History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

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<1842  Jan 20.> to and was ordained an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ  of Latter Day Saints at the first conference held at in October  1839: removed to Ambrosia, Lee County Iowa, where he was appointed  Post Master and Deputy County Surveyor; he surveyed the city plats  of and , under the direction of President Joseph  Smith: was sent by the fall Conference in 1841 to . Penn. where he  died Jan 20. 1842 while in the discharge of his duties having won the affections  of all the Saints with whom he had become acquainted by his integrity  and perseverance. His opportunity for schooling had been limited, but  by his own exertion he attained to an excellent education, and collected  quite a respectable library

Addenda • 29 January 1842

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“Manchester Jan 29. 1842
To , Elders and . Beloved Brethren,  <Page 1273> Soon after your departure a clergyman of the Church of England called  upon my employer, to request that he might have an interview with me,  as he had a wish to propound certain questions to me; upon his request  being complied with, we retired to a private room, when he produced a  long list of questions written down, opposite to which he wrote my answers.  The rise of the church, priesthood, doctrines, offices, sacraments &c. were the  principle queries he advanced. When he demurred to any of our principles  I was proceeding to explain, but he cut my discourse short by saying  he would not hold any controversy, his object being only to obtain  information. After the disposal of his queries he wished to be informed  where he could obtain the whole of the publications of the Latter Day  Saints as he wished to be in possession of them; I informed him  at 47 Oxford Street, and he promised to send for them. Soon after  the visit of this reverend gentleman, I had reason to suspect that under mining operations were in progress against me, I therefore tendered my  resignation to the directors, but they would not accept it, and very  soon afterwards a public accountant was employed by them to  investigate their accounts for several years back, and I was happy  to be enabled to answer satisfactorily every question that was asked  of me respecting them.
After this another minister sent a lengthy article extracted  from an American paper, purporting to be the production of a Mr Anthony,  with a request that I would “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest”  the same. I replied to the statements of Mr A. and after disposing of them  paragraph for paragraph. I told him that I was obliged by his favoring  me with it, inasmuch as it satisfied my mind, and was confirmatory [p. 52]
1842 Jan 20. to and was ordained an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the first conference held at in October 1839: removed to Ambrosia, Lee County Iowa, where he was appointed Post Master and Deputy County Surveyor; he surveyed the city plats of and , under the direction of President Joseph Smith: was sent by the fall Conference in 1841 to . Penn. where he died Jan 20. 1842 while in the discharge of his duties having won the affections of all the Saints with whom he had become acquainted by his integrity and perseverance. His opportunity for schooling had been limited, but by his own exertion he attained to an excellent education, and collected quite a respectable library

Addenda • 29 January 1842

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“Manchester Jan 29. 1842
To , Elders and . Beloved Brethren, Page 1273 Soon after your departure a clergyman of the Church of England called upon my employer, to request that he might have an interview with me, as he had a wish to propound certain questions to me; upon his request being complied with, we retired to a private room, when he produced a long list of questions written down, opposite to which he wrote my answers. The rise of the church, priesthood, doctrines, offices, sacraments &c. were the principle queries he advanced. When he demurred to any of our principles I was proceeding to explain, but he cut my discourse short by saying he would not hold any controversy, his object being only to obtain information. After the disposal of his queries he wished to be informed where he could obtain the whole of the publications of the Latter Day Saints as he wished to be in possession of them; I informed him at 47 Oxford Street, and he promised to send for them. Soon after the visit of this reverend gentleman, I had reason to suspect that undermining operations were in progress against me, I therefore tendered my resignation to the directors, but they would not accept it, and very soon afterwards a public accountant was employed by them to investigate their accounts for several years back, and I was happy to be enabled to answer satisfactorily every question that was asked of me respecting them.
After this another minister sent a lengthy article extracted from an American paper, purporting to be the production of a Mr Anthony, with a request that I would “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” the same. I replied to the statements of Mr A. and after disposing of them paragraph for paragraph. I told him that I was obliged by his favoring me with it, inasmuch as it satisfied my mind, and was confirmatory [p. 52]
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