History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

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of health, slept awhile, and arose feeling tolerably well through the  <December 5.> mercy of God. I received a letter from , , N.  York: also another from s Mother in-law,  N. York, of no consequence as to what it contained, but cost me  twenty five cents for postage. I mention this as it is a common  occurrence, and I am subjected to a great deal of expence,  by those whom I know nothing about, only that they are destitute  of good manners, for if people wish to be benefitted with in formation from me, common respect, and good breeding  would dictate them to pay the postage on their letters. I addressed  the following letter to the Editor of the Messenger and Advocate;
“Dear Brother, I wish to inform my friends and all others, abroad,  that whenever they wish to address me through the Post office, they  will be kind enough to pay the postage on the same. My  friends will excuse me in this matter, as I am willing to pay  postage on letters to hear from them; but am unwilling to pay  for insults, and menaces; consequently must refuse all unpaid.
Yours in the gospel, Joseph Smith Jn—

6 December 1835 • Sunday

<Sunday 6.> Sunday 6th. Went
Went to meeting at the usual hour. preached a  splendid discourse; In the afternoon we had an exhortation and  <Bro. Draper> communion. Some two or three weeks since, Brother Draper insis ted on leaving the meeting, before communion; and would not  be prevailed upon to tarry a few moments, although we invited  him to do so, as we did not wish to have the house thrown  into confusion. He observed that he “would not” if we excluded  him from the church. To day he attempted to make a confession,  but it was not satisfactory to me, and I was constrained  <deliver to the buf fetings of satan.> by the Spirit to deliver him over to the buffetings of satan,  until he should humble himself, and repent of his sins,  and make a satisfactory confession before the church.

7 December 1835 • Monday

<7> Monday 7th. Received a letter from , and was much  rejoiced to hear from him, and of his success in proclaiming the  Gospel. Wrote him a letter requesting him to return to .  Spent the day in reading Hebrew. Mr called to take  the parting hand with me, and remarked that he had been  in darkness all his days, but had now found the light, and  intended to obey it. This evening a number of brethren called  to see the records, which I exhibited and explained. Fine Sleighing.

8 December 1835 • Tuesday

<8> Tuesday morning 8th. at home. Read Hebrew in company  with , , Bro.  and . In the evening preached at the  as usual, had great liberty in speaking. congregation attentive  After the services closed, the brethren proposed to draw wood for me.

9 December 1835 • Wednesday

<9.> Wednesday 9th at home, wind south, strong, and chilly. came in this morning, and made me a present of  twelve dollars, which he held in a note against me. May God  bless him for his liberality. Also James Aldrich sent me my note  by the hand of , on which there was twelve dollars [p. 659]
of health, slept awhile, and arose feeling tolerably well through the December 5. mercy of God. I received a letter from , , N. York: also another from s Mother in-law, N. York, of no consequence as to what it contained, but cost me twenty five cents for postage. I mention this as it is a common occurrence, and I am subjected to a great deal of expence, by those whom I know nothing about, only that they are destitute of good manners, for if people wish to be benefitted with information from me, common respect, and good breeding would dictate them to pay the postage on their letters. I addressed the following letter to the Editor of the Messenger and Advocate;
“Dear Brother, I wish to inform my friends and all others, abroad, that whenever they wish to address me through the Post office, they will be kind enough to pay the postage on the same. My friends will excuse me in this matter, as I am willing to pay postage on letters to hear from them; but am unwilling to pay for insults, and menaces; consequently must refuse all unpaid.
Yours in the gospel, Joseph Smith Jn—

6 December 1835 • Sunday

Sunday 6. Sunday 6th.
Went to meeting at the usual hour. preached a splendid discourse; In the afternoon we had an exhortation and Bro. Draper communion. Some two or three weeks since, Brother Draper insisted on leaving the meeting, before communion; and would not be prevailed upon to tarry a few moments, although we invited him to do so, as we did not wish to have the house thrown into confusion. He observed that he “would not” if we excluded him from the church. To day he attempted to make a confession, but it was not satisfactory to me, and I was constrained deliver to the buffetings of satan. by the Spirit to deliver him over to the buffetings of satan, until he should humble himself, and repent of his sins, and make a satisfactory confession before the church.

7 December 1835 • Monday

7 Monday 7th. Received a letter from , and was much rejoiced to hear from him, and of his success in proclaiming the Gospel. Wrote him a letter requesting him to return to . Spent the day in reading Hebrew. Mr called to take the parting hand with me, and remarked that he had been in darkness all his days, but had now found the light, and intended to obey it. This evening a number of brethren called to see the records, which I exhibited and explained. Fine Sleighing.

8 December 1835 • Tuesday

8 Tuesday morning 8th. at home. Read Hebrew in company with , , Bro. and . In the evening preached at the as usual, had great liberty in speaking. congregation attentive After the services closed, the brethren proposed to draw wood for me.

9 December 1835 • Wednesday

9. Wednesday 9th at home, wind south, strong, and chilly. came in this morning, and made me a present of twelve dollars, which he held in a note against me. May God bless him for his liberality. Also James Aldrich sent me my note by the hand of , on which there was twelve dollars [p. 659]
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