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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<March 10> the Station we hold. The Kings of the Earth will have to give an account to God for their conduct in a kingly capacity. Kings are heads of nations, Governors are heads of Provinces, so are fathers or husbands, governors of their own houses, and should act accordingly. Heads of families should always take the charge of family worship, and call their family together at a seasonable hour, and not wait for every person to get through with all they may have to say or do. If it were my prerogative to adopt a plan for family prayer it would be the following:— Call your family or household together every morning and evening previous to coming to the Table, and bow before the Lord to offer up your thanksgivings for his mercies and providential care of you— Let the head of the family dictate, I mean the man, not the woman. If an Elder should happen to be present, the head of the house can call upon him if he chooses so to do, and not wait for a stranger to take the lead at such times— by so doing we shall obtain the favor of our heavenly Father, and it will have a tendency of teaching our children to walk in the way they should go,— which may God grant for Christ’s sake. Amen— .”
< issued the following Commision—>
, Governor of the State of , To all to whom these presents shall come— Greeting: Know ye, That Joseph Smith having been duly elected to the Office of Lieut. Genl. Nauvoo Legion, of the — — — — — — — — — — Militia of the State of , I, , Governor of said , for, and on behalf of, the People of said , do commission him Lieutenant Genl. <of the> Nauvoo Legion — — — — — — — — —, to take rank from the fifth day of February 1841. He is, therefore, carefully and diligently to discharge the duties, of said office, by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging; and I do strictly require all Officers and soldiers [HC 4:309] under his command to be obedient to his orders; and he is to obey such orders and directions as he shall receive from time to time, from the Commander-in-Chief, or his Superior officer.
Seal
In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the Great Seal of to be hereunto affixed. Done at , this 10th. day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one, and of the Independence of the , the sixty fifth.
By the Governor Secretary of State.”
<The commission was endorsed on the back as follows:>
“Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion, City of , Ill. March 15th. 1841 Oath of Office administered by me, the day and year above written. , Major General of the Nauvoo Legion.”
11 March 1841 • Thursday
<11> Thursday 11. Elders , , and met in
12 March 1841 • Friday
<12> <Friday 12. The Steamship “President” left for >
13 March 1841 • Saturday
<13> <Saturday 13 The “President” Steamship, last seen by Captn. Cole of the Packet Ship “Orpheus.” in a most terrific storm.>
15 March 1841 • Monday
<15> Monday— I attended the City Council— and took part in the discussion concerning Mr. [John] Annis’ Mill in the South West part of the .
<I copy the following from the Times and Seasons of this day>
Let us look for a moment at the “portentuous omens” which are enumerated by political demagogues to serve political purposes; for instance, during the [p. 1171]
March 10 the Station we hold. The Kings of the Earth will have to give an account to God for their conduct in a kingly capacity. Kings are heads of nations, Governors are heads of Provinces, so are fathers or husbands, governors of their own houses, and should act accordingly. Heads of families should always take the charge of family worship, and call their family together at a seasonable hour, and not wait for every person to get through with all they may have to say or do. If it were my prerogative to adopt a plan for family prayer it would be the following:— Call your family or household together every morning and evening previous to coming to the Table, and bow before the Lord to offer up your thanksgivings for his mercies and providential care of you— Let the head of the family dictate, I mean the man, not the woman. If an Elder should happen to be present, the head of the house can call upon him if he chooses so to do, and not wait for a stranger to take the lead at such times— by so doing we shall obtain the favor of our heavenly Father, and it will have a tendency of teaching our children to walk in the way they should go,— which may God grant for Christ’s sake. Amen— .”
issued the following Commision—
, Governor of the State of , To all to whom these presents shall come— Greeting: Know ye, That Joseph Smith having been duly elected to the Office of Lieut. Genl. Nauvoo Legion, of the — — — — — — — — — — Militia of the State of , I, , Governor of said , for, and on behalf of, the People of said , do commission him Lieutenant Genl. of the Nauvoo Legion — — — — — — — — —, to take rank from the fifth day of February 1841. He is, therefore, carefully and diligently to discharge the duties, of said office, by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging; and I do strictly require all Officers and soldiers [HC 4:309] under his command to be obedient to his orders; and he is to obey such orders and directions as he shall receive from time to time, from the Commander-in-Chief, or his Superior officer.
Seal
In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the Great Seal of to be hereunto affixed. Done at , this 10th. day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one, and of the Independence of the , the sixty fifth.
By the Governor Secretary of State.”
The commission was endorsed on the back as follows:
“Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion, City of , Ill. March 15th. 1841 Oath of Office administered by me, the day and year above written. , Major General of the Nauvoo Legion.”
11 March 1841 • Thursday
11 Thursday 11. Elders , , and met in
12 March 1841 • Friday
12 Friday 12. The Steamship “President” left for
13 March 1841 • Saturday
13 Saturday 13 The “President” Steamship, last seen by Captn. Cole of the Packet Ship “Orpheus.” in a most terrific storm.
15 March 1841 • Monday
15 Monday— I attended the City Council— and took part in the discussion concerning Mr. John Annis’ Mill in the South West part of the .
I copy the following from the Times and Seasons of this day
Let us look for a moment at the “portentuous omens” which are enumerated by political demagogues to serve political purposes; for instance, during the [p. 1171]
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