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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 26​> Such a one I am bound to obey any how. Said he, ‘I want a warrant against the man who stabbed brother Badham’; he said it was a man who boarded at Davis’s; he said it was Mr. Simpson— it answered his description. I said I had no jurisdiction out of the . He said the man must be arrested, or else he will go away. I told him, ‘you must go to Squire , , or .’ Mr. Lytle stepped up and said ‘I am a policeman’. I jumped into my carriage and away I went. When I came back I met . He said, ‘you did wrong in arresting Mr. Simpson’. I told him I did not do it. I went over and sat down, and related the circumstances. He turned round and said, ‘Mr.Smith, I have nothing against you; I am satisfied’. He went and supped with me. He declared in the presence of witnesses that he had nothing against me. I then said ‘I will go over to , and testify what the englishman told me’. I told him not to make out that I believe he is the man, but that I believe he is innocent. I don’t want to swear that he is the man. , , Hatfield, and were present. made one out in due form; and as I sat down in a bustle, the same as I do when one of the clerks brings a deed for [HC 6:409] me to sign, read it. I said ‘I can’t swear to that affidavit; I don’t believe it; tear up that paper’. Mr. Simpson agreed to come before Badham and make it up. I did not swear to it. After a while and others came in; they called me up to testify. I told it all the same as I do here. Mr. Simpson rode up, and asked, ‘do you believe now that I am the man who stabbed Mr. Badham?’ I replied, ‘no sir; I do not now, nor ever did; the magistrate says I did not swear to it’. He considered, and made a public declaration that he was satisfied with me. went before the Grand Jury, and swore that I did not swear to it, when goes and swears that I swore to it, and that he was in the room when he was not in. wanted me to stay and have a conversation. asked for the writ and affidavit; he handed them to who read them, and then threw them into the fire. I said, ‘, you ought not to have burned it, it was my paper’; goes to the Grand Jury and swears he did not burn only one; but I say he burnt both. This is a fair sample of the swearing that is going on against me.
“The last discharge was the 40th, now the 41st, 42nd, 43rd, all through falsehood. Matters of fact are as profitable as the gospel, and which I can prove; you will then know who are liars, and who speak the truth. I want to retain your friendship on holy grounds. Another indictment has been got up against me; it appears a holy prophet has arisen up, and he has testified against me; the reason is he is so holy. The Lord knows I do not care how many churches are in the world; as many as believe me, may; if the doctrine that I preach is true, the tree must be good. I have prophesied things that have come to pass, and can still. Inasmuch as there is a new church, this must be the old, and of course we ought to be set down as orthodox; from henceforth let all the churches now no longer persecute orthodoxy. I never built upon any other man’s ground. I never told the old Catholic that he was a fallen true prophet. God knows then the charges against me are false. I had not been married scarcely five minutes, and made one proclamation of the gospel before it was reported that I had seven wives. I mean to live and proclaim the truth as long as I can. This new holy prophet () has gone to and swore that I had told him that I was guilty of adultery. This spiritual wifeism! why a man dares not speak or wink, for fear of being accused of this. testified before forty policemen, and the assembly room full of witnesses, that he testified under oath, that he [p. 59]
May 26 Such a one I am bound to obey any how. Said he, ‘I want a warrant against the man who stabbed brother Badham’; he said it was a man who boarded at Davis’; he said it was Mr. Simpson— it answered his description. I said I had no jurisdiction out of the . He said the man must be arrested, or else he will go away. I told him, ‘you must go to Squire , , or .’ Mr. Lytle stepped up and said ‘I am a policeman’. I jumped into my carriage and away I went. When I came back I met . He said, ‘you did wrong in arresting Mr. Simpson’. I told him I did not do it. I went over and sat down, and related the circumstances. He turned round and said, ‘Mr.Smith, I have nothing against you; I am satisfied’. He went and supped with me. He declared in the presence of witnesses that he had nothing against me. I then said ‘I will go over to , and testify what the englishman told me’. I told him not to make out that I believe he is the man, but that I believe he is innocent. I don’t want to swear that he is the man. , , Hatfield, and were present. made one out in due form; and as I sat down in a bustle, the same as I do when one of the clerks brings a deed for [HC 6:409] me to sign, read it. I said ‘I can’t swear to that affidavit; I don’t believe it; tear up that paper’. Mr. Simpson agreed to come before Badham and make it up. I did not swear to it. After a while and others came in; they called me up to testify. I told it all the same as I do here. Mr. Simpson rode up, and asked, ‘do you believe now that I am the man who stabbed Mr. Badham?’ I replied, ‘no sir; I do not now, nor ever did; the magistrate says I did not swear to it’. He considered, and made a public declaration that he was satisfied with me. went before the Grand Jury, and swore that I did not swear to it, when goes and swears that I swore to it, and that he was in the room when he was not in. wanted me to stay and have a conversation. asked for the writ and affidavit; he handed them to who read them, and then threw them into the fire. I said, ‘, you ought not to have burned it, it was my paper’; goes to the Grand Jury and swears he did not burn only one; but I say he burnt both. This is a fair sample of the swearing that is going on against me.
“The last discharge was the 40th, now the 41st, 42nd, 43rd, all through falsehood. Matters of fact are as profitable as the gospel, and which I can prove; you will then know who are liars, and who speak the truth. I want to retain your friendship on holy grounds. Another indictment has been got up against me; it appears a holy prophet has arisen up, and he has testified against me; the reason is he is so holy. The Lord knows I do not care how many churches are in the world; as many as believe me, may; if the doctrine that I preach is true, the tree must be good. I have prophesied things that have come to pass, and can still. Inasmuch as there is a new church, this must be the old, and of course we ought to be set down as orthodox; from henceforth let all the churches now no longer persecute orthodoxy. I never built upon any other man’s ground. I never told the old Catholic that he was a fallen true prophet. God knows then the charges against me are false. I had not been married scarcely five minutes, and made one proclamation of the gospel before it was reported that I had seven wives. I mean to live and proclaim the truth as long as I can. This new holy prophet () has gone to and swore that I had told him that I was guilty of adultery. This spiritual wifeism! why a man dares not speak or wink, for fear of being accused of this. testified before forty policemen, and the assembly room full of witnesses, that he testified under oath, that he [p. 59]
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