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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<July 22> An interesting memorial concerning the Jews “to the Protestant Powers of Europe and ” signed and sealed in the 8th. of January 1839 may be found in the “Millenial Star pages 162. 163. 164. 165. [HC 4:167]
24 July 1840 • Friday
<24> Elder William Donaldson, member of the <British> army bound for the East Indies, writes from Chatham 24th. July “We go on board tomorrow. I have had a glorious vision about going into the Land of Egypt”—
25 July 1840 • Saturday
Ill. July 25, 1840 Revd. & Dear Friends— The last time I wrote you was during the pendency of your difficulties with the Missourians— You are aware that at that time I held the office of “Brigadier General of the Invincible Dragoons” of this , and proffered you my entire energies for your deliverance from a ruthless and savage, tho’ cowardly foe, but the Lord came to your rescue and saved you with a powerful arm; I am happy to find that you are now in a civilized land, and in the enjoyment of peace and happiness. Some months ago I resigned my office with an intention of removing to your and joining your people; but hitherto I have been prevented. I hope however to remove to and unite with your church next spring. I believe I should be much happier with you. I have many things to communicate which I would prefer doing orally, and I propose to meet you in on the first Monday in December next, as I shall be there at that time on and business, If I remove to I expect to follow my profession and to that end I enclose you a slip from the “Louisville Journal” to give you an idea of my professional standing On the first of this Month I was appointed to the Office of “Quarter [HC 4:168] Master General of the State of ” which office I expect to hold for some years, I hope you have been well. In haste. Write me immediately. Yours respectfully — To Messrs. Smith & .
27 July 1840 • Monday
<27.> “Quarter Master General’s Office, , Illinois July 27. 1840 To the Revds. & Joseph Smith Junr.— Respected Friends. I wrote you a few days ago from this place, but my great desire to be with you and your people prompts me to write again at this time ; and I hope it will not be considered obtrusive by friends whom I have always so highly esteemed as yourselves. At the last District and Circuit Court of the , holden at in June last I had the honor of being on the Grand Inquest of the for the District of , and hoped to have seen you there; but was quite disappointed. I attended the meeting of your people opposite Mr. Lowry’s Hotel but did not make myself known as I had no personal acquaintance in the Congregation— It would be my deliberate advice to you to concentrate all of your Church at one point— If with for its Commercial Emporium is to be that point, well— fix upon it, and let us co-operate with a general concerted action. You can rely upon me in any event. I am with you in Spirit, and will be in person as soon as circumstances permit, and immediately if it is your desire. Wealth is no material object with me; I desire to be happy and I am fully satisfied that I can enjoy myself better with your people with my present views and feelings than with any other. I hope that the time will soon come when your people will become my people and your God my God. At the time of your peril and bitter [p. 1085]
July 22 An interesting memorial concerning the Jews “to the Protestant Powers of Europe and ” signed and sealed in the 8th. of January 1839 may be found in the “Millenial Star pages 162. 163. 164. 165. [HC 4:167]
24 July 1840 • Friday
24 Elder William Donaldson, member of the British army bound for the East Indies, writes from Chatham 24th. July “We go on board tomorrow. I have had a glorious vision about going into the Land of Egypt”—
25 July 1840 • Saturday
Ill. July 25, 1840 Revd. & Dear Friends— The last time I wrote you was during the pendency of your difficulties with the Missourians— You are aware that at that time I held the office of “Brigadier General of the Invincible Dragoons” of this , and proffered you my entire energies for your deliverance from a ruthless and savage, tho’ cowardly foe, but the Lord came to your rescue and saved you with a powerful arm; I am happy to find that you are now in a civilized land, and in the enjoyment of peace and happiness. Some months ago I resigned my office with an intention of removing to your and joining your people; but hitherto I have been prevented. I hope however to remove to and unite with your church next spring. I believe I should be much happier with you. I have many things to communicate which I would prefer doing orally, and I propose to meet you in on the first Monday in December next, as I shall be there at that time on and business, If I remove to I expect to follow my profession and to that end I enclose you a slip from the “Louisville Journal” to give you an idea of my professional standing On the first of this Month I was appointed to the Office of “Quarter [HC 4:168] Master General of the State of ” which office I expect to hold for some years, I hope you have been well. In haste. Write me immediately. Yours respectfully — To Messrs. Smith & .
27 July 1840 • Monday
27. “Quarter Master General’s Office, , Illinois July 27. 1840 To the Revds. & Joseph Smith Junr.— Respected Friends. I wrote you a few days ago from this place, but my great desire to be with you and your people prompts me to write again at this time ; and I hope it will not be considered obtrusive by friends whom I have always so highly esteemed as yourselves. At the last District and Circuit Court of the , holden at in June last I had the honor of being on the Grand Inquest of the for the District of , and hoped to have seen you there; but was quite disappointed. I attended the meeting of your people opposite Mr. Lowry’s Hotel but did not make myself known as I had no personal acquaintance in the Congregation— It would be my deliberate advice to you to concentrate all of your Church at one point— If with for its Commercial Emporium is to be that point, well— fix upon it, and let us co-operate with a general concerted action. You can rely upon me in any event. I am with you in Spirit, and will be in person as soon as circumstances permit, and immediately if it is your desire. Wealth is no material object with me; I desire to be happy and I am fully satisfied that I can enjoy myself better with your people with my present views and feelings than with any other. I hope that the time will soon come when your people will become my people and your God my God. At the time of your peril and bitter [p. 1085]
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