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

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28 September 1840 • Monday

<September 28> Monday 28 Extracts from ’s letter from
“Burlington Co. New Jersey  I left at the latter part of August, and came on up  the Ohio River as far as Wellsburgh. Va. I stopped with Father James. Here  I preached twice and baptized three persons. came on by Stage and Steam  Boats to : from thence took the Canal to Leechburgh, where I stopped  and preached to a small number of Saints, raised up by the instrumentality  of — all in good Spirits. As I left this place about nine o clock  in the morning, the most remarkable phenomenon occurred in the heavens  that I ever witnessed. There appeared two bright and luminous bodies, one  on the north and the other on the South side of the Sun: in length about ten  yards, inclining to a circle resembling a rainbow, about fifty yards distant  from the Sun; apparently east, — — — — — about twenty five yards, was a  body of light as brilliant, almost, as the Sun itself; and on the west, a great  distance from the Sun, appeared a white semicircle passing half way  round the horizon, and another crossing it at right angles, exhibiting a  scenery of the sublimest kind. It was a great wonder to the Passengers  on board the boat. Put this with the fact that the Jews are gathering home,  and also, that all Europe is in commotion, and on the eve of breaking out  in open hostilities; and also, the tree of liberty which has long flourished  in the Republican soil of , has been girdled, and her green foliage  which has shielded and protected the sons of oppression from the scorching  rays of despotic power, already begins to wither like the accursed fig tree.  What language do these speak to the Saints? “lift up your heads, for your  redemption draweth near.” I came on, and met with the Saints in  Chester County, Pa. and labored there about one week with Brother [Lorenzo] Barnes  where we added six to their number. I preached about one week in   and baptized twelve— came on to this place with brothers   and Barnes, and held a two days meeting at which sixteen were  baptized. I shall return to in a few days where I expect  to meet , and then, if the Lord will, after holding a few meetings  in this Country, we shall proceed on to , there take ship and sail  over the Seas. .” <see Addenda page 19.>

29 September 1840 • Tuesday

<29.> Elders < and > left London for the Manchester Conference.

3 October 1840 • Saturday

<October 3> Saturday
“Minutes of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ  of Latter Day Saints, held in , Hancock County, Illinois October 3rd. 1840.  The Conference was opened by prayer by President . Prest. Joseph Smith  — — — was then unanimously called to the Chair, and . <appointed> Clerk.  A letter from Elders [Samuel] Bent and , and one from Elder were then  read by the Clerk, which gave very satisfactory accounts of their mission. On  motion; resolved, that a Committee be appointed to ordain such as have recommends  to this Conference for ordination, and that , ,  , and , compose said Committee, and report their proceedings  before the conference closes. The president arose and stated that there had been several  depredations committed on the Citizens of , and thought it expedient that a [p. 1102]

28 September 1840 • Monday

September 28 Monday 28 Extracts from ’s letter from
“Burlington Co. New Jersey I left at the latter part of August, and came on up the Ohio River as far as Wellsburgh. Va. I stopped with Father James. Here I preached twice and baptized three persons. came on by Stage and Steam Boats to : from thence took the Canal to Leechburgh, where I stopped and preached to a small number of Saints, raised up by the instrumentality of — all in good Spirits. As I left this place about nine o clock in the morning, the most remarkable phenomenon occurred in the heavens that I ever witnessed. There appeared two bright and luminous bodies, one on the north and the other on the South side of the Sun: in length about ten yards, inclining to a circle resembling a rainbow, about fifty yards distant from the Sun; apparently east, — — — — — about twenty five yards, was a body of light as brilliant, almost, as the Sun itself; and on the west, a great distance from the Sun, appeared a white semicircle passing half way round the horizon, and another crossing it at right angles, exhibiting a scenery of the sublimest kind. It was a great wonder to the Passengers on board the boat. Put this with the fact that the Jews are gathering home, and also, that all Europe is in commotion, and on the eve of breaking out in open hostilities; and also, the tree of liberty which has long flourished in the Republican soil of , has been girdled, and her green foliage which has shielded and protected the sons of oppression from the scorching rays of despotic power, already begins to wither like the accursed fig tree. What language do these speak to the Saints? “lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth near.” I came on, and met with the Saints in Chester County, Pa. and labored there about one week with Brother [Lorenzo] Barnes where we added six to their number. I preached about one week in and baptized twelve— came on to this place with brothers and Barnes, and held a two days meeting at which sixteen were baptized. I shall return to in a few days where I expect to meet , and then, if the Lord will, after holding a few meetings in this Country, we shall proceed on to , there take ship and sail over the Seas. .” see Addenda page 19.

29 September 1840 • Tuesday

29. Elders and left London for the Manchester Conference.

3 October 1840 • Saturday

October 3 Saturday
“Minutes of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, held in , Hancock County, Illinois October 3rd. 1840. The Conference was opened by prayer by President . Prest. Joseph Smith — — — was then unanimously called to the Chair, and . appointed Clerk. A letter from Elders Samuel Bent and , and one from Elder were then read by the Clerk, which gave very satisfactory accounts of their mission. On motion; resolved, that a Committee be appointed to ordain such as have recommends to this Conference for ordination, and that , , , and , compose said Committee, and report their proceedings before the conference closes. The president arose and stated that there had been several depredations committed on the Citizens of , and thought it expedient that a [p. 1102]
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