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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<December 5> being contested in the Delegation— They have this day succeeded  in electing to the Chair pro tem; but whether they will  get their Speaker and Clerk chosen is yet unknown, as there is a great  deal of wind blown off on the occasion on each day. There is such  an itching disposition to display their Oratory on the most trivial  occasions and so much ettquette, bowing and scraping, twisting  and turning to make a display of their witticism that it seems  to us rather a display of folly and show more than substance and  gravity such as becomes a great nation like ours (however there  are some exceptions) a warm feeling has been manifested in the  discussion of the house to day, and it seems as much confusion  as though the nation had already began to be vexed— We came  with one of the members from Wheeling to this place, who  was drunk but once, and that however was most of the time; there  was but one day but what he could navigate, and that day he was  heeled over, so he could eat no dinner— The horses ran away  with the stage, they ran about three miles, — — — — — — — — — — — —  — — — — — — — — —, brother Joseph climbed out of the stage, got the  lines and stopped the horses, and also saved the life of a lady and  child. He was highly commended by the whole company for his  great exertions and presence of mind through the whole affair.   jumped out of the stage at a favorable moment,  just before they stopped with a view to assist in stopping them,  and was but slightly injured— We were not known to the  Stage Company until after our arrival. In our interview with  the , he interrogated us wherein we differed in our religion  from the other religions of the day. Brother Joseph said we differed  in mode of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying  on of hands. We considered that all other considerations were  contained in the gift of the Holy Ghost, and we deemed it  unnecessary to make many words in preaching the Gospel to him;  Suffice it to say he has got our testimony— We watch the Post  Office — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — , but have received  no letters from our sections of the Country— Write instantly—  Yours with respect J. S. Jr.[Remainder of page blank.] [p. 1000]
December 5 being contested in the Delegation— They have this day succeeded in electing to the Chair pro tem; but whether they will get their Speaker and Clerk chosen is yet unknown, as there is a great deal of wind blown off on the occasion on each day. There is such an itching disposition to display their Oratory on the most trivial occasions and so much ettquette, bowing and scraping, twisting and turning to make a display of their witticism that it seems to us rather a display of folly and show more than substance and gravity such as becomes a great nation like ours (however there are some exceptions) a warm feeling has been manifested in the discussion of the house to day, and it seems as much confusion as though the nation had already began to be vexed— We came with one of the members from Wheeling to this place, who was drunk but once, and that however was most of the time; there was but one day but what he could navigate, and that day he was heeled over, so he could eat no dinner— The horses ran away with the stage, they ran about three miles, — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —, brother Joseph climbed out of the stage, got the lines and stopped the horses, and also saved the life of a lady and child. He was highly commended by the whole company for his great exertions and presence of mind through the whole affair. jumped out of the stage at a favorable moment, just before they stopped with a view to assist in stopping them, and was but slightly injured— We were not known to the Stage Company until after our arrival. In our interview with the , he interrogated us wherein we differed in our religion from the other religions of the day. Brother Joseph said we differed in mode of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. We considered that all other considerations were contained in the gift of the Holy Ghost, and we deemed it unnecessary to make many words in preaching the Gospel to him; Suffice it to say he has got our testimony— We watch the Post Office — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — , but have received no letters from our sections of the Country— Write instantly— Yours with respect J. S. Jr.— [Remainder of page blank.] [p. 1000]
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