Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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a company of about 60 mounted militia, on seeing which Joseph said, “do not be scared <​alarmed​> brethren, for they cannot do more to you than their enemies <​of truth​> did to the ancient saints— they can only kill the body.” The company made a halt, when Joseph, , and several others went into Fellows’ house with who presented an order from for all the “State Arms” in possession of the <​which​> Joseph immediately countersigned the order.
went up to Joseph and said “Bror Joseph, shall I return to , and regulate about getting the arms, and get the receipts for them?” Joseph enquired if he was under arrest, or expected to be arrested. answered “No”; when Joseph directed him to return ahead of the company and make as good a disposition of <​gather​> the arms as he could, and do as well as he could in all things. Joseph then said to the company, <​who were with him​> “I am going like a lamb to the slaughter, but I am calm as a summer’s morning; I have a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward all men; if they take my life I shall die an [p. 3]
a company of about 60 mounted militia, on seeing which Joseph said, “do not be alarmed brethren, for they cannot do more to you than the enemies of truth did to the ancient saints— they can only kill the body.” The company made a halt, when Joseph, , and several others went into Fellows’ house with who presented an order from for all the “State Arms” in possession of the which Joseph immediately countersigned .
went up to Joseph and said “Bror Joseph, shall I return to , and regulate about getting the arms, and get the receipts for them?” Joseph enquired if he was under arrest, or expected to be arrested. answered “No”; when Joseph directed him to return ahead of the company gather the arms , and do as well as he could in all things. Joseph then said to the company, who were with him “I am going like a lamb to the slaughter, but I am calm as a summer’s morning; I have a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward all men; if they take my life I shall die an [p. 3]
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