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

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to act— and the lists and other papers brot. to me for recording— I threw aside & made no record of any papers On the day before the last expedition to I heard <​the​> Jos Smith Jr, spake in a speech say, in refference to stealing, that in a general way he did not approve of it, but that on one occasion our Saviour & his disciples stole corn in passing thro’ the corn fields for the reason that they could not otherwise procure any thing to eat— He told an anecdote of a Dutchman’s potatoes, and said in substance, that a colonel or captain was quartered near a Dutchman from whom he wished to purchase some potatoes, who refused to sell them. the officer then charged his men, not to be caught stealing the dutchmans potatoes but next morning the he found his potatoes all dug.— I think it was in refference to the expedition to & that they <​had​> been compeled to go out there so often that the people there ought to bear the expense— Such men as would oppose things undertaken as being unlawful & such as they feared <​was​> a violation of the law, were called O, do I have <​heard​> Mr Smith and denominate in their publick addresses denominate “O don’t men” these I understood to be those who were denominated dissenters— and in refference to men who were hanging back and did not wish to engage in their expeditions, <​they​> were called traitors, and said <​proposed​> that blood should first begin to flow in the streets of — but his proposition did not carry— The proposition was then made [p. [57]]
to act— and the lists and other papers brot. to me for recording— I threw aside & made no record of On the day before the last expedition to I heard the Jos Smith Jr, in a speech say, in refference to stealing, that in a general way he did not approve of it, but that on one occasion our Saviour & his disciples stole corn in passing thro’ the corn fields for the reason that they could not otherwise procure any thing to eat— He told an anecdote of a Dutchman’s potatoes, and said in substance, that a colonel or captain was quartered near a Dutchman from whom he wished to purchase some potatoes, who refused to sell them. the officer then charged his men, not to be caught stealing the dutchmans potatoes but next morning he found his potatoes all dug.— I think it was in refference to the expedition to & that they had been compeled to go out there so often that the people there ought to bear the expense— Such men as would oppose things undertaken as being unlawful & such as they feared was a violation of the law, I have heard Mr Smith and in their publick addresses denominate “O don’t men” these I understood to be those who were denominated dissenters— and in refference to men who were hanging back and did not wish to engage in their expeditions, they were called traitors, and proposed that blood should first begin to flow in the streets of — but his proposition did not carry— The proposition was then made [p. [57]]
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