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

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  • Historical Introduction
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by the church, or else we must do it by our own labors; and if the  <May 12.> church say to us, “help yourselves,” we will thank them, and immediately  do so; but if the church say “se[r]ve us,” some provision must be made  for our sustenance. “The council investigated the matter, and instructed  the to make overe to Presidents Joseph Smith Jun and ,  each, an eighty acre lot of Land from the property of the church, situa ted adjacent to the City Corporation: Thr Also; appointed, three of their mumbers  viz, , and , a committee to confer  with said presidency and satisfy them for their services the present year,  not for preaching, or for receiving the word of God by Revelation, neither for  instructing the saints in righteousness; but for services rendered in the  printing establishment, in translating the Ancient Records, &c, &c. Said  committee agreed that Presidents Smith and should receive  [blank] as a just remuneration for their services this year.”

13 May 1838 • Sunday

<Sunday, 13> Sunday 13. Elder preached in the forenoon;— and in the  afternoon preached, a funeral sermon, on the death of , son of .—

14 May 1838 • Monday

<14> Monday 14th I spent in ploughing my garden, while was pre paring, and correcting some matter for the press. Elder ar rived from , Ohio.

18 May 1838 • Friday

<18  Joseph left , to explore  the North Country> Friday 18th. I left , in company with , ,  , , , and many others, for  the purpose of visiting the north country, and laying off stakes of Zion,  making locations and laying claims to facilitate the gathering of the saints  and for the benefit of the poor, in upbuilding the church of God; we trav elled to the mouth of , which is a tributary of ,  where we camped for the night. We passed a beautiful country of  land, a majority of which is prairie, (untimbered land) and thickly  covered with grass and weeds, among which is a plenty of Game, such  as Deer, Turkey, Hen, Elk, &c. We discovered a large black wolf, and my  dog gave him chase, but he out-ran us. We have nothing to fear  in camping out except the rattle Snake, which is natural to  this country, though not very numerous. We turned our horses  loose and let them feed on the prairie.

19 May 1838 • Saturday

<19> Saturday 19th. This morning we struck our tents and formed a line  of march, crossing at the mouth of , and  . is a large, beautiful, and deep and rapid  stream, during the high waters of spring, and will undoubtedly ad mit of Steam boat navigation and other water craft; and at the  mouth of is a splendid harbor, and good landing. We  pursued our course up the river, mostly in the timber, about 10 miles  when we arrived at Col. ’s, who lives at the Foot of . -[a name I gave it in consequence of the remains of an old Nephite  -[]-. Altar or Tower]- where we camped for the sabbath. In the after-noon, I  went up the rivere about half a mile to , accompanied by  , and my clerk , for the purpose of <selecting &> laying  claim to a city plot near , in , Township 60,  Range 27 and 28. And sections 25, 36, 31 and 30, which the brethren called [p. 797]
by the church, or else we must do it by our own labors; and if the May 12. church say to us, “help yourselves,” we will thank them, and immediately do so; but if the church say “serve us,” some provision must be made for our sustenance. “The council investigated the matter, and instructed the to make overe to Presidents Joseph Smith Jun and , each, an eighty acre lot of Land from the property of the church, situated adjacent to the City Corporation: Also; appointed, three of their mumbers viz, , and , a committee to confer with said presidency and satisfy them for their services the present year, not for preaching, or for receiving the word of God by Revelation, neither for instructing the saints in righteousness; but for services rendered in the printing establishment, in translating the Ancient Records, &c, &c. Said committee agreed that Presidents Smith and should receive [blank] as a just remuneration for their services this year.”

13 May 1838 • Sunday

Sunday, 13 Sunday 13. Elder preached in the forenoon;— and in the afternoon preached, a funeral sermon, on the death of , son of .—

14 May 1838 • Monday

14 Monday 14th I spent in ploughing my garden, while was preparing, and correcting some matter for the press. Elder arrived from , Ohio.

18 May 1838 • Friday

18 Joseph left , to explore the North Country Friday 18th. I left , in company with , , , , , and many others, for the purpose of visiting the north country, and laying off stakes of Zion, making locations and laying claims to facilitate the gathering of the saints and for the benefit of the poor, in upbuilding the church of God; we travelled to the mouth of , which is a tributary of , where we camped for the night. We passed a beautiful country of land, a majority of which is prairie, (untimbered land) and thickly covered with grass and weeds, among which is a plenty of Game, such as Deer, Turkey, Hen, Elk, &c. We discovered a large black wolf, and my dog gave him chase, but he out-ran us. We have nothing to fear in camping out except the rattle Snake, which is natural to this country, though not very numerous. We turned our horses loose and let them feed on the prairie.

19 May 1838 • Saturday

19 Saturday 19th. This morning we struck our tents and formed a line of march, crossing at the mouth of , and . is a large, beautiful, deep and rapid stream, during the high waters of spring, and will undoubtedly admit of Steam boat navigation and other water craft; and at the mouth of is a splendid harbor, and good landing. We pursued our course up the river, mostly in the timber, about 10 miles when we arrived at Col. ’s, who lives at the Foot of . -[a name I gave it in consequence of the remains of an old Nephite -[]-. Altar or Tower]- where we camped for the sabbath. In the after-noon, I went up the rivere about half a mile to , accompanied by , and my clerk , for the purpose of selecting & laying claim to a city plot near , in , Township 60, Range 27 and 28. And sections 25, 36, 31 and 30, which the brethren called [p. 797]
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