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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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24 November 1841 • Wednesday

<24> Wednesday 24. Elder who sailed from , on the  Tyrean, with 204 Saints, arrived at with his Company, and Elders   and went to meet them and give such Counsel as their  Situation required.

26 November 1841 • Friday

<26.> Friday 26 Affidavit of
“Whereas it hath been intimated  to me by persons of credibility that there are persons in the surrounding  country, who profess to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter  Day Saints, who have been using their influence and endeavors to instil  unto the minds of good and worthy citizens in the State of , and  the adjoining States, that the First Presidency, and others in authority and  high standing in said Church, do sanction and approbate the members  of said Church in stealing property from those persons who do not belong  to said Church, and thereby to induce persons to aid and abet them in  the act of stealing, and other evil practices. I therefore, hereby disavow any  sanction or approbation by me, of the crime of theft— or any other evil  practice, in any person or persons whatever, whereby either the lives or property  of our fellow men may be unlawfully taken or molested: neither are such  things sanctioned or approbated by the First Presidency, or any other person  in authority or good standing in said Church, but such acts are altogether  in violation of the rules order and regulations of the Church, contrary to the  teachings given in said Church, and the laws of both God and Man.  I caution the unwary, who belong to the aforesaid Church, and all other  persons, against being duped, or led into any act or scheme which may  endanger their character, lives or property, or bring reproach upon the  Church; and I certify that I hold my person and property ready to  support the laws of the Land, in the detection of any person or persons  who may commit any breach of the same. To which I subscribe my  name and testify, this 26th. day of November 1841. .  Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th. day of November 1841.   J.P.”

27 November 1841 • Saturday

<27> <I attended City Council and presented a bill for an Ordinance in relation to Hawkers, Pedlars, Public shows, and exhibitions in order to prevent any immoral or obscene exhibition, which passed  the Council by unanimous vote.>

28 November 1841 • Sunday

<28> Sunday 28. I spent the day in Council with the Twelve <Apostles> at the house of   <conversing with them upon a variety of subjects. Bro was present, having been absent 4 years on a mission  to England. I told the brethren that the book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the key stone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God  by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.>

29 November 1841 • Monday

<29> Monday 29 I gave the following Affidavit and published it in the  Times and Seasons
“City of , Illinois, November 29. A.D. 1841. To the  Public. The transpiration of recent events makes it criminal for me to  remain longer silent. The tongue of the vile yet speaks, and sends forth the  poison of asps— the ears of the spoiler yet hear, and he puts forth his hands to  iniquity. It has been proclaimed upon the house top and in the secret  chamber, in the public walks and private circle, throughout the length and  breadth of this vast continent, that stealing by the Latter Day Saints has  received my approval; nay, that I have taught the doctrine, encouraged them in [p. 1255]
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24 November 1841 • Wednesday

24 Wednesday 24. Elder who sailed from , on the Tyrean, with 204 Saints, arrived at with his Company, and Elders and went to meet them and give such Counsel as their Situation required.

26 November 1841 • Friday

26. Friday 26 Affidavit of
“Whereas it hath been intimated to me by persons of credibility that there are persons in the surrounding country, who profess to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who have been using their influence and endeavors to instil unto the minds of good and worthy citizens in the State of , and the adjoining States, that the First Presidency, and others in authority and high standing in said Church, do sanction and approbate the members of said Church in stealing property from those persons who do not belong to said Church, and thereby to induce persons to aid and abet them in the act of stealing, and other evil practices. I therefore, hereby disavow any sanction or approbation by me, of the crime of theft— or any other evil practice, in any person or persons whatever, whereby either the lives or property of our fellow men may be unlawfully taken or molested: neither are such things sanctioned or approbated by the First Presidency, or any other person in authority or good standing in said Church, but such acts are altogether in violation of the rules order and regulations of the Church, contrary to the teachings given in said Church, and the laws of both God and Man. I caution the unwary, who belong to the aforesaid Church, and all other persons, against being duped, or led into any act or scheme which may endanger their character, lives or property, or bring reproach upon the Church; and I certify that I hold my person and property ready to support the laws of the Land, in the detection of any person or persons who may commit any breach of the same. To which I subscribe my name and testify, this 26th. day of November 1841. . Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th. day of November 1841. J.P.”

27 November 1841 • Saturday

27 I attended City Council and presented a bill for an Ordinance in relation to Hawkers, Pedlars, Public shows, and exhibitions in order to prevent any immoral or obscene exhibition, which passed the Council by unanimous vote.

28 November 1841 • Sunday

28 Sunday 28. I spent the day in Council with the Twelve Apostles at the house of conversing with them upon a variety of subjects. Bro was present, having been absent 4 years on a mission to England. I told the brethren that the book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the key stone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.

29 November 1841 • Monday

29 Monday 29 I gave the following Affidavit and published it in the Times and Seasons
“City of , Illinois, November 29. A.D. 1841. To the Public. The transpiration of recent events makes it criminal for me to remain longer silent. The tongue of the vile yet speaks, and sends forth the poison of asps— the ears of the spoiler yet hear, and he puts forth his hands to iniquity. It has been proclaimed upon the house top and in the secret chamber, in the public walks and private circle, throughout the length and breadth of this vast continent, that stealing by the Latter Day Saints has received my approval; nay, that I have taught the doctrine, encouraged them in [p. 1255]
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