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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<February 21> for he was in when the Committee sold Stock for the Store House— I leave this subject— This meeting was got up by the Committee— The Pagans, Roman Catholics, Methodists and Baptists, shall have place in , only they must be ground in Joe Smith’s Mill. I have been un their Mill. I was ground in and States in a Presbyterian Smut Machine, and the last Machine was in ; and the last of all, I have been thro’ <the> Smut Machine; and those who come here must go thro’ my Smut Machine, and that is my tongue.”
As I closed, Dr. remarked to the Assembly “much good may grow out of a very little, and much good may come out of this. If any man accuses me of exchanging Stock for rags &c he is mistaken. I gave a thousand dollars to this house” (this he said upon his own responsibility) “and fifty dollars to the Relief Society, and some to Fulmer, to get stone to build Joseph a house, and I mean to build Joseph a house, and you may build this, and I will help you. I mean to profit by this: and I will divide the Mammoth bones with you. I am guilty of all of which I have been charged. I have signed my name to a petition to have William H. Rollison to have the Post Office I did not <then> know of a petition for Joseph Smith”
I replied “I thought I would make a coat but it don’t fit the only in the Post office: if it does fit any one let them put it on. The < Mammoth> bones are Skeletons, and as old Ezekiel said, I command the flesh and sinews to come upon them that they may be clothed.”
22 February 1843 • Wednesday
<22> Wednesday 22 at nine this morning brother Abel Owen presented a claim of considerable amount against , & Co., , and notes of of about $700. for payment, he said he was poor and unable to labor and wanted something to live on. I told him to burn the papers and I would help him. He gave me the papers and I gave him an order on for fifteen dollars worth of provisions. This was a gift, as the Church was not obligated to pay those debts. I rode about the with during the day, and <also> read in German.
The latest accounts from the East Indies state that the Cholera was raging in Burmah Asia, to a fearful extent, whole villages in the Interior have become desolate either by flight or death.
23 February 1843 • Thursday
<23> Thursday 23 This morning read German and rode out a few miles, but did not get off my horse. In the afternoon Mr. Bagly called to collect County and State Taxes; brother [Alfred] Dixon called concerning some lost or stolen property. I burned twenty three dollars of City Scrip and while it was burning, said, so may all unsound and uncurrent money go down. Gave my instructions not to pay any more Taxes on the Hotchkiss purchase.
Elder started for Shokoquon this morning, and commenced preaching in that place.
<Filed my bond as Mayor of the City of .>
24 February 1843 • Friday
<24> Friday 24. Rode out with , dined abroad, called on had some conversation about the Post office and several other matters: returned to my and at 3 o’clock walked out with . In reply to Vade Mecum or “Go with me” of 20 January last, I dictated the following answer,
To Esqre.
A Vision.
1. I will go, I will go, to the home of the Saints,
Where the virtue’s the value, and life the reward;
But before I return to my former Estate
I must fulfil the mission I had from the Lord. [p. 1476]
February 21 for he was in when the Committee sold Stock for the Store House— I leave this subject— This meeting was got up by the Committee— The Pagans, Roman Catholics, Methodists and Baptists, shall have place in , only they must be ground in Joe Smith’s Mill. I have been un their Mill. I was ground in and States in a Presbyterian Smut Machine, and the last Machine was in ; and the last of all, I have been thro’ the Smut Machine; and those who come here must go thro’ my Smut Machine, and that is my tongue.”
As I closed, Dr. remarked to the Assembly “much good may grow out of a very little, and much good may come out of this. If any man accuses me of exchanging Stock for rags &c he is mistaken. I gave a thousand dollars to this house” (this he said upon his own responsibility) “and fifty dollars to the Relief Society, and some to Fulmer, to get stone to build Joseph a house, and I mean to build Joseph a house, and you may build this, and I will help you. I mean to profit by this: and I will divide the Mammoth bones with you. I am guilty of all of which I have been charged. I have signed my name to a petition to have William H. Rollison to have the Post Office I did not then know of a petition for Joseph Smith”
I replied “I thought I would make a coat but it don’t fit the only in the Post office: if it does fit any one let them put it on. The Mammoth bones are Skeletons, and as old Ezekiel said, I command the flesh and sinews to come upon them that they may be clothed.”
22 February 1843 • Wednesday
22 Wednesday 22 at nine this morning brother Abel Owen presented a claim of considerable amount against , & Co., , and notes of of about $700. for payment, he said he was poor and unable to labor and wanted something to live on. I told him to burn the papers and I would help him. He gave me the papers and I gave him an order on for fifteen dollars worth of provisions. This was a gift, as the Church was not obligated to pay those debts. I rode about the with during the day, and also read in German.
The latest accounts from the East Indies state that the Cholera was raging in Burmah Asia, to a fearful extent, whole villages in the Interior have become desolate either by flight or death.
23 February 1843 • Thursday
23 Thursday 23 This morning read German and rode out a few miles, but did not get off my horse. In the afternoon Mr. Bagly called to collect County and State Taxes; brother [Alfred] Dixon called concerning some lost or stolen property. I burned twenty three dollars of City Scrip and while it was burning, said, so may all unsound and uncurrent money go down. Gave my instructions not to pay any more Taxes on the Hotchkiss purchase.
Elder started for Shokoquon this morning, and commenced preaching in that place.
Filed my bond as Mayor of the City of .
24 February 1843 • Friday
24 Friday 24. Rode out with , dined abroad, called on had some conversation about the Post office and several other matters: returned to my and at 3 o’clock walked out with . In reply to Vade Mecum or “Go with me” of 20 January last, I dictated the following answer,
To Esqre.
A Vision.
1. I will go, I will go, to the home of the Saints,
Where the virtue’s the value, and life the reward;
But before I return to my former Estate
I must fulfil the mission I had from the Lord. [p. 1476]
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