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History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

from laying violent hands upon us, and so long as they chose to stay, we were obliged to answer them various unprofitable questions, and bear with insults and threatenings without number.
We had appointed a meeting for this evening, for the purpose of attending to the confirmation

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were administered at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March...

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of those who had been the same morning baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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; the time appointed had arrived, and our friends had nearly all collected together, when to my surprise, I was visited by a constable, and arrested by him on a warrant, on charge of being a disorderly person; of setting the country in an uproar by preaching the Book of Mormon, &c &c. The Constable informed me (soon after I had been arrested) that the plan of those who had got out the warrant, was to get me into the hands of the mob, who were now lying in ambush for me; but that he was determined to save me from them, as he had found me to be a different sort of person from what I had been represented to him. I soon found that he had told me the truth in this matter, for not far from Mr Knight

3 Nov. 1772–2 Feb. 1847. Farmer, miller. Born at Oakham, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Benjamin Knight and Sarah Crouch. Lived at Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont, by 1780. Married first Polly Peck, 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge...

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’s house, the waggon in which we had set out; was surrounded by the mob, who seemed only to await some signal from the Constable; but to their great disappointment— he gave the horse the whip and drove me out of their reach. Whilst driving in great haste, one of the waggon wheels came off, which left us, once more, very nearly surrounded by them, as they had came on, in close pursuit; however we managed to replace the wheel and, again left them behind us. He drove on to the Town of South Bainbridge Chenango County, where he lodged me for the time being, in an upper room of a Tavern, and in order that all might be right with himself and with me also, he slept during the night with his feet against the door, and a loaded musket by his side, whilst I occupied a bed which was in the room, he having declared that if we were interrupted unlawfully, that he would fight for me, and defend me as far as in his power.
On the day following a court was convened for the purpose of investigating those charges which had been preferred against me, A great excitement prevailed on account of the scandalous falsehoods which had been circulated, the nature of which will appear in the sequel.
In the mean time, my friend, Joseph Knight Sr.

3 Nov. 1772–2 Feb. 1847. Farmer, miller. Born at Oakham, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Benjamin Knight and Sarah Crouch. Lived at Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont, by 1780. Married first Polly Peck, 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge...

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, had repaired to two of his neighbours viz: James Davidson

Ca. 1779–9 June 1847. Farmer. Likely born in Guilford, Cumberland Co., New York (later in Windham Co., Vermont). Son of James Davidson and Lydia Wetherbee. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Tioga Co., New York, as early as 1797. Married Betsey. Died in...

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and John Reid Esqrs, (respectable farmers; men renowned for their integrity, and well versed in the laws of their country,) and retained them on my behalf during my trial. At length the trial commenced amidst a multitude of spectators who in general evinced a belief that I was guilty of all that had been reported concerning me, and of course were very zealous, that I should be punished according to my crimes. Among many witnesses called up against me, was Mr Josiah Stoal Stowell

22 Mar. 1770–12 May 1844. Farmer, sawmill owner. Born in Winchester, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Stowell and Mary Butler. Member of Presbyterian church. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, 1791. Married Miriam Bridgeman...

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(of whom I have made mention, as having worked for him some time) and examined to the following effect.— Q— Did not the prisoner Joseph Smith have a horse of you? Ansr Yes. Q— Did not he go to you and tell you, that an angel had appeared unto him, and authorised him to get [p. 44]
from laying violent hands upon us, and so long as they chose to stay, we were  obliged to answer them various unprofitable questions, and bear with  insults and threatenings without number.
We had appointed a meeting for this evening, for  the purpose of attending to the confirmation

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were administered at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March...

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of those who had been the same  morning baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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; the time appointed had arrived, and our friends had nearly  all collected together, when to my surprise, I was visited by a constable, and arrested by  him on a warrant, on charge of being a disorderly person; of setting the country in  an uproar by preaching the Book of Mormon, &c &c. The Constable informed me  (soon after I had been arrested) that the plan of those who had got out the warrant, was  to get me into the hands of the mob, who were now lying in ambush for me; but that he  was determined to save me from them, as he had found me to be a different sort of person  from what I had been represented to him. I soon found that he had told me the  truth in this matter, for not far from Mr Knight

3 Nov. 1772–2 Feb. 1847. Farmer, miller. Born at Oakham, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Benjamin Knight and Sarah Crouch. Lived at Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont, by 1780. Married first Polly Peck, 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge...

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’s house, the waggon in which we  had set out; was surrounded by the mob, who seemed only to await some signal  from the Constable; but to their great disappointment— he gave the horse the whip  and drove me out of their reach. Whilst driving along pretty quickly <in great haste>, one of the  waggon wheels came off, which left us, once more, very nearly surrounded by them, as  they had came on, in close pursuit; however we now managed to get <replace> the wheel on again  and, again left them behind us. He drove on to the Town of South Bainbridge  Chenango County, where he lodged me for the time being, in an upper room of a Tavern,  and in order that all might be right with himself and with me also, he slept during  the night with his feet against the door, and a loaded musket by his side, whilst I  occupied a bed which was in the room, he having declared that if we were interrupted un lawfully, that he would fight for me, and defend me as far as in his power.
On the day following a court was convened for the purpose of investigating  those charges which had been preferred against me, A great excitement prevailed  on account of the scandalous falsehoods which had been circulated, the nature of  which will come out <appear> in the sequel.
In the mean time, my friend, Joseph Knight [Sr.]

3 Nov. 1772–2 Feb. 1847. Farmer, miller. Born at Oakham, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Benjamin Knight and Sarah Crouch. Lived at Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont, by 1780. Married first Polly Peck, 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge...

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, had repaired to two of his  neighbours viz: James Davidson

Ca. 1779–9 June 1847. Farmer. Likely born in Guilford, Cumberland Co., New York (later in Windham Co., Vermont). Son of James Davidson and Lydia Wetherbee. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Tioga Co., New York, as early as 1797. Married Betsey. Died in...

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and John Reid Esqrs, (respectable farmers; men  renowned for their integrity, and well versed in the laws of their country,) and retained  them on my behalf during my trial. At <length> the trial commenced amidst a multi tude of spectators who in general evinced a belief that I was guilty of all that had been  reported concerning me, and of course were very zealous, that I should be punished  according to my crimes. Among many witnesses call<ed> up against me, was  Mr Josiah Stoal [Stowell]

22 Mar. 1770–12 May 1844. Farmer, sawmill owner. Born in Winchester, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Stowell and Mary Butler. Member of Presbyterian church. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, 1791. Married Miriam Bridgeman...

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(of whom I have made mention, as having worked for him some  time) and examined to the following effect.— Q— Did not the prisoner  Joseph Smith have a horse of you? Ansr Yes. Q— Did not he go to you and  tell you, that an angel had appeared unto him, and authorised him to get [p. 44]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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, Robert B. Thompson

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; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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