History Draft [6 August 1838–30 December 1839]

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<​24 <​25​>​> started to face the Superior Judges, <​& get writs of Habaes corpus​>, & rode <​after rid[i]ng​> hundreds of miles to effect their obje[c]t; but to could <​which they​> not suceed, and retund [returned] to about the 2[nd] <​4[th]​> of april <​during their absence I continu[e]d my Epistle as follows to the as follows.— We continued (0) .​>.
4 April 1839 • Thursday
<​April <​2​> <​April— 4​>​> They called on who was mad at their having reported the case to the . & said he <​he​> could have done all the business for you p[r]operly if they <​you​> had gone <​come​> to him <​me​>, & <​I​> would have sign[e]d the petiti[o]ns for all execpt [except] Joe [Joseph Smith Jr.]. & he was <​is​> not fit to live. I told <​bid​> Bro s. & to be of good cheer. for we shall be deliv[e]red, but no arm but God can deliver us now. Told the breth[re]n to be of good cheer & get them away as fast as possible. The brethn left on their retu[r]n to ,— where they arrived
5 April 1839 • Friday
<​50. men swore to kill Jo.​> <​5​> <​4​> Friday 5th Thursday the 5th <​4th​>. <​Friday— 5— & arriv[e]d at .​> This day a company of about 50 men in swore that they “would never eat or drink until they had murder[e]d Jo Smith.” Their Capt Wm Bowman Swore in the pres[e]nce of , swore that he “would never eat or drink, after he had seen Jo Smith, until he had murdered him.”— Also 8 men, , who was county Judg[e], Dr. Loffity <​θ​> (Turly 3.) <​men​>.
<​committee.​> “The committee met April 5, (F. 6) Land.”
6 April 1839 • Saturday
<​6​> Saturday 6th. of April, evdintly [evidently] fearing a change of venue, or some movement on our part to escape his unhallowed persecution; (and most probably that expecting that we would be murder[e]d on the way) hurried myself & fellow prisoners off to , under a guard of about 10 men comma[n]ded by Samuel Tillery, Deputy Jailor of .— We were promised that we should go through , which was dire[c]tly on our route, which our fri[e]nds at that place knew, & were expect[i]ng us, but instead of fulfilli[n]g their promise they took us round the & out of the direct course 18 miles. far f[r]om habitations. where every oppo[r]tunity presented for a general massacre.
<​This ev[en]ing the committee met in council, prayer by . X. (F. 6) p[r]esent.​>
7 April 1839 • Sunday
<​7​> Sunday. 7 we continu[e]d our Travels across the prairie. while the brethren at anxious for our welfare, gave a man $30 to convey to us a letter, <​to us from <​at​> ​> & retu[r]n an answer, from
8 April 1839 • Monday
<​8​> Monday 8[th]. after a tedious jou[r]ney we arrived at in . for our long confinement, had enfeebled our bodily powers, we arriv[e]d at [p. 49]
25 started to face the Superior Judges, & get writs of Habaes corpus, & after riding hundreds of miles to effect their object; retund [returned] to about the 4[th] of april during their absence I continued my Epistle to the as follows.— We continued (0) ..
4 April 1839 • Thursday
April— 4 They called on who was mad at their having reported the case to the . & said he could have done all the business for you properly if you had come to me, & I would have signed the petitions for all execpt [except] Joe [Joseph Smith Jr.]. & he is not fit to live. I bid Bro s. & to be of good cheer. for we shall be delivered, but no arm but God can deliver us now. Told the brethren to be of good cheer & get them away as fast as possible. The brethn left on their return to ,—
5 April 1839 • Friday
50. men swore to kill Jo. 5 . Friday— 5— & arrived at . This day a company of about 50 men in swore that they “would never eat or drink until they had murdered Jo Smith.” Their Capt Wm Bowman Swore in the presence of , that he “would never eat or drink, after he had seen Jo Smith, until he had murdered him.”— Also 8 men, , who was county Judge, Dr. Loffity θ (Turly 3.) men.
committee. “The committee met April 5, (F. 6) Land.”
6 April 1839 • Saturday
6 Saturday 6th. of April, evdintly [evidently] fearing a change of venue, or some movement on our part to escape his unhallowed persecution; (and most probably expecting that we would be murdered on the way) hurried myself & fellow prisoners off to , under a guard of about 10 men commanded by Samuel Tillery, Deputy Jailor of .— We were promised that we should go through , which was directly on our route, which our friends at that place knew, & were expecting us, but instead of fulfilling their promise they took us round the & out of the direct course 18 miles. far from habitations. where every opportunity presented for a general massacre.
This evening the committee met in council, prayer by . X. (F. 6) present.
7 April 1839 • Sunday
7 Sunday. 7 we continued our Travels across the prairie. while the brethren at anxious for our welfare, gave a man $30 to convey a letter, to us at & return an answer, —
8 April 1839 • Monday
8 Monday 8[th]. after a tedious journey for our long confinement, had enfeebled our bodily powers, we arrived [p. 49]
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