct​> , who had been in the Church but a short time, and who, although he had generally behaved with a tolerable degree of external decorum, was secretly aspiring to be the greatest of the great, and become the leader of the people. This was his pride & his folly, but as he could not accom <​had​> no hopes of accomplishing it. by going <​in​> the hearts of the people in open combat. <​strife​> he watched his opportunity with the brethren, at a time when mobs had oppressd them & robbed, wh[i]pped, burned, plunderd, and slain till forbearan[c]e seemed no longer a virtue, and nothing but the grace of god without measure could support men under such trials, to form a secret society <​combination​>. by <​on​>which he might rise a migthy [mighty] conquerer at the expence of the overthrow of the church. And this he <​tried to​> accomplishd by his smoth, flattery & winning speehes, which he freequenlty made, to his hearer <​associates​>, while his [illegible] <​Lodge​> room was [p. 31]
gubernatorial choice, and it was his hatred to truth and the “Mormons,” to his blood thirsty murderous disposition that raised him to the station he occupied. His extermintig [exterminating] order of the 27[th] around every spirit in the state of the like stamp with his own, and the Mobocrats were flocking to the Standard of from almost every quarter. , although not the ranking office, was selected by as the most fit instrument to cary out his murderous. designs. for, bad as they were in very few commanding officers were yet sufficiently hardnd. to go all lengths with in this contemplated inhuman, Butchy butchery, & expulsion from one of the should be free & indepndet [independent] states of the , where the Constution declares that “every mans shall have the privlege of worshipping God according to the dictates of his own conscience,” and this was all the offence the had been guilty of. And here I would state that while the evil spirits were raging up & dom [down] in the d to raise mobs against the “Mormons,” Satan himself was no less busy in striving to stir up mischief in the camp of the Saints; and among the most conspicuoc [conspicuous] of his & His Danites willing devotees was one Doct , who had been in the Church but a short time, and who, although he had generally behaved with a tolerable degree of external decorum, was secretly aspiring to be the greatest of the great, and become the leader of the people. This was his pride & his folly, but as he had no hopes of accomplishing it. by going in the hearts of the people in open strife he watched his opportunity with the brethren, at a time when mobs had oppressd robbed, whipped, burned, plunderd, and slain till forbearance seemed no longer a virtue, and nothing but the grace of god without measure could support men under such trials, to form a secret combination. onwhich he might rise a migthy [mighty] conquerer at the expence of the overthrow of the church. And this he tried to accomplish by his smoth, flattery & winning speehes, which he freequenlty made, to his associates, while his Lodge room was [p. 31]
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