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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​January 3.​> The was sent to bring Eli Norton.
The Mayor said to the Police; ‘On conditions <​I have had no​> private conversation with any of you, rise up and change the breech of your guns upwards’, when all arose and changed the position of their guns as indicated.
Counselor considered the matter very alarming when he heard it,— he referred to Dr. and John Carl’s treachery and false swearing in and rehearsed what was said by the Mayor to the Police in the former Council. [HC 6:163]
The Mayor said;
‘The reason why I made the remarks I did, was on account of the reports brought from Missouri Jail by that my enemies were determined to get me into their power and take my life in order to <​and thereby thought they would​> accomplish the overthrow of Mormonism, and to enable them to effect this they had secured the services of some of my most confidential friends whom I did not suspect, and who were living in , to deliver me into their hands, so that they might organize <​their religious​> organize <​organizations​> upon their old principles <​might stand,​> for they feared that the Mormonism would destroy their present religious creeds, organizations and orthodox systems. They did not design to try me, but hang me,— or take my life anyhow— that they had a man in our midst who would fix me out, if they could not get me into their power without.’
He then referred to his remarks at the previous Council.
Minutes of last Council being called for, were then read.
Eli Norton sworn.
Question. By the Mayor— Did Carn say, I had administered a private oath? Norton, No! Did not say much about , did not say you had ever administered any private oath, Carn never intimated to me that must be put out of the way,— did not call ’s name nor any other name— did not say, the policemen had received a private oath— understood Carn to say they had received private instructions, and if a man could not keep a secret he was not worthy of a place in the church— did not say the Mayor had given him a private charge,— did not tell where the danger was expected to come from, told me there were dough heads about— did not say the doughheads were in danger, but the Mayor was in danger from the doughheads.
Question by . Did you not understand from Brother Carn that he was suspicious of some person near Joseph being a doughhead and that that person was myself?
Answer. He mentioned a doughhead as being very near Joseph and he guessed you was the man, and I thought it might be that Danites <​Daniteism​> was not done with.
Mayor. Tell what you know that made you so alarmed about .
Answer. There was no chain to the conversation but I drew the inference that was the doughhead from Carn’s conversation; but Carn did not name .
Daniel Carn was sworn said.
‘I told brother Norton that certain men had been counselled by the Prophet to invest their means in the publishing the new Translation of the Bible, and they instead of obeying that Counsel, had used their [p. 1852]
January 3. The was sent to bring Eli Norton.
The Mayor said to the Police; ‘On conditions I have had no private conversation with any of you, rise up and change the breech of your guns upwards’, when all arose and changed the position of their guns as indicated.
Counselor considered the matter very alarming when he heard it,— he referred to Dr. and John Carl’s treachery and false swearing in and rehearsed what was said by the Mayor to the Police in the former Council. [HC 6:163]
The Mayor said;
‘The reason why I made the remarks I did, was on account of the reports brought from Missouri Jail by — that my enemies were determined to get me into their power and take my life and thereby thought they would accomplish the overthrow of Mormonism, and to enable them to effect this they had secured the services of some of my most confidential friends whom I did not suspect, and who were living in , to deliver me into their hands, so that their religious organizations upon their old principles might stand, for they feared that Mormonism would destroy their present religious creeds, organizations and orthodox systems. They did not design to try me, but hang me,— or take my life anyhow— that they had a man in our midst who would fix me out, if they could not get me into their power without.’
He then referred to his remarks at the previous Council.
Minutes of last Council being called for, were then read.
Eli Norton sworn.
Question. By the Mayor— Did Carn say, I had administered a private oath? Norton, No! Did not say much about , did not say you had ever administered any private oath, Carn never intimated to me that must be put out of the way,— did not call ’s name nor any other name— did not say, the policemen had received a private oath— understood Carn to say they had received private instructions, and if a man could not keep a secret he was not worthy of a place in the church— did not say the Mayor had given him a private charge,— did not tell where the danger was expected to come from, told me there were dough heads about— did not say the doughheads were in danger, but the Mayor was in danger from the doughheads.
Question by . Did you not understand from Brother Carn that he was suspicious of some person near Joseph being a doughhead and that that person was myself?
Answer. He mentioned a doughhead as being very near Joseph and he guessed you was the man, and I thought it might be that Daniteism was not done with.
Mayor. Tell what you know that made you so alarmed about .
Answer. There was no chain to the conversation but I drew the inference that was the doughhead from Carn’s conversation; but Carn did not name .
Daniel Carn was sworn said.
‘I told brother Norton that certain men had been counselled by the Prophet to invest their means in the publishing the new Translation of the Bible, and they instead of obeying that Counsel, had used their [p. 1852]
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