Appendix 3: Willard Richards, Journal Excerpt, 23–27 June 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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3.15— P.M. The guard have been more severe in their ope[r]ations— threat[e]ning among themselves or telling what they would do when the was war <​was​> over— one would sell his farm and move out of the state if Smith staid.—— sung. “poor way faring man of grief—” read from Josephus
4. o clock changed guard.—
4.15— Joseph commen[ce]d conve[r]sing with the guard about Law &c— & & — Convesd [conversed] some till 5–15:— 5–20— — retur[ne]d from town and said was surrounded— by a mob & had gone to and suggested that th[e]y would be safer in the jail Joseph said after supper we will go in— went out.— and Joseph said to — If we go in the jail will you go in with us.— answe[re]d— Bro Joseph you did not ask me to cross the with you— you did not ask me to come to .— you did not ask me to come to Jail with you— and do you think I would forsake you now.— But I will tell you what I will do— if you are condemnd to be hung for treason I will be hung. in your place stead & you shall go freee. Joseph you cannot.— said I will.— in a few minuts & before 6 o clok— before the jailor had come in his boy came in to bring some water [p. [36]]
3.15— P.M. The guard have been more severe in their operations— threatening among themselves or telling what they would do when the war was over— one would sell his farm and move out of the state if Smith staid.—— sung. “poor way faring man of grief—” read from Josephus
4. o clock changed guard.—
4.15— Joseph commenced conversing with the guard about Law &c— & & — Convesd [conversed] some till 5–15:— 5–20— — returned from town and said was surrounded— by a mob & had gone to and suggested that they would be safer in the jail Joseph said after supper we will go in— went out.— and Joseph said to — If we go in the jail will you go in with us.— — answered— Bro Joseph you did not ask me to cross the with you— you did not ask me to come to .— you did not ask me to come to Jail with you— and do you think I would forsake you now.— But I will tell you what I will do— if you are condemnd to be hung for treason I will be hung. in your stead & you shall go freee. Joseph you cannot.— said I will.— before the jailor had come in his boy came in to bring some water [p. [36]]
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