Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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1844 <​When​> The bodies of Joseph & arrived at the at on the 28th June about 3 P M. The doors of the were closed immediately, and the people were told to go quietly home, and that the bodies would be exhibited the next morning at 8 A. M. with the assistance of and <​another​> <​​> washed the bodies all over from the head to foot, <​( No 1 here)​> <​he​> put cotton soaked in Camphor, into the <​each​> wounds wound, and laid the bodies out with <​fine plain​> drawers and shirts, white neckerchiefs white cotton stockings, and white shrouds.
After this was done, <​(Gilbert Goldsmith was door keeper at the time)​> (who was at the time pregnant) was <​then​> permitted to view the bodies—. On first seeing the corpes [corpse] of her husband she screamed and fell, but was supported by . She then fell upon his face and Kissed him, calling him by name and begged of him to speak to her once— the scene was too affecting almost to be borne. (’s wife) was also admitted, and conducted herself with <​manifested​> calmness and composure throughout the trying scene. The children of the Martyred Prophet and were then permitted <​admitted​> to see <​the remains <​bodies​> of​> their fathers <​remains​> when the scene beggared description, being perfectly heartrending. <​Relatives and​> Particular friends were also permitted to visit the<​m​> corpses during the day and night <​evening.​>
The bodies lay in state as laid out all night. At seven next morning (29th) they <​remains bodies​> were put into the coffins, which were covered with black velvet, and had <​fastened with​> brass nails around. Over the face <​of the <​each​> corpse​> was a lid hung with brass hinges and betwixt <​under which was​> that was next to the face a square of glass <​to protect the face​> and the coffin was lined with white cambric. The coffins were then [p. 75]
1844 When The bodies of Joseph & arrived at the The doors were closed immediately, the people were told to go quietly home, and the bodies would be exhibited the next morning at 8 A. M. with the assistance of and washed the bodies from head to foot, ( No 1 here) he put cotton soaked in Camphor, into each wound, and laid the bodies out with fine plain drawers and shirts, white neckerchiefs white cotton stockings, and white shrouds.
After this was done, (Gilbert Goldsmith was door keeper at the time) (who was at the time pregnant) was then permitted to view the bodies—. On first seeing the corpes [corpse] of her husband she screamed and fell, but was supported by . She then fell upon his face and Kissed him, calling him by name and begged of him to speak to her once— the scene was too affecting almost to be borne. (’s wife) was also admitted, and manifested calmness and composure throughout the trying scene. The children of the Martyred Prophet and were then admitted to see the bodies when the scene beggared description, being perfectly heartrending. Relatives and Particular friends were also permitted to visit them during the evening.
At seven next morning (29th) the bodies were put into the coffins, which were covered with black velvet, fastened with brass nails . Over the face of each corpse was a lid hung with brass hinges under which was a square of glass to protect the face and the coffin was lined with white cambric. The coffins were then [p. 75]
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