the horse from you? Ansr No, he told me no such story. Q— Well; How did had he the horse of you? Ansr He bought him of me, as another <any other> man would do. Q— Have you had your pay? Ansr That is not your business. The question being again put, the witness replied, “I hold
his note for the price of the horse, which I consider as good as the pay— for I am well acquainted with Joseph Smith Jr, and know him to be an honest man; and if he wishes I am ready to let him have another horse on the same terms”.——
Mr Jonathan Thompson was next called up, and examined— Q— Has not the prisoner, Joseph Smith Jr had a yoke of oxen of you? Ansr Yes. Q— Did he not obtain them of you by telling you that he had a revelation to the effect that he was to have them? Ansr No, He did not mention a word of the kind concerning the oxen; he purchased them,
same as another <any other> man would.
After a few more such attempts, the court was detained for a time, in order that two young women (daughters to ) with whom I had at times kept company; might be sent for, in order, if possible to elicit something from them which might be made a pretext against me. The young Ladies arrived and were severally examined, touching my character, and conduct in general but particularly as to my behaviour towards them both in publick and private, when they both bore
such testimony in my favor, as left my enemies without a pretext on their account.— Several attempts were now made to prove something against me, and even circumstances which were alleged to have taken place in were brought forward; but these, my lawyers would not here admit of <as testimony> against me, <in thi> in consequence of which, my persecutors managed to detain the court, untill they had succeeded in obtaining a warrant from , and which warrant the[y] served upon me, at the
very moment in which I had been <that I was> acquitted by this court.
The constable who served this second warrant upon me, had no sooner ar rested me, than he began to abuse and insult me, and so unfeeling was he with me, that although I had been kept all the day in court, without any thing to eat since the morning, yet he hurried me off to , a distance of about fifteen miles before he allowed me any thing <kind> of food whatever.
He took me to a tavern, and gathered in a number of men, who used every means to abuse, ridicule, and insult me. They spit upon me, pointed their fingers at me, saying prophesy, prophesy, and thus did they imitate those who crucified the Saviour of mankind, not knowing what they did. We were at this time not far distant from my own house, I wished to be allowed the privilege of spen ding the night with my at home, offering any wished for security, for my
appearance, but this was denied me. I applied for something to eat. the The Constable ordered me some crusts of bread, and water, which was the only fare <pr food> I that night received <that night>. At length we retired to bed; the constable [p. 45]