Discourse, 30 June 1843, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

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the Constitution & laws of these & of this May God forbid, I will not bear it if they take away my rights I will fights, for my rights. manfully & righteously untill I am used up with Blood & thunder sword & pistol. We have done nothing against law or right As touching our City Charter & laws their is a secret in it, what is it our laws go behind the writ & investigate the subject ie of Habeas Corpus while other laws do not go behind the writ you speak of Lawyiers, I am a Lawyier to But the Almighty God has taught me the principle of law & the true meaning of the writ of Habes Corpus is to defend the Innocent & investigat the subject go behind the writ & if the form of a writ is wright that is issued against an innocent man He should not be dragged to another State & there put to death or in jeopordy life or limb because of prejudice when he is innoce[n]t the benefits of the Constitution & law is for all alike & the great loheem God has given me the privilege of having the benefit of the Constitution & the writ of Habeas Corpus & I am bold to ask for this privilege this day & to ask you to carry out this privilege principle And all who are in favor of carrying out this great principle make it manifest by raising the right hand & their was a sea of hands A universal vote, here is truly a Committy of the whole In speaki[n]g of my Journey to I will relate a circomstance when Mr first came to me they said I should not speak to any man & they would shoot any man that should speak to me An old man came up & said I should have council & said he was not afraid of their pistols & they took [p. [61]]
the Constitution & laws of these & of this May God forbid, I will not bear it if they take away my rights I will fight, for my rights. manfully & righteously untill I am used up with Blood & thunder sword & pistol. We have done nothing against law or right As touching our City Charter & laws their is a secret in it, what is it our laws go behind the writ & investigate the subject ie of Habeas Corpus while other laws do not go behind the writ you speak of Lawyiers, I am a Lawyier to But the Almighty God has taught me the principle of law & the true meaning of the writ of Habes Corpus is to defend the Innocent & investigat the subject go behind the writ & if the form of a writ is wright that is issued against an innocent man He should not be dragged to another State & there put to death or in jeopordy life or limb because of prejudice when he is innocent the benefits of the Constitution & law is for all alike & the great loheem God has given me the privilege of having the benefit of the Constitution & the writ of Habeas Corpus & I am bold to ask for this privilege this day & to ask you to carry out this principle And all who are in favor of carrying out this great principle make it manifest by raising the right hand & their was a sea of hands A universal vote, here is truly a Committy of the whole In speaking of my Journey to I will relate a circomstance when Mr first came to me they said I should not speak to any man & they would shoot any man that should speak to me An old man came up & said I should have council & said he was not afraid of their pistols & they took [p. [61]]
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