History, circa 1841, fair copy

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the arguments of the prosecution and in a masterly and able manner convinced the court of thire utter futility and inapplicability inapplication
They then proceeded to scrutinize the testimony and each thanked God that he was engaged in such a good cause inasmuch as they were defending a man whose character stood the test of such a strict examination.
In fact these men although not regular Lawyers were able to put to silence two able Lawyers and convince the court of the innocense of their client. They spoke like men inspired from on high and those arrayed against me trembled and quailed before them like criminals at the bar of justice
The majority of the multitud now began to find that nothing could be sustained against me and even the constable who arrested me came and apologised, asking my forgivness for the wrongs he had done me.
He informed me that the mob were determined, if the court acquitted me to take justice into their own hands or in other words tar and feather and ride me on a rail but that he would lead me out in safety by a private way.
I was at length acquitted by the court to the great satisfaction of my friends and disappointment of my enemies. Through the instrumentality of my new friend the constable I escaped the hands of a ruthless and cowardly mob and arrived safely at my home. In this transaction talent as well as civil and moral power aided by physical force were brought in array against me to blast my reputation and a member of society— to convince community of the falsity and dangerous tendencies of the doctrines I taught yet the results were such as to convince the publick that I sustained an unimpeachable moral character and the honest in heart that I was no fanatick that my doctrines were those of the Apostles and ancient christians [p. 80]
the arguments of the prosecution and in a masterly and able manner convinced the court of thire utter futility and inapplication
They then proceeded to scrutinize the testimony and each thanked God that he was engaged in such a good cause inasmuch as they were defending a man whose character stood the test of such a strict examination.
In fact these men although not regular Lawyers were able to put to silence two able Lawyers and convince the court of the innocense of their client. They spoke like men inspired from on high and those arrayed against me trembled and quailed before them like criminals at the bar of justice
The majority of the multitud now began to find that nothing could be sustained against me and even the constable who arrested me came and apologised, asking my forgivness for the wrongs he had done me.
He informed me that the mob were determined, if the court acquitted me to take justice into their own hands or in other words tar and feather and ride me on a rail but that he would lead me out in safety by a private way.
I was at length acquitted by the court to the great satisfaction of my friends and disappointment of my enemies. Through the instrumentality of my new friend the constable I escaped the hands of a ruthless and cowardly mob and arrived safely home. In this transaction talent as well as civil and moral power aided by physical force were brought in array against me to blast my reputation and a member of society— to convince community of the falsity and dangerous tendencies of the doctrines I taught yet the results were such as to convince the publick that I sustained an unimpeachable moral character and the honest in heart that I was no fanatick that my doctrines were those of the Apostles and ancient christians [p. 80]
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