this minority only wished
them to continue in offioe [office] a little longer, or until Joseph Smith jr. came up.
saints as sembled, agreeable to appointment, on the 6th inst.
when they unanimously rejected the .
Also, on the 7th,
the saints assembled at
agreeable to appointment, where the above named presidents were unan imously
Also, on the 8th,
at Nahom Curts’ [Nahum Curtis’s]
dwell ing house, they
were unanimously rejected by the assembly.
Also, at Hauns’
mill, on the 9th,
the Saints unanimously rejected them.
At a meeting of the , the , Feb. 10, 1838,
it was moved, seconded and carried, that , and ,
stand no longer as Chairmen and Clerk, to sign and record liscences.
Also, voted that and be
authorized to attend to said business for the time being.
Also, voted that and be
Presidents, pro tempore, of the in , or until Presidents J. Smith Jr. and arrives
in the land of .
Beloved Brother Joseph:
You will see by the above, that quite a change has taken place among
us, of late, and we hope it is for the better; and we rejoice that
we have a pros pect of having things in a good degree straight ened
by the time you arrive here. We saw plainly, from the movement of things
that the was about to go to pieces, in conse quence of
the wickedness of those men, we therefore have done what we have; which thing
has given the church general satisfac tion, they also appear to be well
united, and determined to cleave to the , that
is, the three first.
Had we not taken the above measures, we think that nothing
could have prevented a re bellion against the whole and ;
so great was the disaffection against the , that the people
began to be jealous, that the whole authorities were in clined
to uphold these men in wickedness, and in a little time the church,
undoubtedly, would have gone, every man to his own way, like
sheep without a shepherd.
We concluded, that as you were coming up soon, it would be
well to not appoint regular presidents of this ; as probably
more satisfaction would be had among the people, to have none
but the three first.
The High Council are well united together, and with yourself.
The Bishop and his coun cil are united with us now, and all misunder standing
removed. We believe that intends to be with you and us; al though
he was not with us in the meetings.
We hear that the above men intend to call the church together
again, for a rehearing; but as they have no authority now, we think that
their influence will not be sufficient to bring the people together.
We know that such an attempt would be to divide and scat ter
the flock; and we intend to be faithful to warn the people of this
thing. The people seem to wish to have the whole law of God lived
up to; and we think that the church will rejoice to come up to the
, as soon as their leaders shall say the word,
or show them how to do it. In a word, we are persuaded that the most
part of the people wish to become sanctified by the law of God.
Dear Brother, may our God speedi ly open the way for you and your father’s family,
with our beloved brother , to
come among us. Your presence is abso lutely necessary for the salvation
of this church: Do hasten therefore, to our relief, our enemies
are bitter against us, and will do all the injury they can to you,
to us, and to the church.
In the name of the church, we say hold us by your faith, until
you get here. We flatter ourselves that you will have the church in ,
in a situation to leave them as soon as the rivers open. Although these
men speak against your proceedings, they are mute when you are
present, and the great body is determined to follow you.
Agreable to your request, and myself wrote, and sent
to you our testi mony, relative to what said about the girl, and
mailed it on the 4th inst. but lest
that letter should not reach you through the iniquity of men, I here
send you the same, with the addition of ’s
testimony. They may not be the same words as the other, for we have
not a copy of the former letter, however, this is the same in
substance, with some addition.
This may certify, that I heard say
to Joseph Smith Jr., while at ’ house, in , that he (Joseph) never
confessed to him, ()
that he was guilty of the crime alledged to him. And gave
me to understand that Joseph Smith Jr. never acknowledged to him, that he
ever confessed to any one, that he was guilty of the above crime.
This may certify, that I heard say,
in my house, that Joseph Smith Jr. never confessed to him, that
he was guilty of the crime alledged against him, and Joseph asked
if he ever said to him, ()
that he confessed to any one that he, (Joseph)
was guilty of the above crime, and ,
after some hesitation, answered, no.
This may certify, that having heard the re port about the crime
above referred to, I asked , last fall, when Joseph Smith was
in the ,
if the report was true, for said I, if it is, as he is to be presented
be fore the church, I wish to know of the truth of this matter
before hand. And he gave me to understand, either in plain words or
impli cations, that it was false. I bear this testi mony for the
good of the honest hearted in the east, and else where, and for the
good of brother Joseph Smith Jr. will
please copy this in the letter to the east, and keep the original here.
, Feb. 15, 1838.
Dear Brother, we lament that such foul and false reports should
be circulated in concerning
yourself. We are persuaded that none but those who wish your overthrow,
will believe them, and we presume that the above [p. 45]