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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<June 4  ’s Bill  of Damages> injury. Since I have obtained my liberty, I feel my body broke down  and my health very much impaired, from the fatigue and afflictions which  I have undergone, so that I have not been able to perform any labor, since I  have escaped from my oppressors— The loss of property which I sustained  in the State of , would amount to several thousand dollars, and  one hundred thousand dollars, would be no consideration, for what I have  suffered, from privations! from my life being continually sought!! and  all the accumulated sufferings I have been subject to.

5 June 1839 • Wednesday

<5  returned to > Wednesday 5. I returned to and spent the remainder of  the week at home—

9 June 1839 • Sunday

<9> Sunday 9. I attended meeting with my and family at s— preached—

10 June 1839 • Monday

<10> Monday 10. baptized one woman— I was engaged in  study and preparatory to writing my history—

11 June 1839 • Tuesday

<11  Writing History> Tuesday 11. I commenced dictating my history for my Clerk—   to write— About this time Elder  <first house built> raised the first house, built by the Saints in this place, it was built of  Logs about 25 or 30 rods N.N.E. of my dwelling on the N.E. Corner of  Lot 4 Block 147. of the White purchase—
<History of > When I made the purchase of [Hugh] White and There were one  Stone house, three frame houses and two block houses which constituted the  whole city of . Between and Mr. ’s  there was one Stone and three log houses including the one I live in, and  these were all the houses in this vicinity, and the place was literally a  wilderness. The land was mostly covered with trees and bushes, and  much of it so wet that it was with the utmost difficulty a foot man  could get through, and totally impassible for teams. was  so unhealthy, very few could live there, but believing that it might  become a healthy place, by the blessing of heaven to the Saints, and  no more eligible place, presenting itself, I considered it wisdom to make  an attempt to build up a City—

12–13 June 1839 • Wednesday–Thursday

<12> Wednesday and Thursday I continued to dictate my history.
< letter> “ June 13. 1839— Prest. Smith— Sir— your letter in answer to  my note to I received by the hand of Br. Harris— Respecting  the Cattle I had promised three or four yoke to Father Myers— I did expect  br. Shearer would have sent the Cattle down immediately or I should not  have been quite so willing to have accommodated him with some to have  moved with. Some of our poor brethren wished me to furnish them  teams to move up to with, and I promised them, that when the teams  returned I should, they were very anxious to get up in time to get in a  little garden, and were not my plans frustrated, I could have accommodated  them greatly to their satisfaction, the brethren that I allude to, are the blind  brethren, who say that they had as soon live in tents there as here, it is now  too late to think of making gardens, and what is best for them to do I know not [p. 954]
June 4 ’s Bill of Damages injury. Since I have obtained my liberty, I feel my body broke down and my health very much impaired, from the fatigue and afflictions which I have undergone, so that I have not been able to perform any labor, since I have escaped from my oppressors— The loss of property which I sustained in the State of , would amount to several thousand dollars, and one hundred thousand dollars, would be no consideration, for what I have suffered, from privations! from my life being continually sought!! and all the accumulated sufferings I have been subject to.

5 June 1839 • Wednesday

5 returned to Wednesday 5. I returned to and spent the remainder of the week at home—

9 June 1839 • Sunday

9 Sunday 9. I attended meeting with my and family at s— preached—

10 June 1839 • Monday

10 Monday 10. baptized one woman— I was engaged in study and preparatory to writing my history—

11 June 1839 • Tuesday

11 Writing History Tuesday 11. I commenced dictating my history for my Clerk— to write— About this time Elder first house built raised the first house, built by the Saints in this place, it was built of Logs about 25 or 30 rods N.N.E. of my dwelling on the N.E. Corner of Lot 4 Block 147. of the White purchase—
History of When I made the purchase of Hugh White and There were one Stone house, three frame houses and two block houses which constituted the whole city of . Between and Mr. ’s there was one Stone and three log houses including the one I live in, and these were all the houses in this vicinity, and the place was literally a wilderness. The land was mostly covered with trees and bushes, and much of it so wet that it was with the utmost difficulty a foot man could get through, and totally impassible for teams. was so unhealthy, very few could live there, but believing that it might become a healthy place, by the blessing of heaven to the Saints, and no more eligible place, presenting itself, I considered it wisdom to make an attempt to build up a City—

12–13 June 1839 • Wednesday–Thursday

12 Wednesday and Thursday I continued to dictate my history.
letter “ June 13. 1839— Prest. Smith— Sir— your letter in answer to my note to I received by the hand of Br. Harris— Respecting the Cattle I had promised three or four yoke to Father Myers— I did expect br. Shearer would have sent the Cattle down immediately or I should not have been quite so willing to have accommodated him with some to have moved with. Some of our poor brethren wished me to furnish them teams to move up to with, and I promised them, that when the teams returned I should, they were very anxious to get up in time to get in a little garden, and were not my plans frustrated, I could have accommodated them greatly to their satisfaction, the brethren that I allude to, are the blind brethren, who say that they had as soon live in tents there as here, it is now too late to think of making gardens, and what is best for them to do I know not [p. 954]
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