History draft; handwriting of Jonathan Grimshaw, , , James Ure, and Robert L. Campbell; 76 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 January 1844 to 21 June 1844.
Saturday, May 25th. At home, keeping out of the way of the expected arrests <writs> from . Towards evening and of the Grand Jury returned from ; also Marshal and , who informed me, there were two indictments found against me, one <charging me with> for false swearing on the testimony of & , and one for <charging me with> Polygamy or something else, on the testimony of that I had told him so! the particulars of which I shall learn hereafter. There was much false swearing before the Grand Jury. swore very <so> hard that I had received stolen property &c, but <that> his testimony was rejected. At 2 P M., I heard that came had come into the ; I therefore instructed the officers to arrest him for threatening to take life &c.
I had a long talk with , my brother , , , , , and others, and concluded not to keep out of the way of the officers any longer.
At 2 P. M, I was in council in my north room, and heard the letters from read, and instructed to write an answer which he did as follows:— “ Esq. (see file) last information.” ¶I also made arrangements withto resigned the office of Post-Master, <of ,> in my favor and recommended me as his successor.
<The “Maid of Iowa” arrived at 5 P. M.>
The having directed the following testimony to be published in the Neighbor, I copy it:— <with the Editor’s remarks * <* to shew the character of the men who are now seeking to destroy my life, and usefulness, and overthrow the work of the Lord which he has commenced thro my instrumentality>> “Testimony of Margaret J. Nyman (<see> page 227) disappointments.” <(leave a few lines for comments)>
A <two days’> was held in <New York> at 10 A M. present 300 saints, 150 of whom had embraced the gospel since last autumn. 9 were represented, Containing 289 Members, 16 Elders, 8 & 1 . An immense concourse of people assembled to hear the Elders preach. Elder was president & , Clerk.
A <three days’> Conference <was held> at Dresden, Weakley County, Tennessee. Elder A[braham] O. Smoot was chosen president & D. P. Raney Secretary. A large congregation assembled, but the [p. 47]