Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838 [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Robert Snodgrass, a witness produced, sworn and examined for the State, deposeth and saith:
Two or three months ago, I heard Joseph Smith Jr. say in , That the time had now come that the Saints should <​rise &​> take the kingdom, by the sworn <​and they should​> do it by the <​sword of the​> Spirit, and if not, by the sword of power, and further said that they had been trampled on and abused as long as the Lord required it. was present, and said in refference to the dissenters, that if they did not take a hand with them they would set the gideonites upon them, & have them bounding over the plains. he further heard them say that their church should over <​was that​> Kingdom spoken of by Daniel that should overcome all other Kingdoms— but I <​never​> heard heard Jos Smith Jr and further this deponent saith not
Robert Snodgrass
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George Walters, a witness produced, sworn, and examined for the State deposeth & saith:
Soon after the dissenters were driven away, from , I was in in s store, <​perhaps the last of June last​> & heard Jos Smith Jr say that he believed Mahommet was an inspired man, and had done a great deal of good, & that he intended to take the same <​course​> Mahommed did— that if the people would let him alone he would after a while die a natural death, but if they did not. he would make it one gore of blood from the rocky Mountains to <​the​> State of , he further said that he would <​had​>, or would have (the witness does not remember which) as good <​regular​> an inquisition as ever was established, and, as good a [p. [35]]
Robert Snodgrass, a witness produced, sworn and examined for the State, deposeth and saith:
Two or three months ago, I heard Joseph Smith Jr. say in , That the time had now come that the Saints should rise & take the kingdom, and they should do it by the sword of the Spirit, and if not, by the sword of power, and further said that they had been trampled on and abused as long as the Lord required it. was present, and said in refference to the dissenters, that if they did not take a hand with them they would set the gideonites upon them, & have them bounding over the plains. he further heard them say that their church was that Kingdom spoken of by Daniel that should overcome all other Kingdoms— and further this deponent saith not
Robert Snodgrass
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George Walter, a witness produced, sworn, and examined for the State deposeth & saith:
Soon after the dissenters were driven away, from , I was in in s store, perhaps the last of June last & heard Jos Smith Jr say that he believed Mahommet was an inspired man, and had done a great deal of good, & that he intended to take the same course Mahommed did— that if the people would let him alone he would after a while die a natural death, but if they did not. he would make it one gore of blood from the rocky Mountains to the State of , he further said that he had, or would have (the witness does not remember which) as regular an inquisition as ever was established, and, as good a [p. [35]]
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