History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

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<​September 8​> with him, may be assured that I will not persecute them; but I do not wish their association; and what I have said may suffice on that subject so far as his character is concerned. Now in relation to his book that he may write, I will venture a prophecy; that whosoever has any hand in the matter will find themselves in a poor fix, in relation to the money matters. And as to my having any fears of the influence that he may have against me; or any other man, or set of men may have, is the most foreign from my heart; for I never knew what it was, as yet, to fear the face of , or the influence of man My fear, Sir, is before God. I fear to offend him, and strive to keep his commandments. I am really glad that you did not join in relation to his book, from the assurance which I have that it will prove a curse to all those who touch it. In relation to the honor that you speak of, both for yourself and of the Herald, you are both Strangers to me, and as kept all his letters, which he received from you, entirely to himself; and there was no correspondence between you and me, that I know of; I had no opportunity to share very largely in the getting up of any of those matters. I could not, as I had not sufficient knowledge to enable me to do so. The whole, therefore was at the instigation of , and a quiet submission on the part of the rest, out of the best of feelings. but as for myself, it was all done at a time when I was overwhelmed with a great many business cares, as well as the care of all the Churches. I must be excused therefore, for any wrongs that may have taken place, in relation to this matter: and so far as I obtain a knowledge of that which is right shall meet with my hearty approval. I feel to tender you my most hearty and sincere thanks. for every expression of kindness you have tendered towards me or my brethren; and would beg the privilege of obtruding myself a little while upon your patience in offering a short relation of my circumstances. I am at this time persecuted the worst of any man on earth; as well as this people, here in this place; and all our sacred rights are trampled under the feet of the mob. I am now hunted as an hart by the mob, under the pretence or shadow of law, to cover their abominable deeds. [HC 5:157] An unhallowed demand has been made from the of , on oath of ; that I made an attempt to assassinate him on the night of the sixth of May; when on that day, I was attending the Officer Drill, and answered to my name when the roll was called; and on the seventh, it is well known by the thousands that assembled here in , that I was at my post in reviewing the Legion in the presence of twelve thousand people: and the of the State of , notwithstanding to his being knowing to all these facts, yet he immediately granted a Writ and by an unhallowed—— usurpation, has taken away our chartered rights, and denied the right of Habeas Corpus; and has now about thirty of the blood thirsty kind of men in this place, in search for me; threatning death and destruction, and extermination upon all the Mormons; and searching my house continually from day to day; menacing and—— threatning, and intimidating an innocent and children, and insulting them in a most diabolical manner; threatning their lives &c if I am not to be found, with a gang of Missourians with them; saying they will have me dead or alive; and if alive, they will carry me to in Chains, and when there they will kill me at all hazards. And all this is backed up, and urged on, by the of this , with all the rage of a demon; [p. 1399]
September 8 with him, may be assured that I will not persecute them; but I do not wish their association; and what I have said may suffice on that subject so far as his character is concerned. Now in relation to his book that he may write, I will venture a prophecy; that whosoever has any hand in the matter will find themselves in a poor fix, in relation to the money matters. And as to my having any fears of the influence that he may have against me; or any other man, or set of men may have, is the most foreign from my heart; for I never knew what it was, as yet, to fear the face of , or the influence of man My fear, Sir, is before God. I fear to offend him, and strive to keep his commandments. I am really glad that you did not join in relation to his book, from the assurance which I have that it will prove a curse to all those who touch it. In relation to the honor that you speak of, both for yourself and of the Herald, you are both Strangers to me, and as kept all his letters, which he received from you, entirely to himself; and there was no correspondence between you and me, that I know of; I had no opportunity to share very largely in the getting up of any of those matters. I could not, as I had not sufficient knowledge to enable me to do so. The whole, therefore was at the instigation of , and a quiet submission on the part of the rest, out of the best of feelings. but as for myself, it was all done at a time when I was overwhelmed with a great many business cares, as well as the care of all the Churches. I must be excused therefore, for any wrongs that may have taken place, in relation to this matter: and so far as I obtain a knowledge of that which is right shall meet with my hearty approval. I feel to tender you my most hearty and sincere thanks. for every expression of kindness you have tendered towards me or my brethren; and would beg the privilege of obtruding myself a little while upon your patience in offering a short relation of my circumstances. I am at this time persecuted the worst of any man on earth; as well as this people, here in this place; and all our sacred rights are trampled under the feet of the mob. I am now hunted as an hart by the mob, under the pretence or shadow of law, to cover their abominable deeds. [HC 5:157] An unhallowed demand has been made from the of , on oath of ; that I made an attempt to assassinate him on the night of the sixth of May; when on that day, I was attending the Officer Drill, and answered to my name when the roll was called; and on the seventh, it is well known by the thousands that assembled here in , that I was at my post in reviewing the Legion in the presence of twelve thousand people: and the of the State of , notwithstanding to his being knowing to all these facts, yet he immediately granted a Writ and by an unhallowed—— usurpation, has taken away our chartered rights, and denied the right of Habeas Corpus; and has now about thirty of the blood thirsty kind of men in this place, in search for me; threatning death and destruction, and extermination upon all the Mormons; and searching my house continually from day to day; menacing and—— threatning, and intimidating an innocent and children, and insulting them in a most diabolical manner; threatning their lives &c if I am not to be found, with a gang of Missourians with them; saying they will have me dead or alive; and if alive, they will carry me to in Chains, and when there they will kill me at all hazards. And all this is backed up, and urged on, by the of this , with all the rage of a demon; [p. 1399]
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