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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<December 20> alike to us; but we shall go for our friends, our tried friends, and the cause of  human liberty which is the cause of God. We are aware that “divide and  conquer” is the watchword with many, but with us it cannot be done— we  love liberty too well— we have suffered too much to be easily duped— we  have no cat’s paws amongst us. We voted for General Harrison because  we loved him— he was a gallant officer and a tried statesman; but  this is no reason why we should always be governed by his friends—  he is now dead, and all his friends are not ours. We claim  the privileges of freemen, and shall act accordingly. is a  Master Spirit, and his friends are our friends— we are willing to  cast our banners in the air, and fight by his side in the cause of  humanity, and equal rights— the cause of liberty and the law. Snyder  and Moore are his friends— they are ours. These men are free from the  prejudices and superstitions of the age, and such men we love, and  such men will ever receive our support, be their political predilections  what they may. Snyder and Moore, are known to be our friends; their  friendship is vouched for by those whom we have tried. We will  never be justly charged with the sin of ingratitude— they have served  us, and we will serve them. Joseph Smith— Lieutenant General  of the Nauvoo Legion”—

21 December 1841 • Tuesday

<21> Tuesday 21. <I received from> <a letter on business; to which I wrote the following  reply.> <See addenda Book page 47>.

22 December 1841 • Wednesday

<22> <Wednesday 22 (see addenda page 1. note a.)>

24 December 1841 • Friday

<24> Friday 24 This evening I had a consultation with and about establishing an Agency in England for the Cheap and expeditious  Conveyance of the Saints to , and for our convenience in Merchandize  <See addenda book page 46>

25 December 1841 • Saturday

<25> Saturday 25 being Christmas, [blank] , , , , , and their Wives, and   spent the evening at s, and after supper   gave each of the twelve <apostles> a fractional lot of Land lying on the  West side of his second addition to
<See margin>
<25th. At a Conference held in Batavia, Gennessee County, N.Y. 11 Branches comprising 15 Elders, 7 Priests, 7 Teachers, 4 Deacons, and 207 Members were represented.>
<A Conference met in the Universalist Church, in Hope, Waldo Co., Maine, when Fox Islands 5 Elders, 1 Priest, 2 Teachers, 1 Deacon, & 100 members. also the Main Land with 6 Elders, 2 Priests, 3 Teachers, 1 Deacon & 68 members  were represented, Otis Shaw Prest. and Calvin C. Pendleton— Clerk— (See Alpheus Gifford’s history pasted on next paage)>

26 December 1841 • Sunday

<26> Sunday 26 The public Meeting of the Saints was at my — — — — — —  — — — house <this> — — — — evening — — — — — and after Patriarch and  Elder had spoken on the principles of faith and the Gifts of the Spirit,  <I> — — — — — — — read the 13th. chapter of 1st. Corinthians <Also> a part of the 14th.  chapter, and remarked that the gift of tongues was necessary in the Church; but  that if Satan could not speak in tongues he could not tempt a Dutchman, or  any other nation, but the English, for he can tempt the Englishman, for he has  tempted me and I am an Englishman; but the Gift of Tongues by the power of  the Holy Ghost, in the Church, is for the benefit of the Servants of God to preach to  unbelievers, as on the days of Pentecost, when devout men from every nation shall  assemble to hear the things of God, let the Elders preach to them in their own mother  tongue, whether it is German, French, Spanish, or Irish, or any other, and let those  interpret who understand the Language spoken, in their Mother Tongue, and this is  what the Apostle meant in 1st. Corinthians 14. 27. [p. 1266]
December 20 alike to us; but we shall go for our friends, our tried friends, and the cause of human liberty which is the cause of God. We are aware that “divide and conquer” is the watchword with many, but with us it cannot be done— we love liberty too well— we have suffered too much to be easily duped— we have no cat’s paws amongst us. We voted for General Harrison because we loved him— he was a gallant officer and a tried statesman; but this is no reason why we should always be governed by his friends— he is now dead, and all his friends are not ours. We claim the privileges of freemen, and shall act accordingly. is a Master Spirit, and his friends are our friends— we are willing to cast our banners in the air, and fight by his side in the cause of humanity, and equal rights— the cause of liberty and the law. Snyder and Moore are his friends— they are ours. These men are free from the prejudices and superstitions of the age, and such men we love, and such men will ever receive our support, be their political predilections what they may. Snyder and Moore, are known to be our friends; their friendship is vouched for by those whom we have tried. We will never be justly charged with the sin of ingratitude— they have served us, and we will serve them. Joseph Smith— Lieutenant General of the Nauvoo Legion”—

21 December 1841 • Tuesday

21 Tuesday 21. I received from a letter on business; to which I wrote the following reply. See addenda Book page 47.

22 December 1841 • Wednesday

22 Wednesday 22 (see addenda page 1. note a.)

24 December 1841 • Friday

24 Friday 24 This evening I had a consultation with and about establishing an Agency in England for the Cheap and expeditious Conveyance of the Saints to , and for our convenience in Merchandize See addenda book page 46

25 December 1841 • Saturday

25 Saturday 25 being Christmas, [blank] , , , , , and their Wives, and spent the evening at s, and after supper gave each of the twelve apostles a fractional lot of Land lying on the West side of his second addition to
See margin
25th. At a Conference held in Batavia, Gennessee County, N.Y. 11 Branches comprising 15 Elders, 7 Priests, 7 Teachers, 4 Deacons, and 207 Members were represented.
A Conference met in the Universalist Church, in Hope, Waldo Co., Maine, when Fox Islands 5 Elders, 1 Priest, 2 Teachers, 1 Deacon, & 100 members. also the Main Land with 6 Elders, 2 Priests, 3 Teachers, 1 Deacon & 68 members were represented, Otis Shaw Prest. and Calvin C. Pendleton— Clerk— (See Alpheus Gifford’s history pasted on next paage)

26 December 1841 • Sunday

26 Sunday 26 The public Meeting of the Saints was at my — — — — — — — — — house this — — — — evening — — — — — and after Patriarch and Elder had spoken on the principles of faith and the Gifts of the Spirit, I — — — — — — — read the 13th. chapter of 1st. Corinthians Also a part of the 14th. chapter, and remarked that the gift of tongues was necessary in the Church; but that if Satan could not speak in tongues he could not tempt a Dutchman, or any other nation, but the English, for he can tempt the Englishman, for he has tempted me and I am an Englishman; but the Gift of Tongues by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the Church, is for the benefit of the Servants of God to preach to unbelievers, as on the days of Pentecost, when devout men from every nation shall assemble to hear the things of God, let the Elders preach to them in their own mother tongue, whether it is German, French, Spanish, or Irish, or any other, and let those interpret who understand the Language spoken, in their Mother Tongue, and this is what the Apostle meant in 1st. Corinthians 14. 27. [p. 1266]
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