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

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<April 9> to be our agent and Representative in foreign lands, to visit the cities of  London, Amsterdam, Constantinople and ; and also other places that  he may deem expedient, and converse with the priests, rulers and Elders of the  Jews, and obtain from them all the information possible, and communicate  the same to some principal paper for publication, that it may have a general  circulation throughout the . As has willingly and cheerfully  accepted the appointment to become our Servant, and the servant of the public  in distant and foreign countries for Christ’s sake, we do confidently recommend  him to all religious and christian people, and to gentlemen and ladies, making  no profession, as a worthy member of society, possessing much zeal to promote  the happiness of mankind, fully believing that they will be forward to render  him all the pecuniary aid he needs, to accomplish this laborious and  hazardous mission for the general good of the human family. Ministers  of every denomination, upon whom . shall call, are requested to hold  up his hands and aid him by their influence, with an assurance that such as do  this, shall have the prayers and blessings of a poor and an afflicted people whose blood has flowed to test the  depths of their sincerity, and to crimson the face of freedom’s soil with Martyrs blood. is instructed by this  conference to transmit to this country nothing but simple facts for publication, entirely disconnected with any peculiar  views of theology, leaving each class to make their own comments, and draw their own inferences. Given under our hands  <at the time and place before mentioned, Joseph Smith Jr. Chairman, , Clerk.”>
So emaciated was President , at this time, from his long sickness  and journey that when returned home, this day, from a  Mission to Clitheroe, and found him in his room he did not know him.

12 April 1840 • Sunday

<12> Sunday 12 Several of Twelve bore their public testimony to the Gospel <in the Cockpit Preston.>
The High Council of met at my house, when I proposed that Brother   go East with to settle some business transactions of  the Church, which the Council sanctioned, and voted “that President Joseph Smith  Junr. make the necessary credentials for and ”—

13 April 1840 • Monday

<13> Monday 13. From the second of October 1839 to this date there have been  145 Shocks of Earthquakes in Scotland reported by Mr. Milne to the Royal Society  of Edinburgh. Some of these shocks were sufficient to alter the natural levels  of the ground more than two degrees, and some witnesses thought four degrees,  and cause houses to rock like boats on the Sea—

14 April 1840 • Tuesday

<14> Tuesday 14 A council of the Twelve, namely , , , , <> , and , was  held at the house of in Preston England. when  was ordained to the Apostleship (agreeably to the Revelation) by ,  under the hands of the Quorum present— Other business was transacted, as also  on the following days, all which may be seen by reference to ’s  letter of the 17th. instant.

15 April 1840 • Wednesday

<15> Wednesday 15 Elder left for

16 April 1840 • Thursday

<16> Thursday 16 Elder met with at

17 April 1840 • Friday

<17> Friday 17
“Preston England April 17— 1840. To the Saints in the — For the Comfort of the Church in general — — — — — —  I attempt to address a few lines to you, to let you know where we are, [p. 1048]
April 9 to be our agent and Representative in foreign lands, to visit the cities of London, Amsterdam, Constantinople and ; and also other places that he may deem expedient, and converse with the priests, rulers and Elders of the Jews, and obtain from them all the information possible, and communicate the same to some principal paper for publication, that it may have a general circulation throughout the . As has willingly and cheerfully accepted the appointment to become our Servant, and the servant of the public in distant and foreign countries for Christ’s sake, we do confidently recommend him to all religious and christian people, and to gentlemen and ladies, making no profession, as a worthy member of society, possessing much zeal to promote the happiness of mankind, fully believing that they will be forward to render him all the pecuniary aid he needs, to accomplish this laborious and hazardous mission for the general good of the human family. Ministers of every denomination, upon whom . shall call, are requested to hold up his hands and aid him by their influence, with an assurance that such as do this, shall have the prayers and blessings of a poor and an afflicted people whose blood has flowed to test the depths of their sincerity, and to crimson the face of freedom’s soil with Martyrs blood. is instructed by this conference to transmit to this country nothing but simple facts for publication, entirely disconnected with any peculiar views of theology, leaving each class to make their own comments, and draw their own inferences. Given under our hands at the time and place before mentioned, Joseph Smith Jr. Chairman, , Clerk.”
So emaciated was President , at this time, from his long sickness and journey that when returned home, this day, from a Mission to Clitheroe, and found him in his room he did not know him.

12 April 1840 • Sunday

12 Sunday 12 Several of Twelve bore their public testimony to the Gospel in the Cockpit Preston.
The High Council of met at my house, when I proposed that Brother go East with to settle some business transactions of the Church, which the Council sanctioned, and voted “that President Joseph Smith Junr. make the necessary credentials for and ”—

13 April 1840 • Monday

13 Monday 13. From the second of October 1839 to this date there have been 145 Shocks of Earthquakes in Scotland reported by Mr. Milne to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Some of these shocks were sufficient to alter the natural levels of the ground more than two degrees, and some witnesses thought four degrees, and cause houses to rock like boats on the Sea—

14 April 1840 • Tuesday

14 Tuesday 14 A council of the Twelve, namely , , , , , and , was held at the house of in Preston England. when was ordained to the Apostleship (agreeably to the Revelation) by , under the hands of the Quorum present— Other business was transacted, as also on the following days, all which may be seen by reference to ’s letter of the 17th. instant.

15 April 1840 • Wednesday

15 Wednesday 15 Elder left for

16 April 1840 • Thursday

16 Thursday 16 Elder met with at

17 April 1840 • Friday

17 Friday 17
“Preston England April 17— 1840. To the Saints in the — For the Comfort of the Church in general — — — — — — I attempt to address a few lines to you, to let you know where we are, [p. 1048]
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