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

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20 March 1843 • Monday
<March 20> I rode out to see with Mrs Butterfield, about a deed for the Lawrence Estate, settled with and gave him a note to balance all demands, and afterwards acknowledged about 20 deeds as Trustee in Trust to different individuals which occupied my time until about 3 P.M.
A letter appears in the Millenial Star giving particulars of the passage of the ship “Swanton” from , and arrival at , loaded with Saints in which [HC 5:308] the power of the Holy Priesthood is manifested in the healing of the sick: “the steward of this vessel was so injured by a blow from one of the crew, that his life was despaired of, and I stood over him for some time, and thought that life was gone. The captain had administered to him all that he could think of in the way of medicine, but to no effect; and after they gave up all hopes of his recovery at twelve o’clock at night; he sent for Elder [Lorenzo] Snow, and by anointing with oil, and the laying on of hands, in the name of the Lord, he was there and then raised up and perfectly healed. For this token of the divine favour we will praise the God of Israel.”
21 March 1843 • Tuesday
<21> Was in the about 9, writing orders; about noon started with for Shokoquon, dined at bro Russell’s, and then resumed our journey to Libeus T. Coon’s 16 miles when I returned
Wonderful signs have been seen in the heavens, during the week. “This night about 12 o’clock, the Pilot and officers of the Steamer William Penn, on the Ohio River between Aurora and the Rising Sun, Indiana, observed a great light in the sky, in the form of a serpent; it turned to a livid bright red, deep and awful, and remained stationary among the stars, for two or three minutes, and then in a gradual manner formed a distinct roman G, in about 1 ½ minutes, it turned into a distinct O, and afterwards changed to a plain D, when it turned into an oblong shape, and gradually disappeared.” See Times and Seasons. 150
22 March 1843 • Wednesday
<22> Was spent in visiting my friends.
Elder writes from Westfield, , that he has baptized twenty, and organized a branch in Little River village.
Elder James Burnham died in Richmond, Massachu[HC 5:309]setts <aged 46> he had been on a mission to and Wales about 2 years, and was then on a mission in the Eastern States, and thro’ excessive labor and exposure, brought on quick consumption; he left a wife and several children to lament his loss.
23 March 1843 • Thursday
<23> Spent the day in visiting my friends.
At 7½ A.M. the heavens exhibited a splendid appearance of circles, accompanied by mock suns. For further particulars see Times and Seasons page 151
The sword has been seen for several nights; past, also on the opposite side of the horizon, a black streak about the size of the light one; while the one is as black as darkness, the other has considerable of the appearance of the blaze of a comet, but it is not a comet, for it appears about 7 o’clock and disappears about 9.
24 March 1843 • Friday
<24> I took a ride to Camp creek, met , returned to Libeus T. Coon’s where we warmed for an hour and then returned home.
In the evening two loaded teams arrived from , loaded with provisions also 1 load from . [p. 1501]
20 March 1843 • Monday
March 20 I rode out to see with Mrs Butterfield, about a deed for the Lawrence Estate, settled with and gave him a note to balance all demands, and afterwards acknowledged about 20 deeds to different individuals which occupied my time until about 3 P.M.
A letter appears in the Millenial Star giving particulars of the passage of the ship “Swanton” from , and arrival at , loaded with Saints in which [HC 5:308] the power of the Holy Priesthood is manifested in the healing of the sick: “the steward of this vessel was so injured by a blow from one of the crew, that his life was despaired of, and I stood over him for some time, and thought that life was gone. The captain had administered to him all that he could think of in the way of medicine, but to no effect; and after they gave up all hopes of his recovery at twelve o’clock at night; he sent for Elder [Lorenzo] Snow, and by anointing with oil, and the laying on of hands, in the name of the Lord, he was there and then raised up and perfectly healed. For this token of the divine favour we will praise the God of Israel.”
21 March 1843 • Tuesday
21 Was in the about 9, writing orders; about noon started with for Shokoquon, dined at bro Russell’s, and then resumed our journey to Libeus T. Coon’s 16 miles when I returned
Wonderful signs have been seen in the heavens, during the week. “This night about 12 o’clock, the Pilot and officers of the Steamer William Penn, on the Ohio River between Aurora and the Rising Sun, Indiana, observed a great light in the sky, in the form of a serpent; it turned to a livid bright red, deep and awful, and remained stationary among the stars, for two or three minutes, and then in a gradual manner formed a distinct roman G, in about 1 ½ minutes, it turned into a distinct O, and afterwards changed to a plain D, when it turned into an oblong shape, and gradually disappeared.”
22 March 1843 • Wednesday
22 Was spent in visiting my friends.
Elder writes from Westfield, , that he has baptized twenty, and organized a branch in Little River village.
Elder James Burnham died in Richmond, Massachu[HC 5:309]setts aged 46 he had been on a mission to and Wales about 2 years, and was then on a mission in the Eastern States, and thro’ excessive labor and exposure, brought on quick consumption; he left a wife and several children to lament his loss.
23 March 1843 • Thursday
23 Spent the day in visiting my friends.
At 7½ A.M. the heavens exhibited a splendid appearance of circles, accompanied by mock suns. For further particulars see Times and Seasons page 151
The sword has been seen for several nights; past, also on the opposite side of the horizon, a black streak about the size of the light one; while the one is as black as darkness, the other has considerable of the appearance of the blaze of a comet, but it is not a comet, for it appears about 7 o’clock and disappears about 9.
24 March 1843 • Friday
24 I took a ride to Camp creek, met , returned to Libeus T. Coon’s where we warmed for an hour and then returned home.
In the evening two teams arrived from , loaded with provisions also 1 load from . [p. 1501]
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