Religion 1 - AA 1844 HISTORY OF THE CHURCH 409 of Adam A...

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Unformatted text preview: AA). 1844] HISTORY OF THE CHURCH. 409 of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me, Neither Paul. John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man evhr did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet. You know my daily walk and conversation. I am in the bosom of a virtuous and good people. How I do love to hear the wolves howl! When they can get rid of me, the devil will also go. For the last three years I have a record of all my acts and proceedings. for I have kept several good. faithful. and eficient clerks in constant employ: they have accompanied me everywhere, and carefully kept my history, and they have written down what I have done, where I have been, and what I have said; therefore my enemies cannot charge me with any day, time, or place, but what I have written testimony to prove my actions; and my enemies cannot prove anything against me. They have got wonderful things in the land of Ham. I think the grand jury have strained at a goat and swallowed the camel. A man named Simpson says I made an affidavit against him, &c. Mr, Simpson says I arrested him. I never arrested Mr. Simpson in my life. He says I made an aifidavit against him. I never made an aflldavit against him in my life. I will prove it in court. I will tell you how it was: Last winter I got ready with my children to go to the farm to kill hogs. Orrin P. Rockwell was going to drive. An Englishman came in and wanted a private conversation with me. I told him I did not want any private conversations. "I demand one of you! ” Such a one I am bound to obey anyhow. Said he—"I want a warrant against the man who stabbed Brother Badham. He said it was a man who boarded at Davis’. He said it was Mr. Simpson—it answered his description. I said I had no jurisdiction out of the city. He said—“The man must be arrested. or else he will go away.” I told him—"You must go to Squire Wells, Johnson, or Foster." Mr. Lytle stepped up and said—“I am a policeman." I jumped into my carriage. and away I went. When I came back I met Mr. Jackson. He said—"You did wrong in arreating Mr. Simpson.” I told him I did not do it. I went over and sat down, and related the circumstances. He turned round and said— “Mr. Smith, I have nothing against you; 1 am satisfied.” He went and cupped with me. He declared in the presence of witnesses.that he had nothing against me. [then said -"I will go over to Esquire Johnson, and testify what the Englishman told me.” I told him not to make out that I believe he is the man. but that I believe he is innocent. I don't want to swear that heis the man. Messrs. Coolidge, Rockwell. Hatfield. and Hawes were present. Mr. Johnson made one [a complaint] out in due form: and as I sat down in a bustle the same as Ido when one of the clerks brings a deed for ...
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