John Taylor, Martyrdom Account

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; but I do not consider myself safe here.
I am in hopes that you will be acquitted; but if I go I will certainly take you along; I do not however apprehend danger. I think you are perfectly safe, either here or any where else. I cannot however interfere with the law. I am placed in peculiar circumstances, and seem to be blamed by all parties.
Joseph Smith. , I ask nothing but what is legal, I have a right to expect protection, at least from you, for independent of law you have pledged your faith, and that of the for my protection, and I wish to go to .
And you shall have protection, Genl. Smith. I did not make this promise without consulting my officers, who all pledged their honor’s to its fulfilment. I do not know that I shall go tomorrow to ; but if I do I will take you along.
at 1/4 past 10 O’Clock the left.
At about 1/2 past 12 O’Clock , one of Joseph’s counsel came in apparently very much elated, he stated that, “upon an examination of the law, he found that the Magistrate had transcended his jurisdicti[on] and that [2 words illegible] committed them without exam[ination] his jurisdiction ended, that he had him upon [illegible] hook; that he ought to have examined them [before?] he committed them, and that having violated [the?] law in this particular, he had no further [power?] over th[em]; for once committed they were [out of?] his jurisdiction, as the power of the M[agistrate?] extended no further than their committal [3 words illegible] now they could <​not​> be brought out exce[pt] [3 words illegible] [p. 42]
; but I do not consider myself safe here.
I am in hopes that you will be acquitted; but if I go I will certainly take you along; I do not however apprehend danger. I think you are perfectly safe, either here or any where else. I cannot however interfere with the law. I am placed in peculiar circumstances, and seem to be blamed by all parties.
Joseph Smith. , I ask nothing but what is legal, I have a right to expect protection, at least from you, for independent of law you have pledged your faith, and that of the for my protection, and I wish to go to .
And you shall have protection, Genl. Smith. I did not make this promise without consulting my officers, who all pledged their honor’s to its fulfilment. I do not know that I shall go tomorrow to ; but if I do I will take you along.
at 1/4 past 10 O’Clock the left.
At about 1/2 past 12 O’Clock , one of Joseph’s counsel came in apparently very much elated, he stated that, “upon an examination of the law, he found that the Magistrate had transcended his jurisdiction and that committed them without examination his jurisdiction ended, that he had him upon hook; that he ought to have examined them [before] he committed them, and that having violated [the] law in this particular, he had no further [power] over them; for once committed they were [out of] his jurisdiction, as the power of the Magistrate extended no further than their committal now they could not be brought out except [p. 42]
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