Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account

  • Source Note
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, , , , <​Orin​> and , gave bonds with , <​​>, , , and other unexceptionable sureties, <​for their appearance at the next term of the Circuit Court <​for ​>​> in the sum of $500 <​for​> each <​of the defendants, Total $7,500​> which was 2½ times the amount of the extreme penalty required by the Statutes of : in such cases of conviction. <​and more than four times the entire cost of the Expositor Press and fixtures.​> It was evident that the Magistrate intended to overreach the pile <​wealth​> of the <​the defendants​> brethren <​and their friends​>, so as to imprison those on trial <​them​> for want of bail; but it happened that there was strength to cover the demand. <​for​> , and others <​some of the brethren​> went <​security​> to the full extent of their worth <​property​>. and Justice [Robert F.] Smith adjourned his Court over, and left <​the Court House​>, without calling on Joseph and to answer to the charge of treason, or even intimating to the <​those​> prisoners, or their Council, that they were expected to enter into an examination this <​that​> night.
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<​Capt. Smith, the only Magistrate who could grant subpoenas for witnesses, disappeared until a late hour, as if purposely to prevent the appearing of the defendants’ witnesses, and in keeping with the conviction expressed by them <​Joseph’s enemies​> the previous day “that the law cannot touch him <​them​>, but that powder and ball will”.​>
June 25. About 6½ P. M. heard , while endeavoring to get a <​another​> warrant against Joseph Smith for Treason, declare, that while he was once preaching from Daniel 1 ch. 44 v. Mr Smith said that the kingdom referred to, was already set up; and that he was the King over it. He also heard
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, , , , and , gave bonds with , , , , and other unexceptionable sureties, for their appearance at the next term of the Circuit Court for in the sum of $500 for each of the defendants, Total $7,500 . It was evident that the Magistrate intended to overreach the wealth of the defendants and their friends, so as to imprison them for want of bail; but it happened that there was strength to cover the demand. for some of the brethren went security to the full extent of their property. and Justice [Robert F.] Smith adjourned his Court over, and left the Court House, without calling on Joseph and to answer to the charge of treason, or even intimating to those prisoners, or their Council, that they were expected to enter into an examination that night.
Capt. Smith, the only Magistrate who could grant subpoenas for witnesses, disappeared until a late hour, as if purposely to prevent the appearing of the defendants’ witnesses, and in keeping with the conviction expressed by Joseph’s enemies the previous day “that the law cannot touch them, but that powder and ball will”.
. About 6½ P. M. heard , while endeavoring to get another warrant against Joseph Smith for Treason, declare, that while he was once preaching from Daniel 1 ch. 44 v. Mr Smith said that the kingdom referred to, was already set up; and that he was the King over it. He also heard
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