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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<July 4> were seen rushing after us, some on horseback, and some on foot, prepared with dogs, guns, and whatever came to hand. But the flag of Liberty with its Eagle, still floated on high, in the distance, and under its banner our nerves seemed to strengthen at every step. We gained the horses, mounted, and dashed into the Wilderness, each his own way. After a few jumps of my horse I was hailed by an armed man at pistol shot distance, crying, “dam you, stop, of I’ll shoot you” I rushed onward deeper in the forest, while the cry was repeated in close pursuit, crying, “dam you, stop, or I’ll shoot you”, at every step, till at length it died away in the distance. I plunged a mile into the forest— came to a halt— tied my horse in a thicket— went a distance, and climbed a tree, to await the approaching darkness. Being so little used to exercise, I fainted through over exertion, and remained so faint for near an hour, that I could not get down from the Tree. <But calling on the Lord he strengthened me, and I came down from the Tree> But my horse had got loose and gone. I then made my way on foot for several days and nights, principally without food, and scarcely suffering myself to be seen. After five days of dreadful suffering with fatigue and hunger, I crossed the , and found myself once more in a land of Freedom.”
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Mr. Phelps made his escape also, but was retaken, [HC 3:401] and carried back. continued in the prison, he had apostatized and turned traitor to the others [HC 3:402]
5 July 1839 • Friday
<5> Friday 5. I was dictating history. I say dictating, for I seldom use the pen myself. I always dictate all my communications, but employ a scribe to write them.
6 July 1839 • Saturday
<6.> Saturday 6. I was at home reviewing the Church Records &c &c
7 July 1839 • Sunday
<7 Farewell of the Twelve> Sunday 7. I was at the meeting held in the open air, as a large assemblage was expected to listen to the farewell addresses of the Twelve who were then about to take their departure on this most important mission, namely, to the Nations of the Earth and the Islands of the Sea. Elder being the first of the Twelve present, opened the meeting by addressing a few words of an introductory nature, after which, singing and prayer, when [HC 4:1] delivered a very interesting discourse on the subject of the Book of Mormon, recapitulating in short terms, the principles of a former discourse on the same subject, and afterwards proceeded to read portions from the Bible and Book of Mormon concerning the best Criterions, whereby to judge of its authenticity. And then went on to show that no imposter would ever attempt to make such promises as are contained on pages 541. and 34th. which he did in a very satisfactory manner, and then bore testimony— Afternoon the meeting was again opened by prayer &c Elder spoke on the subject of this dispensation— The other Angel which John saw, having the everlasting gospel to preach &c— he then bore [p. 963]
July 4 were seen rushing after us, some on horseback, and some on foot, prepared with dogs, guns, and whatever came to hand. But the flag of Liberty with its Eagle, still floated on high, in the distance, and under its banner our nerves seemed to strengthen at every step. We gained the horses, mounted, and dashed into the Wilderness, each his own way. After a few jumps of my horse I was hailed by an armed man at pistol shot distance, crying, “dam you, stop, of I’ll shoot you” I rushed onward deeper in the forest, while the cry was repeated in close pursuit, crying, “dam you, stop, or I’ll shoot you”, at every step, till at length it died away in the distance. I plunged a mile into the forest— came to a halt— tied my horse in a thicket— went a distance, and climbed a tree, to await the approaching darkness. Being so little used to exercise, I fainted through over exertion, and remained so faint for near an hour, that I could not get down from the Tree. But calling on the Lord he strengthened me, and I came down from the Tree But my horse had got loose and gone. I then made my way on foot for several days and nights, principally without food, and scarcely suffering myself to be seen. After five days of dreadful suffering with fatigue and hunger, I crossed the , and found myself once more in a land of Freedom.”
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Mr. Phelps made his escape also, but was retaken, [HC 3:401] and carried back. continued in the prison, he had apostatized and turned traitor to the others [HC 3:402]
5 July 1839 • Friday
5 Friday 5. I was dictating history. I say dictating, for I seldom use the pen myself. I always dictate all my communications, but employ a scribe to write them.
6 July 1839 • Saturday
6. Saturday 6. I was at home reviewing the Church Records &c &c
7 July 1839 • Sunday
7 Farewell of the Twelve Sunday 7. I was at the meeting held in the open air, as a large assemblage was expected to listen to the farewell addresses of the Twelve who were then about to take their departure on this most important mission, namely, to the Nations of the Earth and the Islands of the Sea. Elder being the first of the Twelve present, opened the meeting by addressing a few words of an introductory nature, after which, singing and prayer, when [HC 4:1] delivered a very interesting discourse on the subject of the Book of Mormon, recapitulating in short terms, the principles of a former discourse on the same subject, and afterwards proceeded to read portions from the Bible and Book of Mormon concerning the best Criterions, whereby to judge of its authenticity. And then went on to show that no imposter would ever attempt to make such promises as are contained on pages 541. and 34th. which he did in a very satisfactory manner, and then bore testimony— Afternoon the meeting was again opened by prayer &c Elder spoke on the subject of this dispensation— The other Angel which John saw, having the everlasting gospel to preach &c— he then bore [p. 963]
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