History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 21​> Messrs. and went accordingly; but tarried to prepare additional documents.
The following affidavit was taken:—
“State of Illinois,)
County of Hancock,)
City of .)
, June 21st, 1844.
Personally appeared, , before me, , Recorder of said , and after being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that on or about the 27th of May, 1844, while at in , aforesaid, in company with Joseph Smith and others, called into a private room, and there and then said, ‘for God’s sake don’t suffer that man, Joseph Smith, to go out of doors, for if he steps outside of the door his blood will be spilt’; to which statement replied he had no such fears; when said confirmed said statements with considerable emotion, and said he knew that Smith could not go out of doors but his blood would be spilt. [HC 6:522] asked who would do it; said he would not tell, but he knew the proud spirit of — that he would not be insulted, and that he would kill Joseph Smith if he had to die on the spot, and there were many others in who would assist to do the same thing. was in the house below at that time. A day or two previous to the above conversation, while at aforesaid, heard say that Joseph Smith was the damndest rascal in the world, and he would be damned if he did not take vengeance on him if he had to follow him to the , and said made many more such like threats against Joseph Smith and .
“Sworn and subscribed this 21st day of June 1844, before me,
L. S.
,
Recorder of the City of .”
And as this affidavit confirms what was told me in , I made the following affidavit:—
“State of Illinois,)
County of Hancock,)
City of .)
“June 21st, 1844
Personally appeared, Joseph Smith, before me, Recorder of the City of , and after being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that while at at in the aforesaid on or about the 27th day of May, 1844, whither deponent had gone to transact business in the circuit court of the aforesaid, took deponent into a private room and told deponent there was a conspiracy against the life of deponent, and that deponent had not better go out of doors, if he did his blood would be shed. said he was deponent’s friend, and did not want to see blood shed.
Joseph Smith.
“Sworn and subscribed this 21st day of June, 1844, before me,
L. S.
Recorder of the City of .”
I instructed my clerks, , , , and John McEwan, to prepare all [HC 6:523] necessary papers and affidavits ready to be sent to the tomorrow morning. [p. 133]
June 21 Messrs. and went accordingly; but tarried to prepare additional documents.
The following affidavit was taken:—
“State of Illinois,)
County of Hancock,)
City of .)
, June 21st, 1844.
Personally appeared, , before me, , Recorder of said , and after being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that on or about the 27th of May, 1844, while at in , aforesaid, in company with Joseph Smith and others, called into a private room, and there and then said, ‘for God’s sake don’t suffer that man, Joseph Smith, to go out of doors, for if he steps outside of the door his blood will be spilt’; to which statement replied he had no such fears; when said confirmed said statements with considerable emotion, and said he knew that Smith could not go out of doors but his blood would be spilt. [HC 6:522] asked who would do it; said he would not tell, but he knew the proud spirit of — that he would not be insulted, and that he would kill Joseph Smith if he had to die on the spot, and there were many others in who would assist to do the same thing. was in the house below at that time. A day or two previous to the above conversation, while at aforesaid, heard say that Joseph Smith was the damndest rascal in the world, and he would be damned if he did not take vengeance on him if he had to follow him to the , and said made many more such like threats against Joseph Smith and .
“Sworn and subscribed this 21st day of June 1844, before me,
L. S.
,
Recorder of the City of .”
And as this affidavit confirms what was told me in , I made the following affidavit:—
“State of Illinois,)
County of Hancock,)
City of .)
“June 21st, 1844
Personally appeared, Joseph Smith, before me, Recorder of the City of , and after being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that while at at in the aforesaid on or about the 27th day of May, 1844, whither deponent had gone to transact business in the circuit court of the aforesaid, took deponent into a private room and told deponent there was a conspiracy against the life of deponent, and that deponent had not better go out of doors, if he did his blood would be shed. said he was deponent’s friend, and did not want to see blood shed.
Joseph Smith.
“Sworn and subscribed this 21st day of June, 1844, before me,
L. S.
Recorder of the City of .”
I instructed my clerks, , , , and John McEwan, to prepare all [HC 6:523] necessary papers and affidavits ready to be sent to the tomorrow morning. [p. 133]
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