History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

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<February 18> was not the first time he had missed it, by not following my advice. While at dinner I remarked  to my family and friends present, that when the Earth was sanctified and become like a sea  of glass, it would be one great Urim and Thummim, and the Saints could look in it and see  as they are seen.
“The Twelve, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in , Greeting:  Beloved Brethren— We wish to present briefly, one important item, for your serious consideration.  Our beloved President Joseph Smith, is now delivered from the prosecution and oppression from  without, by which he has been bound, and also, by the same process has been relieved of his  property, so that he has nothing now to hinder his devoting his time to the history of the Church,  and the Spiritual interest thereof, except he has to spend his time in gathering food for his  family. This is the point brethren, whether you will do your duty in supplying the  President with food, that he may attend to the business of the church, and devote his whole  time to the Spiritual affairs thereof, or shall he attend to your business, by running here  and there for a bushel of wheat or a pound of Beef and Pork while the Revelations to the  Church cease? This Question is for the Church to answer: therefore we call upon the  brethren in , at this time, for immediate relief, you are all well aware that we  do not raise wheat, corn, beef, pork, tallow, lard, butter, eggs and provisions, and vegetables in the  such as you all use, which you are all well acquainted with. And we are the same kind of beings in   as in the Country; and what you raise and eat in we would eat in if  we could get it, our President not excepted— And every thing which is required to fill a Larder  in is required in this place, and by this you may know what is wanting by our President  to prosecute the Lord’s work and bring about your Salvation, not excepting cotton or woollen goods or  groceries. Brethren we hope you will give an immediate answer to this by loaded teams  or letter— Feb. 18. 1843. [B[righam] Young]. Prest. . Clerk.”
19 February 1843 • Sunday
<19> Sunday 19 Spent the [blank] day, from nine in the morning till midnight, in the  High Council who were attending to the case of and Uriel C. Nickerson who were  in dispute about the title to certain lands on the Island, after hearing the testimony,  I explained the laws of the , , and , and shewed them that Nickerson  had the olderest claim, and best right, and left it for Law to say how much Nickerson should  have, and the parties shook hands in token of a Settlement of all difficulties—
The following is copied from the Times and Seasons
Ill. Feb. 19. 1843 Mr. Alfred  Ed Stokes— Dear Sir— In obedience to your request, I send you one number of each of the papers  published in this place. I am well aware, that designing men, for sinister purposes, have put  in circulation reports concerning the people here, which are so monstrous, that it is a matter of  surprise how any rational being could profess to believe them at all. If I were to even profess to  believe such incredible and ridiculous nonsense about any people, I should consider the public  would have sufficient cause to scorn me, as the mere tool of corrupt and foul slanderers, but  any thing to stop the progress of that, which cannot be done by fact and scripture truth.  That man must have a large stock of moral courage, who dare, in any wise, profess belief in  such outlandish representations as are made in the public papers concerning the people of  , and circulated orally by wicked and designing men. The old stale story about common  stock, in defiance of fact and truth, it would appear by your letter, and that of your friend Evans,  is professedly believed by the people in the vicinity of Waynesville, . This falsehood was invented  by an ignorant blockhead, by the name of Matthew Clapp, who for want of any other means to stop the  progress of truth, in its more incipient stages, invented this falsehood, and finding it took with persons [p. 1472]
February 18 was not the first time he had missed it, by not following my advice. While at dinner I remarked to my family and friends present, that when the Earth was sanctified and become like a sea of glass, it would be one great Urim and Thummim, and the Saints could look in it and see as they are seen.
“The Twelve, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in , Greeting: Beloved Brethren— We wish to present briefly, one important item, for your serious consideration. Our beloved President Joseph Smith, is now delivered from the prosecution and oppression from without, by which he has been bound, and also, by the same process has been relieved of his property, so that he has nothing now to hinder his devoting his time to the history of the Church, and the Spiritual interest thereof, except he has to spend his time in gathering food for his family. This is the point brethren, whether you will do your duty in supplying the President with food, that he may attend to the business of the church, and devote his whole time to the Spiritual affairs thereof, or shall he attend to your business, by running here and there for a bushel of wheat or a pound of Beef and Pork while the Revelations to the Church cease? This Question is for the Church to answer: therefore we call upon the brethren in , at this time, for immediate relief, you are all well aware that we do not raise wheat, corn, beef, pork, tallow, lard, butter, eggs and provisions, and vegetables in the such as you all use, which you are all well acquainted with. And we are the same kind of beings in as in the Country; and what you raise and eat in we would eat in if we could get it, our President not excepted— And every thing which is required to fill a Larder in is required in this place, and by this you may know what is wanting by our President to prosecute the Lord’s work and bring about your Salvation, not excepting cotton or woollen goods or groceries. Brethren we hope you will give an immediate answer to this by loaded teams or letter— Feb. 18. 1843. Brigham Young. Prest. . Clerk.”
19 February 1843 • Sunday
19 Sunday 19 Spent the [blank] day, from nine in the morning till midnight, in the High Council who were attending to the case of and Uriel C. Nickerson who were in dispute about the title to certain lands on the Island, after hearing the testimony, I explained the laws of the , , and , and shewed them that Nickerson had the olderest claim, and best right, and left it for Law to say how much Nickerson should have, and the parties shook hands in token of a Settlement of all difficulties—
The following is copied from the Times and Seasons
Ill. Feb. 19. 1843 Mr. Alfred Ed Stokes— Dear Sir— In obedience to your request, I send you one number of each of the papers published in this place. I am well aware, that designing men, for sinister purposes, have put in circulation reports concerning the people here, which are so monstrous, that it is a matter of surprise how any rational being could profess to believe them at all. If I were to even profess to believe such incredible and ridiculous nonsense about any people, I should consider the public would have sufficient cause to scorn me, as the mere tool of corrupt and foul slanderers, but any thing to stop the progress of that, which cannot be done by fact and scripture truth. That man must have a large stock of moral courage, who dare, in any wise, profess belief in such outlandish representations as are made in the public papers concerning the people of , and circulated orally by wicked and designing men. The old stale story about common stock, in defiance of fact and truth, it would appear by your letter, and that of your friend Evans, is professedly believed by the people in the vicinity of Waynesville, . This falsehood was invented by an ignorant blockhead, by the name of Matthew Clapp, who for want of any other means to stop the progress of truth, in its more incipient stages, invented this falsehood, and finding it took with persons [p. 1472]
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