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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<January 18> After transacting a variety of business, sleeping an hour from bodily infirmity,  I read for correction in the Book of Mormon, and debated in the evening with  the concerning the Lamanites and Negroes. for an extract of a  letter from Elder “Trieste January 1. and 18. 1842” see Millenial Star  page 166 &c.

19 January 1842 • Wednesday

<19> Wednesday 19 I wrote
“Dear Sir— By your reply of the 18th.  instant to my note of the 17th. I am led to conclude that you received my  communication in a manner altogether unintended by me, and that there  may be no misunderstanding between us, and that you may be satisfied  that I did not intend, and that I do not now intend any thing, only upon the  principles of the strictest integrity and uprightness before God, and do as I would  be done unto. I will state that I have become embarrassed in my operations  to a certain extent, and partly from a presentation of notes, which you, as  my Agent, had given for lands purchased in the Eastern States, they having  been sent to me. I have been obliged to cash them, and having no returns  from you to meet those demands, or even the trifling expences of your outfit—  it has placed me in rather an unpleasant situation, and having a  considerable amount of your Scrip on hand. enough as I supposed, to  counterbalance the debts due you, and leave a balance in my favor, to  some extent even if it were small, and as I was pressed for funds from  the causes above mentioned as well as others, I had hoped it would be  convenient for you to lend me some assistance at the present time, and  this was the reason why I sent a Messenger to you as I did. And  now Sir, that we may have no misunderstanding in this matter I  think we had better have a Settlement, and if I am owing you, I will  pay you as soon as I can, and if you owe me, I shall only expect  the same in return, for it is an old and trite maxim, that short reckonings  make long friends. With this view of the matter I would request you  to call as soon as you possibly can make it convenient and compare  accounts, so that all things may be understood most perfectly between us  in future time, and that all occasion for unpleasant feelings, if any  such there be, may be entirely obliterated.—
I remain Sir, most respectfully yours &c
Joseph Smith”
Read in the Book of Mormon and in the evening visited ’s Wife, who was very sick, and the absent, collecting funds for  building the and .

20 January 1842 • Thursday

<20> Thursday 20. I attended a Special Conference of the Church at 10 oclock  A.M. concerning , the Conference voted to sanction the revocation of  ’s agency dated the 18th. of January, as published in the “Times and  Seasons”, and also instructed the Trustee in Trust to proceed with ’s  affairs in relation to the Church, as he shall Judge most expedient— 6 o’clock  evening, attended a special Council in the Upper Room of the New .
<I insert the obituary of George Washington Gee who died this day. He was the— See addenda Book. Page 51.>

21 January 1842 • Friday

<* 21> Friday 21 I read in the Book of Mormon transacted a variety of business [p. 1270]
January 18 After transacting a variety of business, sleeping an hour from bodily infirmity, I read for correction in the Book of Mormon, and debated in the evening with the concerning the Lamanites and Negroes. for an extract of a letter from Elder “Trieste January 1. and 18. 1842” see Millenial Star page 166 &c.

19 January 1842 • Wednesday

19 Wednesday 19 I wrote
“Dear Sir— By your reply of the 18th. instant to my note of the 17th. I am led to conclude that you received my communication in a manner altogether unintended by me, and that there may be no misunderstanding between us, and that you may be satisfied that I did not intend, and that I do not now intend any thing, only upon the principles of the strictest integrity and uprightness before God, and do as I would be done unto. I will state that I have become embarrassed in my operations to a certain extent, and partly from a presentation of notes, which you, as my Agent, had given for lands purchased in the Eastern States, they having been sent to me. I have been obliged to cash them, and having no returns from you to meet those demands, or even the trifling expences of your outfit— it has placed me in rather an unpleasant situation, and having a considerable amount of your Scrip on hand. enough as I supposed, to counterbalance the debts due you, and leave a balance in my favor, to some extent even if it were small, and as I was pressed for funds from the causes above mentioned as well as others, I had hoped it would be convenient for you to lend me some assistance at the present time, and this was the reason why I sent a Messenger to you as I did. And now Sir, that we may have no misunderstanding in this matter I think we had better have a Settlement, and if I am owing you, I will pay you as soon as I can, and if you owe me, I shall only expect the same in return, for it is an old and trite maxim, that short reckonings make long friends. With this view of the matter I would request you to call as soon as you possibly can make it convenient and compare accounts, so that all things may be understood most perfectly between us in future time, and that all occasion for unpleasant feelings, if any such there be, may be entirely obliterated.—
I remain Sir, most respectfully yours &c
Joseph Smith”
Read in the Book of Mormon and in the evening visited ’s Wife, who was very sick, and the absent, collecting funds for building the and .

20 January 1842 • Thursday

20 Thursday 20. I attended a Special Conference of the Church at 10 oclock A.M. concerning , the Conference voted to sanction the revocation of ’s agency dated the 18th. of January, as published in the “Times and Seasons”, and also instructed the Trustee in Trust to proceed with ’s affairs in relation to the Church, as he shall Judge most expedient— 6 o’clock evening, attended a special Council in the Upper Room of the New .
I insert the obituary of George Washington Gee who died this day. He was the— See addenda Book. Page 51.

21 January 1842 • Friday

* 21 Friday 21 I read in the Book of Mormon transacted a variety of business [p. 1270]
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