History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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<​July 1​> , receive the warmest thanks of this meeting for their firm patriotism, bold and decided stand taken against lawless outrage, and the spirit of mobocracy, as manifested in the arrest or capture of General Joseph Smith, while on a visit to his friends in that district of country by and , pretending to act under the authority of a writ obtained from the of this , given in consequence of a pretended requisition made on him from the of , for the arrest and delivery of said Joseph Smith unto the authorities of . In maintaining the legal rights of persons thus arrested, and seeing the Laws of maintained, and the full benefit of them enjoyed by every citizen of said , they have shown themselves republicans, patriots, and worthy citizens of this , and have entitled themselves, not only to the thanks of this meeting, but to that of all lovers of law and good order. With such citizens as these, will long enjoy the benefits of good order, and the blessings of a free people.
Resolved unanimously, That the foregoing resolution be published in the newspapers. Moderator. Clerk. [HC 5:474]
A strong wind from the North West, with thunder and rain in the afternoon.
In consequence of and leaving abruptly last night for , I sent to learn what they were doing.
A tremendous shower at , Penn. over 20 lives were lost, fifty bridges destroyed, besides many houses and stores: damage $250.000
<​Elders and started on their mission to the East, for the purpose of attending Conferences at and , where they will wait until the rest of the Twelve arrive.​> [HC 5:475]
2 July 1843 • Sunday
<​2​> Sunday A large Congregation met at the near the , heard an interesting address from Elder , after he closed, Messrs , , and [Harmon] Wasson, spoke on the stand, stating that I had subjected myself to the law in every particular, and had treated my persecutors and kidnappers with courtesy and kindness, they also spoke on the unlawful conduct of my enemies.
Messrs. , , and Harmon Wasson made the following affidavit.
, Harmon Wasson, and being duly sworn depose and say that they were in company with and the former acting as agent of the state of and having in custody Joseph Smith who was styled in the warrant by which he had been arrested Joseph Smith Jr, and who had been delivered into the custody of said by said , who had first as an officer of the State of arrested him, the said Smith, upon a warrant issued by his excellency to apprehend him as a fugitive from the justice of the State of when it was alleged he was charged with treason against the said State of ; that the arrest and transfer of the custody of said Smith took place in Illinois, And that while said was at in said county, a writ of Habeas Corpus was served on him, in behalf of said Smith, commanding him to bring said Smith before the nearest Judge or Judicial tribunal in the [HC 5:476] fifth Judicial district of the State of authorized to hear and determine upon writs of Habeas Corpus; that said acted as a guard and assistant under said on their journey from till they arrived at the city of ; that said Smith was allowed by said to “ride his horse and in a [p. 1652]
July 1 , receive the warmest thanks of this meeting for their firm patriotism, bold and decided stand taken against lawless outrage, and the spirit of mobocracy, as manifested in the arrest or capture of General Joseph Smith, while on a visit to his friends in that district of country by and , pretending to act under the authority of a writ obtained from the of this , given in consequence of a pretended requisition made on him from the of , for the arrest and delivery of said Joseph Smith unto the authorities of . In maintaining the legal rights of persons thus arrested, and seeing the Laws of maintained, and the full benefit of them enjoyed by every citizen of said , they have shown themselves republicans, patriots, and worthy citizens of this , and have entitled themselves, not only to the thanks of this meeting, but to that of all lovers of law and good order. With such citizens as these, will long enjoy the benefits of good order, and the blessings of a free people.
Resolved unanimously, That the foregoing resolution be published in the newspapers. Moderator. Clerk. [HC 5:474]
A strong wind from the North West, with thunder and rain in the afternoon.
In consequence of and leaving abruptly last night for , I sent to learn what they were doing.
A tremendous shower at , Penn. over 20 lives were lost, fifty bridges destroyed, besides many houses and stores: damage $250.000
Elders and started on their mission to the East, for the purpose of attending Conferences at and , where they will wait until the rest of the Twelve arrive. [HC 5:475]
2 July 1843 • Sunday
2 Sunday A large Congregation met at the near the , heard an interesting address from Elder , after he closed, Messrs , , and Harmon Wasson, spoke on the stand, stating that I had subjected myself to the law in every particular, and had treated my persecutors and kidnappers with courtesy and kindness, they also spoke on the unlawful conduct of my enemies.
Messrs. , , and Harmon Wasson made the following affidavit.
, Harmon Wasson, and being duly sworn depose and say that they were in company with and the former acting as agent of the state of and having in custody Joseph Smith who was styled in the warrant by which he had been arrested Joseph Smith Jr, and who had been delivered into the custody of said by said , who had first as an officer of the State of arrested him, the said Smith, upon a warrant issued by his excellency to apprehend him as a fugitive from the justice of the State of when it was alleged he was charged with treason against the said State of ; that the arrest and transfer of the custody of said Smith took place in Illinois, And that while said was at in said county, a writ of Habeas Corpus was served on him, in behalf of said Smith, commanding him to bring said Smith before the nearest Judge or Judicial tribunal in the [HC 5:476] fifth Judicial district of the State of authorized to hear and determine upon writs of Habeas Corpus; that said acted as a guard and assistant under said on their journey from till they arrived at the city of ; that said Smith was allowed by said to “ride his horse and in a [p. 1652]
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