Appendix 4: William Clayton, Daily Account of Joseph Smith’s Activities, 14–22 June 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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At 1/2 past 9 two messengers arrived from the . These brethren brought news that the mob had asked the brethren in to give up their arms promising if they would do so till Joseph & about 15 or 20 others were taken they might dwell there in peace. J. told them as Lieutt General not to give up their arms but to keep them till they died. After the men were gone he advised the brethren to be peaceable & not wish the mob would come &c— but be calm and if the mob did come & begin to destroy we would send the sufferers to the & then we could know what he would do & have to publish to the w[o]rld that we had kept the peace in all things. [p. [2]]
At 1/2 past 9 two messengers arrived from the . These brethren brought news that the mob had asked the brethren in to give up their arms promising if they would do so till Joseph & about 15 or 20 others were taken they might dwell there in peace. J. told them as Lieutt General not to give up their arms but to keep them till they died. After the men were gone he advised the brethren to be peaceable & not wish the mob would come &c— but be calm and if the mob did come & begin to destroy we would send the sufferers to the & then we could know what he would do & have to publish to the world that we had kept the peace in all things. [p. [2]]
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