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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<December 15> of Joseph Smith Junr., , and during their absence at — Elder , <my scribe> having died, <it was> voted that debts contracted for building his house be settled: also approved of Brothers Annis,Bozier and Edmunds building a Water Mill, adjoining the .
16 December 1839 • Monday
<16> Monday 16— returned to Hamilton—
18 December 1839 • Wednesday
<18> Wednesday 18 Elders , and sailed from for England—
20 December 1839 • Friday
<20> Friday 20. went to Eaton, to see his Cousins Fitch, Salmon, and Phinehas Brigham— [HC 4:46]
For particulars of our proceedings while at , see my letters and s to friends at ; or , as the place is now frequently called—
21 December 1839 • Saturday
<21.> Saturday 21 I arrived in , direct from by the Rail Road, where I spent several days preaching and visiting, from house to house, among the brethren and others.
22 December 1839 • Sunday
<22> Sunday 22
, Hancock Co. Illinois December 22. 1839— Dear — In consequence of the absence of my brother Joseph, your letter has come into my hands, to which I intend to reply and give such instructions and advise you, respecting the matters and things of which you write, as I feel led by the Spirit of the Lord— I was truly glad to hear of the prosperity of the Churches, in and about the vicinity of — truly these things are pleasing to the Saints, and I presume to none more so than yourself who was the instrument in the hands of God of planting the standard of truth, in those regions, around which so many are now rallying. You express a desire to have the Book of Mormon &c printed in &c &c and have taken some steps towards accomplishing that object. As respects this matter I would say, that it is one of great importance, and should be properly considered. Not only is the City of destitute of this Book, but there is truly a famine throughout the Union, and another large Edition is certainly required, But, at the same time I cannot give any encouragement for the publication of the same, other than at this place or, where it can come out under the immediate inspection of Joseph and his Councillors, so, that no one may be chargeable with any mistakes that may occur; I want the Books we print here should be a standard to all nations in which they may be printed, and to all tongues into which the same may be translated. Again, as this place is appointed a Stake and a place of gathering for the Saints, I think that every facility should be rendered it, in order that the Saints may be able to accomplish the great works which have to be performed in this generation. I should therefore strongly advise, yea, urge you, and all the Elders of Israel, when they meet with those who have means. and a disposition to forward this work— to send them to this place, where they may receive Council from time to time— If when Brothers Joseph, and return we should deem it pru[HC 4:47]dent to avail ourselves of the facilities offered in for re-printing [p. 1003]
December 15 of Joseph Smith Junr., , and during their absence at — Elder , my scribe having died, it was voted that debts contracted for building his house be settled: also approved of Brothers Annis,Bozier and Edmunds building a Water Mill, adjoining the .
16 December 1839 • Monday
16 Monday 16— returned to Hamilton—
18 December 1839 • Wednesday
18 Wednesday 18 Elders , and sailed from for England—
20 December 1839 • Friday
20 Friday 20. went to Eaton, to see his Cousins Fitch, Salmon, and Phinehas Brigham— [HC 4:46]
For particulars of our proceedings while at , see my letters and s to friends at ; or , as the place is now frequently called—
21 December 1839 • Saturday
21. Saturday 21 I arrived in , direct from by the Rail Road, where I spent several days preaching and visiting, from house to house, among the brethren and others.
22 December 1839 • Sunday
22 Sunday 22
, Hancock Co. Illinois December 22. 1839— Dear — In consequence of the absence of my brother Joseph, your letter has come into my hands, to which I intend to reply and give such instructions and advise you, respecting the matters and things of which you write, as I feel led by the Spirit of the Lord— I was truly glad to hear of the prosperity of the Churches, in and about the vicinity of — truly these things are pleasing to the Saints, and I presume to none more so than yourself who was the instrument in the hands of God of planting the standard of truth, in those regions, around which so many are now rallying. You express a desire to have the Book of Mormon &c printed in &c &c and have taken some steps towards accomplishing that object. As respects this matter I would say, that it is one of great importance, and should be properly considered. Not only is the City of destitute of this Book, but there is truly a famine throughout the Union, and another large Edition is certainly required, But, at the same time I cannot give any encouragement for the publication of the same, other than at this place or, where it can come out under the immediate inspection of Joseph and his Councillors, so, that no one may be chargeable with any mistakes that may occur; I want the Books we print here should be a standard to all nations in which they may be printed, and to all tongues into which the same may be translated. Again, as this place is appointed a Stake and a place of gathering for the Saints, I think that every facility should be rendered it, in order that the Saints may be able to accomplish the great works which have to be performed in this generation. I should therefore strongly advise, yea, urge you, and all the Elders of Israel, when they meet with those who have means. and a disposition to forward this work— to send them to this place, where they may receive Council from time to time— If when Brothers Joseph, and return we should deem it pru[HC 4:47]dent to avail ourselves of the facilities offered in for re-printing [p. 1003]
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