Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account

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<​each​> put into a rough square <​rough​> pine box. <​at 8 a m​> The room was then thrown open for their friends <​Saints​> to view the bodies <​of their Martyred Prophet & ​> and it is estimated that <​over​> 10,000 persons at least visited the remains of Joseph & that day as there was a perfect living stream of people entering in at the west door of the and out at the north door from 8 a m to 5 p m at which hour <​a request was made that​> the was should be cleared so that the families could take <​their​> farewell of <​look at​> the remains. The coffins were then taken out of the boxes and taken into the little bedroom in the North east corner of the , and then concealed & the door locked. Bags of sand were then placed in each end of the boxes which were then nailed up, and a mock funeral took place, the boxes being put into a hearse and driven to the grave yard by , and then deposited in a grave <​with the usual ceremonies.​> This was done to prevent the enemies of the Martyred Prophet & getting possessi[o]n of the bodies As it was expected <​they had threatened​> they would attempt to do so. As the hearse passed the meeting ground <​accompanied by a few men​> was preaching the funeral sermon
At about midnight the coffins with <​containing​> the bodies <​too small for Joseph, but [2 words illegible] from Hyrum​> were taken from the by , , , , , and Gilbert Goldsmith, <​​><​, , and ,​> preceded by as guard, <​with his musket— they went thru the garden, round by the pump​> And were conveyed to the , <​which was then built to the first joists of the basement​> and buried in the basement story After the bodies were interred <​ said he wished it to rain so that it could not be suspected that the earth had been disturbed. He had no sooner said the words than​> <​x​> <​x and the ground smoothed off as it was before, and rubbish chips of wood & stone and other rubbish thrown over so as to make it appear like the rest of the ground around the graves​> a <​most terrific​> shower of rain <​accompanied with thunder & lightning​> occurred and obliterated all traces of the <​of the fact that the earth had been​> newly dug earth <​. 5​>
each put into a rough pine box. at 8 a m The room was thrown open for the Saints to view the bodies of their Martyred Prophet & and it is estimated that over 10,000 persons visited the remains that day as there was a perfect living stream of people entering in at the west door of the and out at the north door from 8 a m to 5 p m at which hour a request was made that the should be cleared so that the families could take their farewell look at the remains. The coffins were then taken out of the boxes into the little bedroom in the North east corner of the , and then concealed & the door locked. Bags of sand were then placed in each end of the boxes which were then nailed up, and a mock funeral took place, the boxes being put into a hearse and driven to the grave yard by , and then deposited in a grave with the usual ceremonies. This was done to prevent the enemies of the Martyred Prophet & getting possession of the bodies As they had threatened they would do . As the hearse passed the meeting ground accompanied by a few men was preaching the funeral sermon
about midnight the coffins containing the bodies were taken from the by , , , , , Gilbert Goldsmith, , , and , preceded by as guard, with his musket— they went thru the garden, round by the pump And were conveyed to the , which was then built to the first joists of the basement and buried in the basement story After the bodies were interred x x and the ground smoothed off as it was before, and chips of wood & stone and other rubbish thrown over so as to make it appear like the rest of the ground around the graves a most terrific shower of rain accompanied with thunder & lightning occurred and obliterated all traces of the fact that the earth had been newly dug . 5
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