Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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upon it, a little more misbehaviour from the citizens, and the torch which is now already lighted will be applied, the may be reduced to ashes <​and extermination would inevitably follow​>; and it gave me great pain to think that there was danger of so many innocent women and children being exterminated. If anything of a serious character should befal the lives or property of the persons who are prosecuting your leaders, you will be held responsible”.
Whilst the was making this speech, the report of a cannon was heard apparently from the direction of upon which the ’s Aide turned pale and whispered to His 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. In the meantime, (mother of Joseph and ), Mary [Fielding] Smith (wife of ), Leonora [Cannon] Taylor (wife of ), and (wife of ) had signed a petition to His Excellency , intreating him to fulfil the many pledges which he had made, and restore those four men in safety to their wives, children, and friends [p. 68]
upon it, a little more misbehaviour from the citizens, and the torch which is now already lighted will be applied, the may be reduced to ashes and extermination would inevitably follow; and it gave me great pain to think that there was danger of so many innocent women and children being exterminated. If anything of a serious character should befal the lives or property of the persons who are prosecuting your leaders, you will be held responsible”.
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