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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<March 15> present Session of Congress, the Chandeliers in the Senate, weighing about 1500 lbs said to have cost $5,000 came tumbling down and broke into atoms. Again, it is said that “the scroll held in the talons of the Eagle placed over the Chair Of the Presiding officer of the Senate of the United States, and bearing upon it the motto of the Union— E pluribus Unum— is stated to have fallen to the Earth; and on the same day the hand of the figure representing the Goddess of Liberty, standing in front of the Capitol of the , holding in it our glorious constitution, broke off, and came tumbling down.” Again, “the individual elevated to the honored place of Chief Magistrate of this great Republic starts from his home for the National Capitol— An Earthquake, as the journals friendly to him tell us, shakes the Earth at his setting out from the West! He crosses the mountains and arrives at Baltimore, and an explosion of the Banks in that City and — the “Great regulator of the Currency” taking the lead— salutes him! Again, during the progress of the imposing celebration, got up by his friends and followers, in a style of gorgeousness which Royalty itself might envy, a cord, which is stretched by them across the broad avenue leading from the Presidential Mansion to the Capitol, with the banners of the several States that voted for him strung upon it, breaks in the Centre; and the State emblems, dividing to the North, and to the South, are thrown to the ground, and draggled in the mire.” These are some of the principle “ill omens” which are quoted in the political journals, but we do not believe that it is in the province of any man to say that these “omens” (if such they are) are designed for political data to subserve the interest of either party— We believe that God “is no respector to (parties) persons” and if the accounts given are correct, (and they are well authenticated) we are ready to acknowledge, that we are credulous enough to believe they portend coming events, and will take rank in the signs of the Son of Man. That the explosion of banks should have any thing to do, or part to act in this tragedy, no doubt would be thought strange: but what is better calculated to produce “a distress of nations with perplexity,” than the monied power of the world? What is better calculated to make “men’s hearts fail them for fear” &c than to leave them pennyless? Look at the excitement which prevails throughout the , in consequence of the late failure of the Bank, “the great regulator of the Currency:” It is feared the institution is so rotten at heart, that no healing balm can remove the disease; and it has produced a general Consternation. Then many of the daughters following the example set by their mother <bank,>, have increased the alarm to an amazing degree, and the consequences are exceedingly feared: consequently, there is no doubt but banks will perform their part in the great theatre of the world to bring about the purposes of God, preparatory to the second advent of Christ.
16 March 1841 • Tuesday
<Elder attended a Conference at Gadfield Elm, 408 members represented in 18 branches.>
<16> <Elder attended a Conference — — — — — — — — — — — at Macclesfield <which branch contains 91 members, 1 elder, 6 priests, 5 teachers, & 3 deacons;> in consequence of incessant preaching his lungs were much affected.> [p. 1172]
March 15 present Session of Congress, the Chandeliers in the Senate, weighing about 1500 lbs said to have cost $5,000 came tumbling down and broke into atoms. Again, it is said that “the scroll held in the talons of the Eagle placed over the Chair Of the Presiding officer of the Senate of the United States, and bearing upon it the motto of the Union— E pluribus Unum— is stated to have fallen to the Earth; and on the same day the hand of the figure representing the Goddess of Liberty, standing in front of the Capitol of the , holding in it our glorious constitution, broke off, and came tumbling down.” Again, “the individual elevated to the honored place of Chief Magistrate of this great Republic starts from his home for the National Capitol— An Earthquake, as the journals friendly to him tell us, shakes the Earth at his setting out from the West! He crosses the mountains and arrives at Baltimore, and an explosion of the Banks in that City and — the “Great regulator of the Currency” taking the lead— salutes him! Again, during the progress of the imposing celebration, got up by his friends and followers, in a style of gorgeousness which Royalty itself might envy, a cord, which is stretched by them across the broad avenue leading from the Presidential Mansion to the Capitol, with the banners of the several States that voted for him strung upon it, breaks in the Centre; and the State emblems, dividing to the North, and to the South, are thrown to the ground, and draggled in the mire.” These are some of the principle “ill omens” which are quoted in the political journals, but we do not believe that it is in the province of any man to say that these “omens” (if such they are) are designed for political data to subserve the interest of either party— We believe that God “is no respector to (parties) persons” and if the accounts given are correct, (and they are well authenticated) we are ready to acknowledge, that we are credulous enough to believe they portend coming events, and will take rank in the signs of the Son of Man. That the explosion of banks should have any thing to do, or part to act in this tragedy, no doubt would be thought strange: but what is better calculated to produce “a distress of nations with perplexity,” than the monied power of the world? What is better calculated to make “men’s hearts fail them for fear” &c than to leave them pennyless? Look at the excitement which prevails throughout the , in consequence of the late failure of the Bank, “the great regulator of the Currency:” It is feared the institution is so rotten at heart, that no healing balm can remove the disease; and it has produced a general Consternation. Then many of the daughters following the example set by their mother bank,, have increased the alarm to an amazing degree, and the consequences are exceedingly feared: consequently, there is no doubt but banks will perform their part in the great theatre of the world to bring about the purposes of God, preparatory to the second advent of Christ.
16 March 1841 • Tuesday
Elder attended a Conference at Gadfield Elm, 408 members represented in 18 branches.
16 Elder attended a Conference — — — — — — — — — — — at Macclesfield which branch contains 91 members, 1 elder, 6 priests, 5 teachers, & 3 deacons; in consequence of incessant preaching his lungs were much affected. [p. 1172]
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