History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<May 6> for “inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me”  Yours in the bonds of the everlasting Gospel, though no longer a prisoner  in the hands of the Missourians— And still faithful with the Saints—  Joseph Smith Jr. Chairman.

7 May 1839 • Tuesday

<Council, Twelve 7> Tuesday 7. I was in Council with the Twelve and others at .

8 May 1839 • Wednesday

<8> Wednesday 8. I was preparing to remove to , Counselling the  brethren &c
Illinois May 8. 1839. To all whom it may Concern— The  undersigned Citizens of , Illinois take great pleasure in recommending  to the favorable notice of the Public, the bearer of this .   is connected with the Church of “Mormons” or “Latter Day Saints”  and makes a tour to the east for the purpose of raising means to relieve  the sufferings of this unfortunate people, stripped as they have been, of  their all, and now scattered throughout this part of the . We say  to the Charitable and benevolent, you need have no fear but your contributions  in aid of humanity will be properly applied if intrusted to the hands of  , He is authorised by his Church to act in the premises, and  we most cordially bear testimony to his piety and worth as a Citizen.  very respectfully yours— Samuel Holmes, Merchant; J. N. Morris, Attorney at law  & Editor of Argus; , Governor State of ; ,  W. S. Senator, L. V. Ralston, M.D; Samuel Leach [Leech], Receiver Public Monies;  Hirum Rodgers, M.D; J. T. Holmes, Merchant; Nick, Wren, County Clerk;  C. M. Woods, Clerk of Circuit Court, Illinois.”
, Illinois, May 8. 1839 To his Excellency the of the — The heads of Departments— and all to whom this may be shown—  The undersigned Citizens of , Illinois, beg leave to introduce to you  the bearer Revd. . is a Divine connected with  the Church of “Latter Day Saints” and having enjoyed his acquaintance for  some time past, we take great pleasure in recommending him to your favorable  notice as a man of piety, and a valuable citizen. any representation he  may make touching the object of his mission to your City may be implicitly  relied on. Very respectfully yours Saml. Holmes, ,  , J. N. Morris, Hiram Rogers, J. T. Holmes, Nickl. Wren,  C. M. Woods.”

9 May 1839 • Thursday

<9  Joseph left > Thursday 9. I started with my family for , Hancock Co.  and staid this night, at Uncle ’s — — at Green Plains,  where we were most cordially received—

10 May 1839 • Friday

<10  Joseph at > Friday 10. I arrived with my family at the White Purchase and took  up my residence in a small Log House on the bank of the , about  one mile South of hoping that I and my friends may here  find a resting place for a little season at least—
<[Samuel] Leech’s letter> “ Illinois 10th. May 1839 The Bearer the Revd. is a  member of a society of people called “Mormons” or “Latter Day Saints” who have  been driven from the State of , by order of the of that , and [p. 936]
May 6 for “inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me” Yours in the bonds of the everlasting Gospel, though no longer a prisoner in the hands of the Missourians— And still faithful with the Saints— Joseph Smith Jr. Chairman.

7 May 1839 • Tuesday

Council, Twelve 7 Tuesday 7. I was in Council with the Twelve and others at .

8 May 1839 • Wednesday

8 Wednesday 8. I was preparing to remove to , Counselling the brethren &c
Illinois May 8. 1839. To all whom it may Concern— The undersigned Citizens of , Illinois take great pleasure in recommending to the favorable notice of the Public, the bearer of this . is connected with the Church of “Mormons” or “Latter Day Saints” and makes a tour to the east for the purpose of raising means to relieve the sufferings of this unfortunate people, stripped as they have been, of their all, and now scattered throughout this part of the . We say to the Charitable and benevolent, you need have no fear but your contributions in aid of humanity will be properly applied if intrusted to the hands of , He is authorised by his Church to act in the premises, and we most cordially bear testimony to his piety and worth as a Citizen. very respectfully yours— Samuel Holmes, Merchant; J. N. Morris, Attorney at law & Editor of Argus; , Governor State of ; , W. S. Senator, L. V. Ralston, M.D; Samuel Leach [Leech], Receiver Public Monies; Hirum Rodgers, M.D; J. T. Holmes, Merchant; Nick, Wren, County Clerk; C. M. Woods, Clerk of Circuit Court, Illinois.”
, Illinois, May 8. 1839 To his Excellency the of the — The heads of Departments— and all to whom this may be shown— The undersigned Citizens of , Illinois, beg leave to introduce to you the bearer Revd. . is a Divine connected with the Church of “Latter Day Saints” and having enjoyed his acquaintance for some time past, we take great pleasure in recommending him to your favorable notice as a man of piety, and a valuable citizen. any representation he may make touching the object of his mission to your City may be implicitly relied on. Very respectfully yours Saml. Holmes, , , J. N. Morris, Hiram Rogers, J. T. Holmes, Nickl. Wren, C. M. Woods.”

9 May 1839 • Thursday

9 Joseph left Thursday 9. I started with my family for , Hancock Co. and staid this night, at Uncle ’s — — at Green Plains, where we were most cordially received—

10 May 1839 • Friday

10 Joseph at Friday 10. I arrived with my family at the White Purchase and took up my residence in a small Log House on the bank of the , about one mile South of hoping that I and my friends may here find a resting place for a little season at least—
Samuel Leech’s letter “ Illinois 10th. May 1839 The Bearer the Revd. is a member of a society of people called “Mormons” or “Latter Day Saints” who have been driven from the State of , by order of the of that , and [p. 936]
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