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

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<September 11> is fallen, is fallen.” There has quite a number of families  gathered up here already, and we anticipate a continuance, especially as  upon enquiry we have found that we have not had more than a ratio  of sickness here, notwithstanding the trials we have had, and the hardships  to which we have been exposed. Calculating as we do, upon the  mercy and power of God in our behalf we hope to persevere on in every  good and useful work even unto the end, that when we come to be tried  in the balance, we may not be found wanting. With all good  wishes and prayers for the temporal, and eternal salvation of yourself  and your family, as well as of all the honest in heart over the face  of the Earth— We remain Sir, with sincerity your friends and  brethren— Joseph Smith Junr.” addressed to “ Esqre.  , Geauga Co., Ohio.”
13 September 1839 • Friday
<13> Friday 13th. I left home for Brother s place—
14 September 1839 • Saturday
<14    starts for England> Saturday 14. President started from his house at ,  for England <his health was very poor, he was unable to go thirty rods to the without assistance, after he had crossed the Ferry, he got Brother to carry> him on his horse Behind him to s <where he remained sick> until the 18th. he left his wife with a babe  only ten days old and all his children sick unable to wait upon each other.
I returned home this evening.
15 September 1839 • Sunday
<15> Sunday 15. I was visiting the sick.
16–17 September 1839 • Monday–Tuesday
<16> Monday and Tuesday 16. and 17 was engaged in arranging the Town lots
18 September 1839 • Wednesday
<18> Wednesday 18 Went to Iowa Territory. <Elders and left Sister [Vilate Murray] Kimball  and all her children sick except little Heber, went 13 miles on their journey towards England, and were left at bro. Duel’s, who lived in a small Cabin near the Railway Between   & they were so feeble as to be unable to carry their trunks into the house without the assistance of Sister Duel who received them kindly, prepared a bed for  them to lie on and made them a cup of tea.>
19 September 1839 • Thursday
<19> Thursday 19 I returned this evening from  <Brother Duel carried Elders and in his waggon to , 16 miles, where another brother received them, and carried them to  Father mikesell’s near about 20 miles, the fatigue of this day was too much for their feeble health, they were prostrated and  obliged to tarry a few days to recruit.>
20–21 September 1839 • Friday–Saturday
<20> Friday and Saturday 20 and 21 at home, attending to domestic and Church business
21 September 1839 • Saturday
<21   starts  for England> Elder , , and started for England  and upset their Waggon on the bank of the , before they got out of sight of   and were so weak they could not get up— and   had to lift them in again— soon after some Gentlemen met them  and asked, who had been robbing the burying Ground— so miserable was  their appearance through sickness.
22 September 1839 • Sunday
<22> Sunday 22 I presided at the meeting, and spake concerning the other  Comforter &c— <as I had previously taught the Twelve> This week I spent in transacting various business at home  except when visiting the sick, who are in general recovering, though some of  them but slowly.
25–27 September 1839 • Wednesday–Friday
<25> Wednesday 25 went to ’s— 26th. to Brother  Wilber’s— 27th. Brother Wilber carried Elders and to Pittsfield
29 September 1839 • Sunday
<29> Sunday 29— Held meeting at my own house, after others had spoken,  I spoke and explained concerning uselessness of preaching to the world  about great judgments, but rather to preach the simple gospel— Explained  Concerning the coming of the Son of Man &c— that all will be raised to  meet him, but the righteous will remain with him in the cloud, whilst  all the proud and all that do wickedly will have to return to the Earth,  and suffer his vengeance, which he will take upon them, this is the second  death &c— Also that it is a false idea that the Saints will escape all [p. 967]
September 11 is fallen, is fallen.” There has quite a number of families gathered up here already, and we anticipate a continuance, especially as upon enquiry we have found that we have not had more than a ratio of sickness here, notwithstanding the trials we have had, and the hardships to which we have been exposed. Calculating as we do, upon the mercy and power of God in our behalf we hope to persevere on in every good and useful work even unto the end, that when we come to be tried in the balance, we may not be found wanting. With all good wishes and prayers for the temporal, and eternal salvation of yourself and your family, as well as of all the honest in heart over the face of the Earth— We remain Sir, with sincerity your friends and brethren— Joseph Smith Junr.” addressed to “ Esqre. , Geauga Co., Ohio.”
13 September 1839 • Friday
13 Friday 13th. I left home for Brother s place—
14 September 1839 • Saturday
14 starts for England Saturday 14. President started from his house at , for England his health was very poor, he was unable to go thirty rods to the without assistance, after he had crossed the Ferry, he got Brother to carry him on his horse Behind him to s where he remained sick until the 18th. he left his wife with a babe only ten days old and all his children sick unable to wait upon each other.
I returned home this evening.
15 September 1839 • Sunday
15 Sunday 15. I was visiting the sick.
16–17 September 1839 • Monday–Tuesday
16 Monday and Tuesday 16. and 17 was engaged in arranging the Town lots
18 September 1839 • Wednesday
18 Wednesday 18 Went to Iowa Territory. Elders and left Sister [Vilate Murray] Kimball and all her children sick except little Heber, went 13 miles on their journey towards England, and were left at bro. Duel’s, who lived in a small Cabin near the Railway Between & they were so feeble as to be unable to carry their trunks into the house without the assistance of Sister Duel who received them kindly, prepared a bed for them to lie on and made them a cup of tea.
19 September 1839 • Thursday
19 Thursday 19 I returned this evening from Brother Duel carried Elders and in his waggon to , 16 miles, where another brother received them, and carried them to Father mikesell’s near about 20 miles, the fatigue of this day was too much for their feeble health, they were prostrated and obliged to tarry a few days to recruit.
20–21 September 1839 • Friday–Saturday
20 Friday and Saturday 20 and 21 at home, attending to domestic and Church business
21 September 1839 • Saturday
21 starts for England Elder , , and started for England and upset their Waggon on the bank of the , before they got out of sight of and were so weak they could not get up— and had to lift them in again— soon after some Gentlemen met them and asked, who had been robbing the burying Ground— so miserable was their appearance through sickness.
22 September 1839 • Sunday
22 Sunday 22 I presided at the meeting, and spake concerning the other Comforter &c— as I had previously taught the Twelve This week I spent in transacting various business at home except when visiting the sick, who are in general recovering, though some of them but slowly.
25–27 September 1839 • Wednesday–Friday
25 Wednesday 25 went to ’s— 26th. to Brother Wilber’s— 27th. Brother Wilber carried Elders and to Pittsfield
29 September 1839 • Sunday
29 Sunday 29— Held meeting at my own house, after others had spoken, I spoke and explained concerning uselessness of preaching to the world about great judgments, but rather to preach the simple gospel— Explained Concerning the coming of the Son of Man &c— — Also that it is a false idea that the Saints will escape all [p. 967]
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