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

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<February 19> of his own stamp, circulated it with untiring perserverence, in direct opposition to the testimony of his senses; knowing at the time he commenced circulating it, that it was false— He was a preacher of the Campbellite faith— It would require the ignorance of barbarians and the credulity of savages, to attempt a belief in the falsehoods which are circulated against the Saints with great zeal, by many. I have never supposed that the authors of these defamatory tales ever expected the public would believe them; but they expected that men of corrupt minds, like themselves would profess to believe them: neither do I now believe that those who profess to believe them do actually believe one word of them; but they profess to do it, thinking that by so doing, they can make some headway against us; but it is a vain attempt; for every attempt of the kind has only excited enquiry, awakened curiosity, and caused investigation, which have in every instance resulted in an increase of members to the church, so that we grant full licence to all defamers to do their utmost. Our is a great thoroughfare; people of all classes are crowding into it; multitudes who do not belong to the Church of “Latter Day Saints” are seeking locations, where they can prosecute their respective callings. If you wish the papers, you can put the money into a letter, and the Postmaster at your place will send it without expence. Yours, with respect— P. M.”
<Elder William Henshaw having been directed by Elder Lorenzo Snow to go to South Wales, he commenced [HC 5:281] preaching privately to several families in Pen y darren, n? Merthyr Tydvil, Glamorganshire— in the English language, a number of whom believed his testimony; and this day baptized William Rees Davis, his Wife and two of his Sons, and commenced preaching publicly in bro. Davis house— about one third of the people only understanding the English Language—>
20 February 1843 • Monday
<20> Monday 20 About Seventy of the brethren came together according to previous notice and drawed, and sawed, and chopped, and split, and moved, and piled up a large lot of wood in my yard— the day was spent by them in much pleasantry, good humor and feeling. A White Oak log measuring five feet and four inches in diameter, was cut through with a Cross Cut saw, in four and a half minutes by and brother <John> Tidwell— This Tree had been previously cut and hawled by my own hands and team ¶ From 9 to 11 this morning I was reading in German, and from 11 to 12 held Mayors Court on Assumpsit v. which was adjourned ten days.
Last night had a quantity of Books stolen and found them this afternoon in brother ’s hay loft; two boys Thomas Morgan and Robert Taylor were arrested on suspicion, and brought before me for examination, after a brief investigation, the Court adjourned until ten oclock tomorrow morning. While the Court was in Session I saw two boys fighting in the Street, near Mills’ Tavern, I left the business of the Court, ran over immediately, caught one of the boys (who had began the fight with Clubs) and then the other, and after giving them proper instruction, I gave the by standers a lecture for not interfering in such cases, and told them to quell all disturbances in the Street at the first onset— I returned to the [HC 5:282] Court and told them that nobody was allowed to fight in but myself. In the evening called at brother ’s.
presented to the House of Representatives of the , a petition signed by 51,863 Citizens of , praying Congress to pass such acts and propose such Amendments to the Constitution, as would separate the Petitioners from all connection with the Institution of Slavery.
21 February 1843 • Tuesday
<21> Tuesday 21. Opened Mayor’s Court at 10 oclock forenoon according to adjournment. Taylor was again brought up for stealing, and Morgan for receiving the books, and each sentenced to Six months imprisonment in Jail. at 11 I went to the and found a large assembly and preaching about the , after which Mr. [HC 5:283] the Architect of the continued the subject, and said “When I have had a pound of Meat or a quart of Meal I have divided with the workmen” (pretty good doctrine for Paganism said I, at this time was not baptized and called himself the Pagan Prophet) “we have had about 300 men on the job and some [p. 1473]
February 19 of his own stamp, circulated it with untiring perserverence, in direct opposition to the testimony of his senses; knowing at the time he commenced circulating it, that it was false— He was a preacher of the Campbellite faith— It would require the ignorance of barbarians and the credulity of savages, to attempt a belief in the falsehoods which are circulated against the Saints with great zeal, by many. I have never supposed that the authors of these defamatory tales ever expected the public would believe them; but they expected that men of corrupt minds, like themselves would profess to believe them: neither do I now believe that those who profess to believe them do actually believe one word of them; but they profess to do it, thinking that by so doing, they can make some headway against us; but it is a vain attempt; for every attempt of the kind has only excited enquiry, awakened curiosity, and caused investigation, which have in every instance resulted in an increase of members to the church, so that we grant full licence to all defamers to do their utmost. Our is a great thoroughfare; people of all classes are crowding into it; multitudes who do not belong to the Church of “Latter Day Saints” are seeking locations, where they can prosecute their respective callings. If you wish the papers, you can put the money into a letter, and the Postmaster at your place will send it without expence. Yours, with respect— P. M.”
Elder William Henshaw having been directed by Elder Lorenzo Snow to go to South Wales, he commenced [HC 5:281] preaching privately to several families in Pen y darren, n? Merthyr Tydvil, Glamorganshire— in the English language, a number of whom believed his testimony; and this day baptized William Rees Davis, his Wife and two of his Sons, and commenced preaching publicly in bro. Davis house— about one third of the people only understanding the English Language—
20 February 1843 • Monday
20 Monday 20 About Seventy of the brethren came together according to previous notice and drawed, sawed, chopped, split, moved, and piled up a large lot of wood in my yard— the day was spent by them in much pleasantry, good humor and feeling. A White Oak log measuring five feet and four inches in diameter, was cut through with a Cross Cut saw, in four and a half minutes by and brother John Tidwell— This Tree had been previously cut and hawled by my own hands and team ¶ From 9 to 11 this morning I was reading in German, and from 11 to 12 held Mayors Court on Assumpsit v. which was adjourned ten days.
Last night had a quantity of Books stolen and found them this afternoon in brother ’s hay loft; two boys Thomas Morgan and Robert Taylor were arrested on suspicion, and brought before me for examination, after a brief investigation, the Court adjourned until ten oclock tomorrow morning. While the Court was in Session I saw two boys fighting in the Street, near Mills’ Tavern, I left the business of the Court, ran over immediately, caught one of the boys (who had began the fight with Clubs) and then the other, and after giving them proper instruction, I gave the by standers a lecture for not interfering in such cases, and told them to quell all disturbances in the Street at the first onset— I returned to the [HC 5:282] Court and told them that nobody was allowed to fight in but myself. In the evening called at brother ’s.
presented to the House of Representatives of the , a petition signed by 51,863 Citizens of , praying Congress to pass such acts and propose such Amendments to the Constitution, as would separate the Petitioners from all connection with the Institution of Slavery.
21 February 1843 • Tuesday
21 Tuesday 21. Opened Mayor’s Court at 10 oclock forenoon according to adjournment. Taylor was again brought up for stealing, and Morgan for receiving the books, and each sentenced to Six months imprisonment in Jail. at 11 I went to the and found a large assembly and preaching about the , after which Mr. [HC 5:283] the Architect of the continued the subject, and said “When I have had a pound of Meat or a quart of Meal I have divided with the workmen” (pretty good doctrine for Paganism said I, at this time was not baptized and called himself the Pagan Prophet) “we have had about 300 men on the job and some [p. 1473]
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