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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to speak in his defence, & said he was a republican, several rushed up to<​wards​> him and stop[p]ed him, telling him if he had any thing to say in favour of the Presidency, he might say it— but he should say nothing against them.— and that was their republicanism— Joseph Smith Jr, , & , who compose the first Presidency were there— It was observed in the meeting, that if any person spoke against the Presidency, they would hand them <​him​> over into the hands of the “brother of Gideon,” I knew not at the time who or what it meant, shortly after that I was at another meeting where they were trying several, the first Presidency being present— was chief spokesman— the object of the meeting seemed to be, to make persons confess their and repent of their Sins to God & the Presidency— and arraigned them for giving false accounts of their money & effects they had on hands— and <​they said​> wherever they found one guilty of these things they were to be handed over to the “brother of Gideon” several were found guilty & handed over as they said— I yet did not know what was meant by this expression, “the brother of Gideon.”
Not a great while after this, secret or private meetings were held, I endeavoured to find out what they were, and I learned from and others, they were forming a secret society called Danites— formerly called gideonites the brother of Gideon— In the meeting above [p. [86]]
to speak in his defence, & said he was a republican, several rushed up towards him and stopped him, telling him if he had any thing to say in favour of the Presidency, he might say it— but he should say nothing against them.— and that was their republicanism— Joseph Smith Jr, , & , who compose the first Presidency were there— It was observed in the meeting, that if any person spoke against the Presidency, they would hand him over into the hands of the “brother of Gideon,” I knew not at the time who or what it meant, shortly after that I was at another meeting where they were trying several, the first Presidency being present— was chief spokesman— the object of the meeting seemed to be, to make persons confess and repent of their Sins to God & the Presidency— and arraigned them for giving false accounts of their money & effects they had on hands— and they said wherever they found one guilty of these things they were to be handed over to the “brother of Gideon” several were found guilty & handed over as they said— I yet did not know what was meant by this expression, “the brother of Gideon.”
Not a great while after this, secret or private meetings were held, I endeavoured to find out what they were, and I learned from and others, they were forming a secret society called Danites— formerly called the brother of Gideon— In the meeting above [p. [86]]
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