Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account, Draft

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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1844 June 27— 4 5 PM: While the had finished <​was making​> his speech he a firing <​the report​> of a cannon was heard apparently from the direction of about six miles from upon which the Governor’s Aide turned pale and whispered to who also turned pale, also as though it was a signal <​to him and his suite​> of some important event, When he had finished <​and he immediately closed​> his speech and went to the <​of Joseph Smith​> He had scarcely entered the room when <​During the time that the was making his speech,​> <​ (Mother of Joseph & )​> Sister (wife of ) Leonora Taylor (wife of ) and (wife of ), who had signed a petition to his Excellency intreating him to fulfill the many pledges which he had made and restore those four men in safety to their wives an<​,​> children & friends in . This petition had also been presented offered to for signature, but she refused to sign it. had scarcely entered the room when and Leonora Taylor presented the petition to him. He appeared confused, cast his eyes down to the floor as though he could not meet the eyes of those <​imploring looks of his petitioners​> and remained speechless and agitated for some time, apparently <​evidently​> feeling himself condemned. He finally said “I will do what I can for you”. [p. 55a]
1844 June 27— 5 PM: While the was making his speech the report of a cannon was heard apparently from the direction of upon which the Governor’s Aide turned pale and whispered to who also turned pale, as though it was a signal to him and his suite of some important event, and he immediately closed his speech and went to the of Joseph Smith During the time that the was making his speech, (Mother of Joseph & ) (wife of ) Leonora Taylor (wife of ) and (wife of ), had signed a petition to his Excellency intreating him to fulfill the many pledges which he had made and restore those four men in safety to their wives , children & friends in . This petition had also been offered to for signature, but she refused to sign it. had scarcely entered the when and Leonora Taylor presented the petition to him. He appeared confused, cast his eyes down to the floor as though he could not meet the imploring looks of his petitioners and remained speechless and agitated for some time, evidently feeling himself condemned. He finally said “I will do what I can for you”. [p. 55a]
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