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

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4 July 1838 • Wednesday
<July 4th. Independence> July 4th. was spent in celebrating the declaration of the Independence of the , and also, in the saints making a declaration of Independence from all mobs and persecutions which have been inflicted upon them, time after time, until they could bear it no longer; having been driven <x> by ruthless mobs and enemies of truth from their homes, their property confiscated, their lives exposed, and their all jeopardized by such barbarous conduct; also to in laying the corner stones of the , agreeably to the commandment of the Lord unto us. given April 26th. 1838.
Joseph Smith Jun. was president of the day; , vice Prest. and Orator; , Chief Marshall, and and assistant Marshals , Col <Ck>. The order of the day was splendid. The procession commenced forming at 10 o clock AM. in the following order: first the Infantry; 2d the patriarchs of the Church; the Presid[e]nt Vice Presedent, and Orator: the Twelve: Presidents of the Stake and High Council: Bishop and Council: Architects: Ladies and Gentlemen; and the cavalry in rear. The procession was Large: Marched to Music, and formed a circle round the cellar. with the Ladies in front, when the <Corner Stones of the , , Laid.> South east corner Stone of the in . Missouri was laid by the [HC 3:41] Presidents of the Stake, assisted by twelve men: The South West corner by the Presidents of the Elders, assisted by twelve men: The North West corner by the assisted by twelve men: and the north east corner by the President of the Teachers assisted by Twelve Men; <this house is to be 110 feet long and 80 feet broad.> After which the oration was delivered by , (afterwards published in the “”) -[the Clay Co. print]- at the close of which was a shout of Hosanna: and a song, composed for the occasion by , was sung by . The most perfect order prevailed throughout the day. [HC 3:42]
6 March–6 July 1838
<Organization of the Camp at , Ohio.> The Seventies assembled in the , in on the 6th of March, to devise the best means of removing their quorum to according to the Revelations; and on the 10th. it was made manifest by vision and prophecy, that they should go up in a camp pitching their tents by the way.— On the 13 they adopted a Constitution and laws to govern them on their journey, which was soon signed by 175 of the brethren. The privilege was given for any one to go. who did not belong to the seventies, provided they would abide the constitution, and all the faithful, who could, improved the opportunity for fearful sights and great signs were shown forth in and around , clearly manifesting to the honest heart that God was not unmindful of his word, and that he would bring upon the place those judgments he had declared by his Se[r]vant. Elders , Zerah [Zera] Pulsipher, , , . , and were Counsellors to lead the camp, which was divided into companies of tens; with a captain over each: was chosen clerk and Historian— and Treasurer, and on the <5> 5th of July, they met on the land owned by — about ¼ of a mile south of the and pitched their tents, <6th> in <form of> a hollow square.— On the 12th, at noon, they struck their tents and began to move toward the South and in 30 minutes the [p. 800]
4 July 1838 • Wednesday
July 4th. Independence July 4th. was spent in celebrating the declaration of the Independence of the , and also, in the saints making a declaration of Independence from all mobs and persecutions which have been inflicted upon them, time after time, until they could bear it no longer; having been driven x by ruthless mobs and enemies of truth from their homes, their property confiscated, their lives exposed, and their all jeopardized by such barbarous conduct; also in laying the corner stones of the , agreeably to the commandment of the Lord unto us. given April 26th. 1838.
Joseph Smith Jun. was president of the day; , vice Prest. and Orator; , Chief Marshall, and and assistant Marshals , Col Ck. The order of the day was splendid. The procession commenced forming at 10 o clock AM. in the following order: first the Infantry; 2d the patriarchs of the Church; the President Vice Presedent, and Orator: the Twelve: Presidents of the Stake and High Council: Bishop and Council: Architects: Ladies and Gentlemen; and the cavalry in rear. The procession was Large: Marched to Music, and formed a circle round the cellar. with the Ladies in front, when the Corner Stones of the , , Laid. South east corner Stone of the in . Missouri was laid by the [HC 3:41] Presidents of the Stake, assisted by twelve men: The South West corner by the Presidents of the Elders, assisted by twelve men: The North West corner by the assisted by twelve men: and the north east corner by the President of the Teachers assisted by Twelve Men; this house is to be 110 feet long and 80 feet broad. After which the oration was delivered by , (afterwards published in the “”) -[the Clay Co. print]- at the close of which was a shout of Hosanna: and a song, composed for the occasion by , was sung by . The most perfect order prevailed throughout the day. [HC 3:42]
6 March–6 July 1838
Organization of the Camp at , Ohio. The Seventies assembled in the , in on the 6th of March, to devise the best means of removing their quorum to according to the Revelations; and on the 10th. it was made manifest by vision and prophecy, that they should go up in a camp pitching their tents by the way.— On the 13 they adopted a Constitution and laws to govern them on their journey, which was soon signed by 175 of the brethren. The privilege was given for any one to go. who did not belong to the seventies, provided they would abide the constitution, and all the faithful, who could, improved the opportunity for fearful sights and great signs were shown forth in and around , clearly manifesting to the honest heart that God was not unmindful of his word, and that he would bring upon the place those judgments he had declared by his Servant. Elders , Zerah [Zera] Pulsipher, , , . , and were Counsellors to lead the camp, which was divided into companies of tens; with a captain over each: was chosen clerk and Historian— and Treasurer, and on the 5 5th of July, they met — about ¼ of a mile south of the and pitched their tents, 6th in form of a hollow square.— On the 12th, at noon, they struck their tents and began to move toward the South and in 30 minutes the [p. 800]
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