then arose and spoke of the Doctrine of Christ and the duty of the Servants of God in preaching the gospel, & building upon the church of Christ, to reprove error and wickedness whenever they should see them, espe cially in the church, and that President Smith was in the lines of his duty when he reproved <bro> Aldridge for his evil, and consequently brother Green must have been wrong in opposing him, and saying that he acted like a scou ndrel and that the Devil was in him.
Counsellor arose and said, that he conceived that brother Green could not be justified in opposing the servant of the Lord while in the actual discharge of his duty, and that it is evident that Satan hath sought to make divisions in the church and hath taken the advantage of the occasion of pre senting the Book to do this.
President arose & said, that he was disposed to exercise all the charity for brethren that he could, yet at the same time he did not feel willing to justify wickedness nor cover or hide iniquity in the church but rather to expose it and rebuke it. that it may be brought to light: And that the wickedness of brother Green in condemning President Smith is evident from the testimony, and that brother Aldridge also did act foolishly and by the influence of a wrong Spirit in questioning the integrity of the heads of the Church in the purchase of the Book, &, that President Smith was and, is, justifiable in doing as he has done, in this matter, & should not be censured as has been done in this matter by brother Green.
President then arose and showed, by a few very plain remarks, how Satan, had sought from the beginning to destroy the book of Mormon, and in order to do this, had been continually leveling his shafts [p. 110]