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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<February 26  ’s Letter> request that you feel no hesitancy, or reluctance in communicating to me your  wishes, at all times and on any subject. I should be much gratified if it could  be convenient for , or some one or more of the leading members of  your Church to spend some time with me in travelling through the tract, and  in hearing and learning the state of the public mind, and feelings of the community  in relation to the location of the Church. I feel that I am assuming a very  great responsibility in this undertaking, and I wish to be governed by the dictates  of wisdom, and discretion, while at the same time I am aware that we are often  disposed to view things as we would wish to have them, rather than, as they  really are; And our great anxiety to accomplish our object, may some times  diminish the obstacles below their real measure. The little knowledge  which I have as yet of the doctrines, order or practice of the Church, leaves me  under the necessity of acting in all this matter as a stranger, though as I  sincerely hope as a friend; for such I assure you I feel myself to be, both  towards you collectively as a people, and individually as sufferers. If it  should not be convenient for any one to come up, about the 7th. or 8th. March,  please write me by the mail. Say to that I regret that I was  absent when he was at my house, I cannot visit until after my  return from , when I think, if it is thought necessary, I can.  Accept Dear Sir, for yourself, and in behalf of your Church and People,  assurance of my sincere sympathy in your sufferings and wrongs, and  deep solicitude for your immediate relief from present distress, and future  triumphant conquest over every enemy. Yours truly, .”
When Elder left in the fall of 1838 either by missing  his way, or some other cause, he struck the some distance above  its mouth in a destitute situation; and making his wants known, found  friends who assisted him, and gave him introductions to several Gentlemen  among whom was , to whom he communicated the situation of  the Saints; the relation of which enlisted his sympathies, or interest, or both  united, and hence a providential introduction of the Church to , and its  vicinity; for went direct to , the place of his destination, and  made known his interview with , to the Church.

27 February 1839 • Wednesday

<27  Democratic Association> Wednesday Febry. 27th. 1839. 6 o clock P.M. The members of the Democratic Association,  and the Citizens of generally, assembled in the Court House to take into  consideration, the state and condition of the people called “The Latter Day Saints,”  and organized the Meeting by appointing Gen. Leach [Samuel Leech], Chairman, and James D.  Morgan Secretary. Mr. Whitney from the Committee appointed at a former meeting,  submitted the following report. The select Committee, to whom the subject was  referred of inquiring into and reporting the situation of the persons who have recently  arrived here from , and whether their circumstances are such, as that they  would need the aid of the Citizens of and its vicinity, to be guided by what they  might deem the principles of an expanded benevolence, have attended to the duties  assigned them and have concluded on the following
Report [p. 888]
February 26 ’s Letter request that you feel no hesitancy, or reluctance in communicating to me your wishes, at all times and on any subject. I should be much gratified if it could be convenient for , or some one or more of the leading members of your Church to spend some time with me in travelling through the tract, and in hearing and learning the state of the public mind, and feelings of the community in relation to the location of the Church. I feel that I am assuming a very great responsibility in this undertaking, and I wish to be governed by the dictates of wisdom, and discretion, while at the same time I am aware that we are often disposed to view things as we would wish to have them, rather than, as they really are; And our great anxiety to accomplish our object, may some times diminish the obstacles below their real measure. The little knowledge which I have as yet of the doctrines, order or practice of the Church, leaves me under the necessity of acting in all this matter as a stranger, though as I sincerely hope as a friend; for such I assure you I feel myself to be, both towards you collectively as a people, and individually as sufferers. If it should not be convenient for any one to come up, about the 7th. or 8th. March, please write me by the mail. Say to that I regret that I was absent when he was at my house, I cannot visit until after my return from , when I think, if it is thought necessary, I can. Accept Dear Sir, for yourself, and in behalf of your Church and People, assurance of my sincere sympathy in your sufferings and wrongs, and deep solicitude for your immediate relief from present distress, and future triumphant conquest over every enemy. Yours truly, .”
When Elder left in the fall of 1838 either by missing his way, or some other cause, he struck the some distance above its mouth in a destitute situation; and making his wants known, found friends who assisted him, and gave him introductions to several Gentlemen among whom was , to whom he communicated the situation of the Saints; the relation of which enlisted his sympathies, or interest, or both united, and hence a providential introduction of the Church to , and its vicinity; for went direct to , the place of his destination, and made known his interview with , to the Church.

27 February 1839 • Wednesday

27 Democratic Association Wednesday Febry. 27th. 1839. 6 o clock P.M. The members of the Democratic Association, and the Citizens of generally, assembled in the Court House to take into consideration, the state and condition of the people called “The Latter Day Saints,” and organized the Meeting by appointing Gen. Leach [Samuel Leech], Chairman, and James D. Morgan Secretary. Mr. Whitney from the Committee appointed at a former meeting, submitted the following report. The select Committee, to whom the subject was referred of inquiring into and reporting the situation of the persons who have recently arrived here from , and whether their circumstances are such, as that they would need the aid of the Citizens of and its vicinity, to be guided by what they might deem the principles of an expanded benevolence, have attended to the duties assigned them and have concluded on the following
Report [p. 888]
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