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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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15 to 20 hewed log cabins, and the brick body of a two story Court  <June 2   Letter  continued.> house 32 feet square. This town is located on the west side of  Horse and Smith’s fork of the Little Platt, contiguous to the  timber on these streams, 25 miles north of . The timber  mill and water privileges may answer a very small pop ulation, but for a large it would be nothing. There are now  <see printed Copy in  Messenger and Advocate> three stores and soon will be four. Clinton County is  mostly prairie with here and there a few fringes or spots  of timber on the creeks that run into the Little platt and  . From this town we made the best course we  could to the waters of We had a “sort of a road  for a little bit” towards Brushy fork, then we had to be con tent with naked prairie, patches of scrubby timber, deep  bank creeks and branches, together with a rainy Morning and  no compass; but, with the blessing of the Lord we soon came  to “some house” in the afternoon, passed into .
On , where there is water, there are some tolerable  mill seats, but, the prairies,— those “old clearings,”— peering one  over another, as far as the eye can glance, flatten all com mon calculation, as to timber for boards, rails, or future  wants, for a thick population, according to the natural  reasonings of men. The Book of Mormon terms these prairies  the land of Desolation; & When I get into prairie so large that  I am out of sight of timber, just as the seaman is “out of  sight of land in the ocean,” I have to exclaim what is man  and his works, compared to the Almighty and his creations?  Who hath viewed his everlasting fields? who hath counted  his Buffaloes; – who hath seen all his deer on on a thousand  prairies? .. The pinks variegate these wide spread lawns,  without the hand of man to aid them; and the bees of a  thousand groves, banquet on the flowers unobserved, and  sip the honey-dews of heaven. Nearly every skirt of timber  to the state line on the north, I am informed has some  one in it. The back setlers are generally very honorable, and  more hospitable than any people I ever saw, you are,  in most instances. welcome to the best they have.

16 June 1836 • Thursday

<June 16  council.> The High Council assembled in the in  on the 16th. of June. Presidents and  presiding, to investigate the charge of “a want of benevolence  to the poor and charity to the church,” which I had  <  & El.  on trial.> previously preferred against Brother  and Elder . After a full and lengthy in vestigation the council decided that the charges were fully  sustained against , and that the hand of  fellowship be withdrawn from him, until he shall see  that the course he is pursuing is contrary to the gospel of  Jesus. In the pleas of the counsellors, in case of ,  they decided that the charges had been fully sustained, after [p. 734]
15 to 20 hewed log cabins, and the brick body of a two story Court June 2 Letter continued. house 32 feet square. This town is located on the west side of Horse and Smith’s fork of the Little Platt, contiguous to the timber on these streams, 25 miles north of . The timber mill and water privileges may answer a very small population, but for a large it would be nothing. There are now see printed Copy in Messenger and Advocate three stores and soon will be four. Clinton County is mostly prairie with here and there a few fringes or spots of timber on the creeks that run into the Little platt and . From this town we made the best course we could to the waters of We had a “sort of a road for a little bit” towards Brushy fork, then we had to be content with naked prairie, patches of scrubby timber, deep bank creeks and branches, together with a rainy Morning and no compass; but, with the blessing of the Lord we came to “some house” in the afternoon, passed into .
On , where there is water, there are some tolerable mill seats, but, the prairies,— those “old clearings,”— peering one over another, as far as the eye can glance, flatten all common calculation, as to timber for boards, rails, or future wants, for a thick population, according to the natural reasonings of men. The Book of Mormon terms these prairies the land of Desolation; & When I get into prairie so large that I am out of sight of timber, just as the seaman is “out of sight of land in the ocean,” I have to exclaim what is man and his works, compared to the Almighty and his creations? Who hath viewed his everlasting fields? who hath counted his Buffaloes; – who hath seen all his deer on a thousand prairies? .. The pinks variegate these wide spread lawns, without the hand of man to aid them; and the bees of a thousand groves, banquet on the flowers unobserved, and sip the honey-dews of heaven. Nearly every skirt of timber to the state line on the north, I am informed has some one in it. The back setlers are generally very honorable, and more hospitable than any people I ever saw, you are, in most instances. welcome to the best they have.

16 June 1836 • Thursday

June 16 council. The High Council assembled in the in on the 16th. of June. Presidents and presiding, to investigate the charge of “a want of benevolence to the poor and charity to the church,” which I had & El. on trial. previously preferred against Brother and Elder . After a full and lengthy investigation the council decided that the charges were fully sustained against , and that the hand of fellowship be withdrawn from him, until he shall see that the course he is pursuing is contrary to the gospel of Jesus. In the pleas of the counsellors, in case of , they decided that the charges had been fully sustained, after [p. 734]
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