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

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<May 27> aggrandizement, but rather that of the community: We feel warranted in  commissioning him to go forth amongst the faithful, as our Agent, to gather  up, and receive such monies in money or otherwise as shall enable us to  meet our engagements which are now about to devolve upon us, in  consequence of our purchases here for the Church, and we humbly trust that  our brethren generally will enable him to come to our assistance before our  credit shall suffer on this account— Joseph Smith Jr. P. E.”

28 May 1839 • Tuesday

<28  Prisoners petitioned  for Habeas Corpus> Thursday 28 I was at home— When the Prisoners arrived at  Columbia, they applied to for a special term of Court  to be holden for their trials— The Petition was granted and July first  was appointed for the Sitting of the Court

29 May 1839 • Wednesday

<29  Joseph to > Monday 29. I was about home until the latter part of the week  when I went to in company with my Council—

June 1839

<June> I continued to assist in making preparations, to lay our grievances  before the General Government, and many of the brethren were making  their reports of damage sustained in . I wrote as follows

4 June 1839 • Tuesday

<4  Joseph’s Bill of  Damages in > “ June 4. 1839 Bill of Damages against the State of  on account of the Sufferings & losses sustained therein March 12th.  1838. I with my family arrived in , Caldwell County, after  a journey of one thousand miles, being 8 weeks on my Journey enduring  great affliction in consequence of prosecution &c and expending two or  three hundred dollars. Soon after my arrival at that place I was informed  that a number of men living in (on the Grindstone Forks)  had offered the sum of one thousand dollars for my scalp. Persons to  whom I was an entire stranger & of whom I had no knowledge. In  order to attain their end, the roads were frequently waylaid for <me> &c at one  time in particular, when watering my horse on I distinctly  heard 3 or 4 guns snapt at me. I was credibly informed also that of the Fifth Judicial Circuit gave encouragement to individuals to  carry into effect their diabolical designs, and has frequently stated, that  I ought to be beheaded on account of my Religion, In consequence of such  expressions from and others in authority, my enemies endeavored  to take every advantage of me, and heaping abuse, getting up vexatious  law suits, and stirring up the minds of the people against me and the people  with whom I was connected, altho’ we had done nothing to deserve such treatment  but were busily engaged in our several avocations & desirous to live on peaceable  & friendly terms with all men. In consequence of such threats and abuse  which I was continually subject to, my family were kept in continual state  of alarm, not knowing any morning what would befal me from day to day  particularly when I went from home: On the latter part of Sept. 1838 I went  to the lower part of the County of for the purpose of selecting a location  for a town when on my journey I was met by one of our Friends with a  Message from in Carrol County stating that our Brethren who had  settled in that place were, & had for some time been, surrounded by a mob, who [p. 948]
May 27 aggrandizement, but rather that of the community: We feel warranted in commissioning him to go forth amongst the faithful, as our Agent, to gather up, and receive such monies in money or otherwise as shall enable us to meet our engagements which are now about to devolve upon us, in consequence of our purchases here for the Church, and we humbly trust that our brethren generally will enable him to come to our assistance before our credit shall suffer on this account— Joseph Smith Jr. P. E.”

28 May 1839 • Tuesday

28 Prisoners petitioned for Habeas Corpus Thursday 28 I was at home— When the Prisoners arrived at Columbia, they applied to for a special term of Court to be holden for their trials— The Petition was granted and July first was appointed for the Sitting of the Court

29 May 1839 • Wednesday

29 Joseph to Monday 29. I was about home until the latter part of the week when I went to in company with my Council—

June 1839

June I continued to assist in making preparations, to lay our grievances before the General Government, and many of the brethren were making their reports of damage sustained in . I wrote as follows

4 June 1839 • Tuesday

4 Joseph’s Bill of Damages in June 4. 1839 Bill of Damages against the State of on account of the Sufferings & losses sustained therein March 12th. 1838. I with my family arrived in , Caldwell County, after a journey of one thousand miles, being 8 weeks on my Journey enduring great affliction in consequence of prosecution &c and expending two or three hundred dollars. Soon after my arrival at that place I was informed that a number of men living in (on the Grindstone Forks) had offered the sum of one thousand dollars for my scalp. Persons to whom I was an entire stranger & of whom I had no knowledge. In order to attain their end, the roads were frequently waylaid for me &c at one time in particular, when watering my horse on I distinctly heard 3 or 4 guns snapt at me. I was credibly informed also that of the Fifth Judicial Circuit gave encouragement to individuals to carry into effect their diabolical designs, and has frequently stated, that I ought to be beheaded on account of my Religion, In consequence of such expressions from and others in authority, my enemies endeavored to take every advantage of me, and heaping abuse, getting up vexatious law suits, and stirring up the minds of the people against me and the people with whom I was connected, altho’ we had done nothing to deserve such treatment but were busily engaged in our several avocations & desirous to live on peaceable & friendly terms with all men. In consequence of such threats and abuse which I was continually subject to, my family were kept in continual state of alarm, not knowing any morning what would befal me from day to day particularly when I went from home: On the latter part of Sept. 1838 I went to the lower part of the County of for the purpose of selecting a location for a town when on my journey I was met by one of our Friends with a Message from in Carrol County stating that our Brethren who had settled in that place were, & had for some time been, surrounded by a mob, who [p. 948]
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