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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 26​> never had heard, or seen, or knew anything immoral or criminal against me. He testified [HC 6:410] under oath that he was my friend, and not the Brutus. There was a cogitation who was the Brutus. I had not prophesied against He swore under oath that he was satisfied that he was ready to lay down his life for me; and now he swears that I have committed adultery. I wish the Grand Jury would tell me who they are; whether it will be a curse or blessing to me. I am quite tired of the fools asking me. A man asked me whether the commandment was given that a man may have seven wives; and now the new prophet has charged me with adultery. I never had any fuss with these men until that Female Relief Society brought out the paper against adulterers and adulteresses. was invited into the Laws’ clique, and and the clique were dissatisfied with that document, and they rush away and leave the church; and conspire to take away my life; and because I will not countenance such wickedness, they proclaim that I have been a true prophet, but that I am now a fallen prophet.
has committed murder, robbery, and perjury, and I can prove it by half a dozen witnesses. got up and said ‘by God he is innocent’; and now swears that I am guilty; he threatened my life. There is another , not the prophet, who was cashiered for dishonesty and robbing the government. also swears that I told him I was guilty of adultery. Brother can swear to the contrary. I have been chained; I have rattled chains before in a dungeon for the truth’s sake. I am innocent all these charges, and you can bear witness of my innocence; for you know me yourselves. When I love the poor, I ask no favors of the rich. I can go to the cross— I can lay down my life; but don’t forsake me. I want the friendship of my brethren. Let us teach the things of Jesus Christ. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a downfall. Be meek and lowly, upright and pure; render good for evil; if you bring on yourselves your own destruction I will complain. It is not right for a man to bear down his neck to the oppressor always. Be humble and patient in all circumstances of life; we shall then triumph more gloriously. What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing <​adultery​> and having seven wives when I can only find one.
“I am the same man, and as innocent as I was fourteen years ago, and I can prove them all perjurers. I labored with these apostates myself until I was out of all manner of patience; and then I sent my brother , whom they virtually kicked out of doors. I then sent Mr Backenstos, when they declared that they were my enemies. I told Mr Backenstos that he might tell the Laws if they had any cause against me, I would go before the church, and confess it [HC 6:411] to the world. He was summoned time and again, but he refused to come. and know that I speak the truth. I cite you to , Esquires and , brother Hatfield and others for the truth of what I have said. I have said this to let my friends know that I am right. As I grow older my heart grows tenderer for you. I am at all times willing to give up every thing that is wrong, for I wish this people to have a virtuous leader. I have set your minds at liberty by letting you know the things of Christ Jesus. When I shrink not from your defence, will you throw me away for a new man who slanders you? I love you for your reception of me. Have I asked you for your money? No, you know better; I appeal to the poor. I say cursed be that man or woman who says that I have taken of your money unjustly. will address you. I have nothing in my heart but good feelings.” [p. 60]
May 26 never had heard, or seen, or knew anything immoral or criminal against me. He testified [HC 6:410] under oath that he was my friend, and not the Brutus. There was a cogitation who was the Brutus. I had not prophesied against He swore under oath that he was satisfied that he was ready to lay down his life for me; and now he swears that I have committed adultery. I wish the Grand Jury would tell me who they are; whether it will be a curse or blessing to me. I am quite tired of the fools asking me. A man asked me whether the commandment was given that a man may have seven wives; and now the new prophet has charged me with adultery. I never had any fuss with these men until that Female Relief Society brought out the paper against adulterers and adulteresses. was invited into the Laws’ clique, and and the clique were dissatisfied with that document, and they rush away and leave the church; and conspire to take away my life; and because I will not countenance such wickedness, they proclaim that I have been a true prophet, but that I am now a fallen prophet.
has committed murder, robbery, and perjury, and I can prove it by half a dozen witnesses. got up and said ‘by God he is innocent’; and now swears that I am guilty; he threatened my life. There is another , not the prophet, who was cashiered for dishonesty and robbing the government. also swears that I told him I was guilty of adultery. Brother can swear to the contrary. I have been chained; I have rattled chains before in a dungeon for the truth’s sake. I am innocent all these charges, and you can bear witness of my innocence; for you know me yourselves. When I love the poor, I ask no favors of the rich. I can go to the cross— I can lay down my life; but don’t forsake me. I want the friendship of my brethren. Let us teach the things of Jesus Christ. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a downfall. Be meek and lowly, upright and pure; render good for evil; if you bring on yourselves your own destruction I will complain. It is not right for a man to bear down his neck to the oppressor always. Be humble and patient in all circumstances of life; we shall then triumph more gloriously. What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery and having seven wives when I can only find one.
“I am the same man, and as innocent as I was fourteen years ago, and I can prove them all perjurers. I labored with these apostates myself until I was out of all manner of patience; and then I sent my brother , whom they virtually kicked out of doors. I then sent Mr Backenstos, when they declared that they were my enemies. I told Mr Backenstos that he might tell the Laws if they had any cause against me, I would go before the church, and confess it [HC 6:411] to the world. He was summoned time and again, but he refused to come. and know that I speak the truth. I cite you to , Esquires and , brother Hatfield and others for the truth of what I have said. I have said this to let my friends know that I am right. As I grow older my heart grows tenderer for you. I am at all times willing to give up every thing that is wrong, for I wish this people to have a virtuous leader. I have set your minds at liberty by letting you know the things of Christ Jesus. When I shrink not from your defence, will you throw me away for a new man who slanders you? I love you for your reception of me. Have I asked you for your money? No, you know better; I appeal to the poor. I say cursed be that man or woman who says that I have taken of your money unjustly. will address you. I have nothing in my heart but good feelings.” [p. 60]
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