History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

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to <​a distance of fifteen miles​> without permitting me to eat anything at all He took me to a tavern and having collected a number of men commenced abusing me in in every way possible They spit upon <​me​>. pointed their fingers at me saying, ‘propecy propecy” and thus did they follow the example of those who crucified our Saviour “not knowing what they did” We were at this time not far distant from my own house and I wished to spend the night the night with my family offering any amount of security for my appearance they could ask for but this was denied me with threats and taunts. On asking for food the constable ordered some crusts of bread and cold water which was the only food <​sustenance​> I recieved that night
At length we retired to bed and the constable directed directing me to lie next to the wall and placing himself by my side put his arm around me and if I moved he would cling clinch me fast fearing that I would escape and in this disagreeable maner I spent the night
Next day I was brought before the Magistrate Court of and put upon my trial
My former faithful friends again appeared at the bar in my behalf while my former enemies were still arrayed against me Many witness were call examined some of whom swore to the most palpable falsehoods but <​and​> like those of the day previous and contradicted themselves so often and so pointedly pointedly that the court was compelled to see the dishonesty and intriegue and injustice of my persecutors and influence <​it​> them to prohibit the admittance of their testimony
Others evincd their zeal and desire to convict me of something but all they could do was to tell someth[i]ng that some some other persons had Said
At length was examined by <​assisted by one Burch​> who had been especially sent for on this occasion and <​he ​> being the more zealous sectarian of the two seemed determined to put a stop to my [p. 78]
to a distance of fifteen miles without permitting me to eat anything He took me to a tavern and having collected a number of men commenced abusing me in every way possible They spit upon me. pointed their fingers at me saying, ‘propecy propecy” and thus did they follow the example of those who crucified our Saviour “not knowing what they did” We were at this time not far distant from my own house and I wished to spend the night with my family offering any amount of security for my appearance they could ask for but this was denied me with threats and taunts. On asking for food the constable ordered some crusts of bread and cold water which was the only sustenance I recieved that night
At length we retired to bed the constable directing me to lie next to the wall and placing himself by my side put his arm around me and if I moved he would clinch me fast fearing that I would escape and in this disagreeable maner I spent the night
Next day I was brought before the Magistrate Court of and put upon my trial
My former faithful friends again appeared at the bar in my behalf while my former enemies were still arrayed against me Many witness were examined some of whom swore to the most palpable falsehoods and like those of the day previous contradicted themselves so often and so pointedly that the court was compelled to see the intriegue and injustice of my persecutors and influence it to prohibit the admittance of their testimony
Others evincd their zeal and desire to convict me of something but all they could do was to tell something that other persons had Said
At length was examined by assisted by one Burch who had been especially sent for on this occasion and he being the more zealous sectarian of the two seemed determined to put a stop to my [p. 78]
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