Discourse, 4 July 1843, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

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holding the office of Lieutenent General not that I seek for power. & with regard to elections some say we all vote together & vote as I say: But I never tell any man how to vote or who to vote for, But I will show you how we have been situated by bringing a comparison Should their be a Methodist society here & two candidates running for office: one says if you will vote for me & put me in governor I will exterminate the Methodist take away their Charters &c. The other candidate says if I am Governor I will give all an equal privilege, which would the Methodist vote for, of course they would vote in mass for the candidate that would give them their rights; thus it has Been with us said if the people would elect him he would exterminate the mormons & take away their charters As to he made no such threats, but manifested a spirit in his speaches to give every man their rights; hence the Church universally voted for & he was elected Governor; But he has issued writs against me the first time the Missourians made a demand for me & this is the second one he has issued for me which has caused me much trouble & expense. President Smith also rehearsed the account of his being taken By & & the unlawful treatment he received at their hands [p. [68]]
holding the office of Lieutenent General not that I seek for power. & with regard to elections some say we all vote together & vote as I say: But I never tell any man how to vote or who to vote for, But I will show you how we have been situated by bringing a comparison Should their be a Methodist society here & two candidates running for office: one says if you will vote for me & put me in governor I will exterminate the Methodist take away their Charters &c. The other candidate says if I am Governor I will give all an equal privilege, which would the Methodist vote for, of course they would vote in mass for the candidate that would give them their rights; thus it has Been with us said if the people would elect him he would exterminate the mormons & take away their charters As to he made no such threats, but manifested a spirit in his speaches to give every man their rights; hence the Church universally voted for & he was elected Governor; But he has issued writs against me the first time the Missourians made a demand for me & this is the second one he has issued for me which has caused me much trouble & expense. President Smith also rehearsed the account of his being taken By & & the unlawful treatment he received at their hands [p. [68]]
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