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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<May 1> length, one inch and three quarters wide at the top, and two inches and three quarters wide at  the bottom, flaring out to points. There are four lines of characters or hieroglyphics on each;  <X> on one side of the plates are paralell <parallel> lines running lengthways.
By whom these plates were deposited there must ever remain a secret, unless some one  skilled in decyphering hieroglyphics, may be found to unravel the mystery. Some pretend to  say, that Smith, the Mormon leader, has the ability to read them. If he has, he will confer  a great favor on the public by removing the mystery which hangs over them. A person  present when the plates were found, remarked, that it would go to prove the authenticity  of the Book of Mormon— which it undoubtedly will.
In the place where these plates were deposited, were also found human bones in  the last stage of decomposition. There were but few bones found, and it is believed, that it  was but the burial place of a person, or family of distinction, in ages long gone by, and that  these plates contain the history of the times, or of a people, that existed far, far beyond the  memory of the present race. But we will not conjecture anything about this wonderful  discovery, as it is one which the plates alone can reveal.
The plates above alluded to, were exhibited in this city last week, and are  now, we understand, in , subject to the inspection of the Mormon Prophet. The  public curiosity is greatly excited, and if Smith can decipher the hieroglyphics on the  plates, he will do more towards throwing light on the early history of this continent,  than any man now living.”
Slavery <was> this day abolished in every part of the British Dominions in  India, <under the administration of Lord Ellenborough>.
2 May 1843 • Tuesday
<2> Rode out in the forenoon. About 3 P.M. the “Maid of ” arrived from . I was on the bank of the awaiting the arrival of my <> , who returned with  .
<Elders , , , and returned from —>   wrote me a letter, wanting to dispose of Church Property, and establish  a Printing Press in , on which I directed the Twelve to send him to Siberia, or some  other place in order to save him.
About 1 P.M. The Mate of the Ship “Yorkshire” opened the Testiment at the 27th  chapter of Acts, and asked the passengers how they would feel to be shipwrecked like Paul; Elder   replied instantly “it is very likely we shall be shipwrecked, but the hull of this <old> vessel has  got to carry us safe into .” The Mate was then called away to hoist the fore top  royal sail. Between 1 and 2 next morning, when off Cape St Antonio, Cuba. <there was much> vivid lightning  when a white squall caught the foretop royal sail, which careened the vessel, when the foremast,  mainmast and mizenmast snapped asunder with an awful crash; the whole of the masts  above, with the jib <and spanker> and 16 sails and studding poles, were carried overboard, with a tremendous  splash and surge, when the vessel righted; at day break, found the deck all in confusion.* <*and a complete wreck; during the day hoisted a sail from the stump of the mainmast, to the bow  of the vessel— thus leaving nothing but the hull of the vessel to carry the Saints into >
3 May 1843 • Wednesday
<3> Called at the and drank a glass of wine the Sister ,  made by her Mother in , and reviewed a portion of the Conference Minutes.
2 P.M. Mayor’s Court. “City vs A. Gay” on complaint of for  unbecoming language, and refusing to leave the store when told to leave, Fined $5 and costs [p. 1544]
May 1 length, one inch and three quarters wide at the top, and two inches and three quarters wide at the bottom, flaring out to points. There are four lines of characters or hieroglyphics on each; X on one side of the plates are parallel lines running lengthways.
By whom these plates were deposited there must ever remain a secret, unless some one skilled in decyphering hieroglyphics, may be found to unravel the mystery. Some pretend to say, that Smith, the Mormon leader, has the ability to read them. If he has, he will confer a great favor on the public by removing the mystery which hangs over them. A person present when the plates were found, remarked, that it would go to prove the authenticity of the Book of Mormon— which it undoubtedly will.
In the place where these plates were deposited, were also found human bones in the last stage of decomposition. There were but few bones found, and it is believed, that it was but the burial place of a person, or family of distinction, in ages long gone by, and that these plates contain the history of the times, or of a people, that existed far, far beyond the memory of the present race. But we will not conjecture anything about this wonderful discovery, as it is one which the plates alone can reveal.
The plates above alluded to, were exhibited in this city last week, and are now, we understand, in , subject to the inspection of the Mormon Prophet. The public curiosity is greatly excited, and if Smith can decipher the hieroglyphics on the plates, he will do more towards throwing light on the early history of this continent, than any man now living.”
Slavery was this day abolished in every part of the British Dominions in India, under the administration of Lord Ellenborough.
2 May 1843 • Tuesday
2 Rode out in the forenoon. About 3 P.M. the “Maid of ” arrived from . I was on the bank of the awaiting the arrival of my , who returned with .
Elders , , , and returned from wrote me a letter, wanting to dispose of Church Property, and establish a Printing Press in , on which I directed the Twelve to send him to Siberia, or some other place in order to save him.
About 1 P.M. The Mate of the Ship “Yorkshire” opened the Testiment at the 27th chapter of Acts, and asked the passengers how they would feel to be shipwrecked like Paul; Elder replied instantly “it is very likely we shall be shipwrecked, but the hull of this old vessel has got to carry us safe into .” The Mate was then called away to hoist the fore top royal sail. Between 1 and 2 next morning, when off Cape St Antonio, Cuba. there was much vivid lightning when a white squall caught the foretop royal sail, which careened the vessel, when the foremast, mainmast and mizenmast snapped asunder with an awful crash; the whole of the masts above, with the jib and spanker and 16 sails and studding poles, were carried overboard, with a tremendous splash and surge, when the vessel righted; at day break, found the deck all in confusion.* *and a complete wreck; during the day hoisted a sail from the stump of the mainmast, to the bow of the vessel— thus leaving nothing but the hull of the vessel to carry the Saints into
3 May 1843 • Wednesday
3 Called at the and drank a glass of wine the Sister , made by her Mother in , and reviewed a portion of the Conference Minutes.
2 P.M. Mayor’s Court. “City vs A. Gay” on complaint of for unbecoming language, and refusing to leave the store when told to , Fined $5 and costs [p. 1544]
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