John Taylor, Martyrdom Account

  • Source Note
Page 3
image
sit with closed doors. , although councillor to Joseph, was found to be his most bitter foe and maligner, and to hold illicit intercourse contrary to all law, in his own house with a Young Lady resident with him & it was afterwards proved that he had conspired with some Missourians to take Joseph Smith’s life, and was only prevented by s, who was on guard, at his house, and prevented the assassins from seeing him. Yet, although having murder in his heart, his manners were generally courteous and mild, and he was well calculated to deceive.
General was cut off <​for​> seduction, falsehood and defamation, both the above were also court marshalled by the & expelled.
was also cut off from the , probably <​I believe​> for dishonesty, fraud and falsehood. for I know he was eminently guilty of the whole; but whether these were the specific charges, or there were others substituted <​not​>, I don’t know; but I do know that he was a notoriously wicked and corrupt man.
Besides the above characters and their mormonic apostates; there were other three parties. The first of these may be called Religionists, the second Politicians, and the third Counterfeiters, Blacklegs, Horse thieves and Cutthroats.
The Religious party were chagrinned and maddened, because Mormonism came in contact with their religion, and they could not oppose it from the Scriptures; and thus like the ancient Jews when enraged at the exibition of their follies and hypocrisies, by Jesus and His [p. 3]
sit with closed doors. , although councillor to Joseph, was found to be his most bitter foe and maligner, and to hold illicit intercourse contrary to all law, in his own house with a Young Lady resident with him & it was afterwards proved that he had conspired with some Missourians to take Joseph Smith’s life, and was only prevented by , who was on guard, at his house, and prevented the assassins from seeing him. Yet, although having murder in his heart, his manners were generally courteous and mild, and he was well calculated to deceive.
General was cut off for seduction, falsehood and defamation, both the above were also court marshalled by the & expelled.
was also cut off from the , I believe for dishonesty, fraud and falsehood. I know he was eminently guilty of the whole; but whether these were the specific charges, or not, I don’t know; but I do know that he was a notoriously wicked and corrupt man.
Besides the above characters and their mormonic apostates; there were other three parties. The first of these may be called Religionists, the second Politicians, and the third Counterfeiters, Blacklegs, Horse thieves and Cutthroats.
The Religious party were chagrinned and maddened, because Mormonism came in contact with their religion, and they could not oppose it from the Scriptures; and thus like the ancient Jews when enraged at the exibition of their follies and hypocrisies, by Jesus and His [p. 3]
Page 3