History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

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inhabitants of this country, Nephites, Lamanites &c, and this morning I went up on a high mound, over near the river, accompanied by the <several> brethren. From this mound we could overlook the tops of the trees and view the prairie on each side of the river as far as our vision could extend, and the scenery was truly delightful.
On the top of the mound were stones which presented the appearance of three altars having been erected one above the other, according to ancient order; and <the remains of> human bones were strewn over the surface of the ground. The brethren procured a shovel & hoe and removed removing the earth to the depth of about one foot discovered the skeleton of a man. almost entire, and between his ribs was <the stone point of> a arrow, which evidently produced his death. <> retained the arrow, and the brethren carried some pieces of the skeleton to . The contemplation of the scenery before <around> us produced peculiar sensations in our bosoms; and <subsequently> the visions of the past being opend to my understanding by the Spirit of the Almighty I discovered that the person whose Skeleton was before us, <we had seen> was a white Lamanite, a large thick set man, and a man of God. <His name was Zelph.> He was a warrior <and Chieftain> under the great prophet Onandagus, who was known from the hill Cumorah, or eastern sea, [HC 2:79] to the Rocky Mountains. His name was Zelph. The curse was taken from him, <Zelph> or, at least, in part. One of his thigh bones was broken by a stone flung from a sling, while in battle, years before his death. He was killed in battle, by the arrow found among his ribs, during a last great struggle with the Lamanites. and Nephites.— < carried the thigh bone to .>— <Note I addenda page 5> [HC 2:80] [HC 2:81]
4–5 June 1834 • Wednesday–Thursday
Continuing our Journey on the 4th we Encamped on the banks of the Mississippi River. At this place we were somewhat afflicted, and our enemies strongly threatened that we should not cross over into . # The river being nearly one & an half miles wide, and having but one ferry boat, it took two days for us to cross pass over. While some were ferrying others were engaged in hunting fishing [HC 2:82] &c. As we arrived we encamped on the bank, within the limits of . While at this place rebelled against the order of the [p. 483]
inhabitants of this country, , and this morning I went up on a high mound, near the river, accompanied by several brethren. From this mound we could overlook the tops of the trees and view the prairie on each side of the river as far as our vision could extend, and the scenery was truly delightful.
On the top of the mound were stones which presented the appearance of three altars one above the other, according to ancient order; and the remains of bones were strewn over the surface of the ground. The brethren procured a shovel & hoe and removing the earth to the depth of about one foot discovered the skeleton of a man. almost entire, and between his ribs the stone point of a arrow, which evidently produced his death. retained the arrow, . The contemplation of the scenery around us produced peculiar sensations in our bosoms; and subsequently the visions of the past being opend to my understanding by the Spirit of the Almighty I discovered that the person whose Skeleton , we had seen was a white Lamanite, a large thick set man, and a man of God. His name was Zelph. He was a warrior and Chieftain under the great prophet Onandagus, who was known from the eastern sea, [HC 2:79] to the Rocky Mountains. The curse was taken from , Zelph or, at least, in part. One of his thigh bones was broken by a stone flung from a sling, while in battle, years before his death. He was killed in battle, by the arrow found among his ribs, during a great struggle with the Lamanites. .— carried the thigh bone to .— Note I addenda page 5 [HC 2:80] [HC 2:81]
4–5 June 1834 • Wednesday–Thursday
# The river being nearly one & an half miles wide, While some were ferrying others were engaged in hunting fishing [HC 2:82] &c. As we arrived we encamped on the bank, within the limits of . While at this place rebelled against the order of the [p. 483]
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