History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​about this time we were over against my own house, I wished to be allowed to go to home for the night <​offering security for safety—​> but would not [illegible].​> He then took me to a Tavern, and gathered in a number of men who used every means to abuse, ridicule, and insult me. They spit upon me, pointed their fingers at me, saying to me, prophesy prophesy, and in many <​others​> ways did the[y] insult me. I applied for some thing to eat, The constable ordered me some crusts of bread and some water which was the only fare I that night received; and I at length got some respite from my persecutors, being furnished with a bed in the second story of the house, At length the constable and I retired to bed, he made me lie next the wall, and he lay down beside me, and lest I might escape, he <​and​> put his arms around me, and upon my moving in the least, would clench me fast, fearing I intended to escape from him. Burch, a lawyer for the prosecution
Next day I was brought before the Magis<​trates​> Court of , and put upon my trial. My former, faithful friends and lawyers were again at my side, my former persecutors were again arrayed against me. Among the latter was one a zealous professor and advocate of the presbyterian creed,) who had made himself conspicuous against me; and had been all along <​both​> during the former and present trial. Many witnesses were again called up forward and examined. Some of whom swore to the most palpable falsehoods, and like to the false witnesses which had appeared against me on the former trial, they condradicted themselves, so plainly that the court would not admit their testimony, and after using Others were called who proved <​showed​> by their zeal that they were willing enough to prove something against me, but all they could do, was to prove tell somethings which some body else had told them, in this frivolous and vexatious manner did they proceed for a considerable [p. [19]]
about this time we were over against my own house, I wished to be allowed to go home for the night offering security for safety— but would not . He then took me to a Tavern, and gathered in a number of men who used every means to abuse, ridicule, and insult me. They spit upon me, pointed their fingers at me, saying to me, prophesy prophesy, and in many other ways did they insult me. I applied for some thing to eat, The constable ordered me some crusts of bread and some water which was the only fare I that night received; At length the constable and I retired to bed, he made me lie next the wall, and he lay down beside me, and put his arms around me, and upon my moving in the least, would clench me fast, fearing I intended to escape from him. Burch, a lawyer for the prosecution
Next day I was brought before the Magistrates Court of , and put upon my trial. My former, faithful friends and lawyers were again at my side, my former persecutors were again arrayed against me. Many witnesses were again called forward and examined. Some of whom swore to the most palpable falsehoods, and like to the false witnesses which had appeared against me on the former trial, they condradicted themselves, so plainly that the court would not admit their testimony, Others were called who showed by their zeal that they were willing enough to prove something against me, but all they could do, was to tell somethings which some body else had told them, in this frivolous and vexatious manner did they proceed for a considerable [p. [19]]
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