Transcript of Proceedings, 12–29 November 1838 [State of Missouri v. JS et al. for Treason and Other Crimes]

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should support the presidency in all their designs right or rong.— that whatever they said was to be obeyed, and whoever opposed the presidency in what they said or <​desired​> done, should be expeled the , or have their lives taken. The three composing the presidency was at one of those meetings, and to satisfy the people <​ called on​> <​Jos Smith Jr who​> they gave them a pledges that if they led them into a difficulty, he would give them his head for a foot ball— and that it was the will of God these things should be so. The teacher, and and active— agent of the Society was , and his teachings were approved of by the presidecy. further taught as a part of their obligation, that if any one betrayed the secret designs of the society, they should be killed and <​laid aside &​> nothing said about it: I heard s sermon, commonly called the salt sermon, and its purport & design was about as other witnesses have stated <​them​> before me— When process was filed against Jos Smith Jr and others, before me in my office as clerk of circuit court: for trespass, Jos Smith Jr told me not to issue that writ. that he did not intend to submit <​to​> it; that it was a vexatious thing & I had a right to Judge of it— and that he would me see me out in it. <​who was not a defendant in that suit​> also joined him in this promise <​if​> I would not issue it. <​this was​>— Previous to the last term of the circuit, and <​court I​> know of . I considered myself not as proper judge, as to whether it was a vexatious suit or not. Jos Smith Jr, said it was a vexatious thing, & that he would not suffer it to be issued— and I felt myself intimidated and [p. [51]]
should support the presidency in all their designs right or rong.— that whatever they said was to be obeyed, and whoever opposed the presidency in what they said or desired done, should be expeled the , or have their lives taken. The three composing the presidency was at one of those meetings, and to satisfy the people called on Jos Smith Jr who gave them a pledge that if they led them into a difficulty, he would give them his head for a foot ball— and that it was the will of God these things should be so. The teacher, and active— agent of the Society was , and his teachings were approved of by the presidecy. further taught as a part of their obligation, that if any one betrayed the secret designs of the society, they should be killed and laid aside & nothing said about it: I heard s sermon, commonly called the salt sermon, and its purport & design was about as other witnesses have stated them before me— When process was filed against Jos Smith Jr and others, in my office as clerk of circuit court: for trespass, Jos Smith Jr told me not to issue that writ. that he did not intend to submit to it; that it was a vexatious thing & I had a right to Judge of it— and that he would see me out in it. who was not a defendant in that suit also joined him in this promise if I would not issue it. this was— Previous to the last term of the circuit, court of . I considered myself not a proper judge, as to whether it was a vexatious suit or not. Jos Smith Jr, said it was a vexatious thing, & that he would not suffer it to be issued— and I felt myself intimidated and [p. [51]]
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