History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 23​> I publicly avow that any one who has said, that I have stated that General Joseph Smith has given me authority to hold illicit intercourse with women, is a liar in the face of God, those who have said it are damned liars; they are infernal liars. He never either in public or private, gave me any such authority or license, and any person who states it, is a scoundrel and a liar. I have heard it said that I should become a second by withdrawing from the Church, and that I was at variance with the heads and should use an influence against them because I resigned the office of Mayor; this is false. I have no difficulty with the heads of the Church, and I intend to continue with you, and hope the time may come when I may be restored [HC 5:38] to full confidence, and fellowship, and my former standing in the Church: and that my conduct may be such as to warrant my restoration— and should the time ever come that I may have the opportunity to test my faith it will then be known whether I am a traitor or a true man.”
Joseph Smith then asked: “Will you please state definitely whether you know any thing against my character either in public or private” answered: “I do not; in all my intercourse with General Smith, in public and in private, he has been strictly virtuous.” , , , , , , , , , , , , , City Recorder, May 19th. 1842.
After I had done all in my power to persuade him to amend his conduct, and these facts were fully established, (not only by testimony, but by his own confessions,) he having acknowledged that they were true, and seeing no prospects of any satisfaction from his future life, the hand of fellowship was withdrawn from him as a member of the Church, by the officers; but on account of his earnestly requesting that we would not publish him to the world, we concluded not to do so at that time, but would let the matter rest until we saw the effect of what we had already done. It appears evident that as soon as he perceived that he could no longer maintain his standing as a member of the Church, nor his respectability as a Citizen, he came to the conclusion to leave the place; which he has done; and that very abruptly; and had he done so quietly, and not attempted to deceive the people around him, his case would not have excited the indignation of the citizens, so much as his real conduct has done. In order to make his case look plausible, he has reported, that he had withdrawn from the Church because we were not worthy of his society; thus, instead of manifesting a spirit of repent[HC 5:39]ance, he has to the last, proved himself to be unworthy the confidence or regard of any upright person, by lying, to deceive the innocent, and committing adultery in the most abominable and degraded manner. We are credibly informed that he has colleagued with some of our former wicked persecutors, the Missourians, and has threatened destruction upon us; but we should naturally suppose, that he would be so <​much​> ashamed of himself at the injury he has already done to those who never injured, but befriended him [p. 1345]
June 23 I publicly avow that any one who has said, that I have stated that General Joseph Smith has given me authority to hold illicit intercourse with women, is a liar in the face of God, those who have said it are damned liars; they are infernal liars. He never either in public or private, gave me any such authority or license, and any person who states it, is a scoundrel and a liar. I have heard it said that I should become a second by withdrawing from the Church, and that I was at variance with the heads and should use an influence against them because I resigned the office of Mayor; this is false. I have no difficulty with the heads of the Church, and I intend to continue with you, and hope the time may come when I may be restored [HC 5:38] to full confidence, and fellowship, and my former standing in the Church: and that my conduct may be such as to warrant my restoration— and should the time ever come that I may have the opportunity to test my faith it will then be known whether I am a traitor or a true man.”
Joseph Smith then asked: “Will you please state definitely whether you know any thing against my character either in public or private” answered: “I do not; in all my intercourse with General Smith, in public and in private, he has been strictly virtuous.” , , , , , , , , , , , , , City Recorder, May 19th. 1842.
After I had done all in my power to persuade him to amend his conduct, and these facts were fully established, (not only by testimony, but by his own confessions,) he having acknowledged that they were true, and seeing no prospects of any satisfaction from his future life, the hand of fellowship was withdrawn from him as a member of the Church, by the officers; but on account of his earnestly requesting that we would not publish him to the world, we concluded not to do so at that time, but would let the matter rest until we saw the effect of what we had already done. It appears evident that as soon as he perceived that he could no longer maintain his standing as a member of the Church, nor his respectability as a Citizen, he came to the conclusion to leave the place; which he has done; and that very abruptly; and had he done so quietly, and not attempted to deceive the people around him, his case would not have excited the indignation of the citizens, so much as his real conduct has done. In order to make his case look plausible, he has reported, that he had withdrawn from the Church because we were not worthy of his society; thus, instead of manifesting a spirit of repent[HC 5:39]ance, he has to the last, proved himself to be unworthy the confidence or regard of any upright person, by lying, to deceive the innocent, and committing adultery in the most abominable and degraded manner. We are credibly informed that he has colleagued with some of our former wicked persecutors, the Missourians, and has threatened destruction upon us; but we should naturally suppose, that he would be so much ashamed of himself at the injury he has already done to those who never injured, but befriended him [p. 1345]
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