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“I replied, I was opposed to hanging, even if a man kill another, I will shoot him, or cut off his head, spill his blood on the ground, and let the smoke thereof ascend up to God; and if ever I have the privilege of making a law on that subject, I will have it so.”

Joseph Smith, Jr., History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Volume 5 (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret News, 1909), 296.