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

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expressed great dissatisfaction because we were short of bread, altho’ we had used all  diligence to procure a supply, and Captain had previously sent two men  ahead to provide supplies for his Company—
<Thursday> 15th.. We forded Mad River and passing thro’ a beautiful country encamped a little  West of — This night Moses Martin fell asleep on sentry, and some of  the brethren <I> went and took his sword, and left him asleep—
<Friday> 16th.. about nine o’clock while I was riding in a waggon with brother , ,  and , we came into a piece of thick woods <of recent growth,> where I told them I felt much depressed  in Spirit, and lonesome, and that there has had been a great deal of blood shed in that place, and  whenever a man of God is in a place, where many have been killed; he will feel lonesome  and unpleasant, and his spirits will sink; in about forty rods from where I made this  observation, we came through the woods, we saw a large farm, and there was near the road  on our left, a mound sixty feet high, occupying about half an acre of ground, covered with  apple Trees, and surrounded with oats, containing human bones, the ground being level  for a great <some> distance around— At dinner time some of the brethren expressed—  considerable fear on account of milk Sickness, with which the people were troubled along  our route, many were afraid to use milk or butter, and appealed to me to know if it  was not dangerous— I told them to use all they could get, unless they were told it was sick,  some expressed fears that it might be sold to us by our enemies for the purpose of doing us injury—  I told them not to fear, that if they would follow my counsel, and use all that they could get from friend  or enemy, that it should do them good, and none be sick in consequence of it, and altho’ we passed thro’  Neighborhoods where many of the people and cattle were infected with the sickness, yet my words were fulfilled.  We passed into <while passing thro’> Dayton, Ohio, where great curiosity was manifested, various reports of our numbers and  designs having gone before us, while we were passing thro’ Dayton some of the Inhabitants enquired of the  , where they were from, when Brother Brigham replied “from every place but this, and they would <we will>  soon be from this”— “Where are you going?” “To the West.” see page 479.

Addenda, Note 2 • 12–17 May 1834

<No. 2> when some ten or a dozen gentlement came over from Dayton to count us, and ascertain our numbers, which  they reported at least 600— These Gentlemen enquired of almost every man in the Camp where he was from  and where he was going, and what was his business, and returned to Dayton, and reported that every man  in the company was a gentleman, and gave a respectful answer to every question asked, but they  could not ascertain where they were going, or what their business. This evening a Court Martial was  instituted <held> in Camp for the trial of <Moses> Martin for falling asleep on watch. the night previous— brother Martin  pled his own case, that he was overcome with fatigue, and so overpowered that he could not keep awake &c  I decided that he should be acquitted and never go to sleep again on watch, which was sanctioned by the  Court, and I took occasion from this circumstnace to give the Brethren much useful instruction— (pa: 480)

Addenda, Note 3 • 18–21 May 1834

<No 3> Evening while we were eating dinner three gentlemen came riding up on very fine looking horses and  commenced their inquiries of various ones concerning our travelling in so large a body, asking where we  were from, and where we were going. The reply was as usual some from the State of , another would say,  I am from State, some from , some from , and some replied we are from the east, and as soon  as we have done eating dinner, we shall be going to the west again. They then addressed themselves to [p. 7 [addenda]]
expressed great dissatisfaction because we were short of bread, altho’ we had used all diligence to procure a supply, and Captain had previously sent two men ahead to provide supplies for his Company—
Thursday 15th.. We forded Mad River and passing thro’ a beautiful country encamped a little West of — This night Moses Martin fell asleep on sentry, and I went and took his sword, and left him asleep—
Friday 16th.. about nine o’clock while I was riding in a waggon with brother , , and , we came into a piece of thick woods of recent growth, where I told them I felt much depressed in Spirit, and lonesome, and that there had been a great deal of blood shed in that place, and whenever a man of God is in a place, where many have been killed; he will feel lonesome and unpleasant, and his spirits will sink; in about forty rods from where I made this observation, we came through the woods, we saw a large farm, and there was near the road on our left, a mound sixty feet high, , covered with apple Trees, and surrounded with oats, containing human bones, the ground being level for some distance around— At dinner time some of the brethren expressed— considerable fear on account of milk Sickness, with which the people were troubled along our route, many were afraid to use milk or butter, and appealed to me to know if it was not dangerous— I told them to use all they could get, unless they were told it was sick, some expressed fears that it might be sold to us by our enemies for the purpose of doing us injury— I told them not to fear, that if they would follow my counsel, and use all that they could get from friend or enemy, it should do them good, and none be sick in consequence of it, and altho’ we passed thro’ Neighborhoods where many of the people and cattle were infected with the sickness, yet my words were fulfilled. while passing thro’ Dayton, Ohio, great curiosity was manifested, various reports of our numbers and designs having gone before us, some of the Inhabitants enquired of the , where they were from, when replied “from every place but this, and we will soon be from this”— “Where are you going?” “To the West.” see page 479.

Addenda, Note 2 • 12–17 May 1834

No. 2 when some ten or a dozen gentlement came over from Dayton to count us, and ascertain our numbers, which they reported at least 600— These Gentlemen enquired of almost every man in the Camp where he was from and where he was going, and what was his business, and returned to Dayton, and reported that every man in the company was a gentleman, and gave a respectful answer to every question asked, but they could not ascertain where they were going, or what their business. This evening a Court Martial was held in Camp for the trial of Moses Martin for falling asleep on watch. — brother Martin pled his own case, that he was overcome with fatigue, and so overpowered that he could not keep awake &c I decided that he should be acquitted and never go to sleep again on watch, which was sanctioned by the Court, and I took occasion from this circumstnace to give the Brethren much useful instruction— (pa: 480)

Addenda, Note 3 • 18–21 May 1834

No 3 while we were eating dinner three gentlemen came riding up on very fine looking horses and commenced their inquiries of various ones concerning our travelling in so large a body, asking where we were from, and where we were going. The reply was as usual some from the State of , another would say, I am from State, some from , some from , and some replied we are from the east, and as soon as we have done eating dinner, we shall be going to the west again. They then addressed themselves to [p. 7 [addenda]]
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