council proceed to examine the charge preferred, because brother Green had been regularly summoned by himself.
The council appointed that one should speak on each side of the council. After which testimony was examined as follows, Elder testified that brother Green (on monday morning last) said that brother Aldridge was justified in what he said, and that President Joseph & were wrong in abusing the old man, and after expla ined the matter to him, said that if any man should do so by him, he should call him a scoundrel, and that he should say that any man who should talk as Joseph did must have the Devil in him. Elder Lorin Bab[b]it said he was present when the above conversation took place & heard a considerable part of it and fully concurred in the statem ent of . And he heard brother Green say previous to the above talk that although they accused brother Aldridge of having an evil spirit, yet if the truth was known the Devil was in them. (Viz.) Presidents Joseph & : for if any man should ask my opinion and then abuse me in this way, I should call him a scou ndrel or a knave President said before the council that brother Aldridge was not called upon to give his opinion concerning the Book but said what he did without being called upon to speak, for the book was only handed to him and others, to look at, that they might see its quality and goodness. President Joseph S: arose and stated that knew brother Aldridge was under the influence of an evil spirit and had been for a long time. And Counsellor also said that he knew that this thing was so. by what he had seen and learned, & that he had heard from credible authority that the old man had been in the habit for a long time of neg lecting prayer & family worship. [p. 109]