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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<August 19> language as on a former occasion, viz, that he was satisfied there was “no excitement any where but in amongst the Mormons themselves,” all was quiet, and no apprehension of trouble in other places so far as he was able to ascertain. He afterwards stated when conversing on another subject, that “persons were offering their services every day either in person, or by letter, and held themselves in readiness to go against the Mormons whenever he should call upon them, but he never had the least idea of calling out the Militia, neither had he thought it necessary.” There was evidently a contradiction in his assertions in the above instances and although he said “there was no excitement but amongst the Mormons,” it is evident he knew better. He also said that it was his opinion that if Joseph would give himself up to the Sheriff he would be honorably acquitted and the matter would be ended; but on asking how he thought Mr. Smith could go through the midst of his enemies without violence being used towards him? and if acquitted, how he [HC 5:118] was to get back? the was evidently at a loss what to say, but made light of the matter as though he thought it might be easily done. He took great care to state that it was not his advice that Mr. Smith should give himself up but thought it would be soonest—— decided. It appeared evident by the conversation that was no friend to the Saints, and they could expect no good things from him. He explicitly acknowledged his ignorance of the law touching the case in question—
After spending the day in conversation and reading, in the evening I received a visit from my Aunt , and at night went to the , and concluded to tarry at home until something further transpired relative to the designs of my persecutors.
20 August 1842 • Saturday
<20> Saturday 20. Spent the day in my general business office, otherwise called the Lodge or assembly room, or Council Chamber— which is over my , and the place where most of the business of the and Church is transacted. My health very indifferent. In the evening had an interview with my Brother , , and on the illegality of the proceedings of our persecutors.
The High Council in session
“Resolved that the City of be divided into ten wards, according to the division made by the “Temple Committee” and that there be a Bishop appointed over each Ward, and, also that other Bishops be appointed over such districts immediately out of the and adjoining thereto as shall be considered necessary. Resolved that be appointed Bishop in the place of Bishop deceased, also that be appointed Bishop of the 4th. Ward, of the 5th. Ward, Daniel Carn of the 6th. Ward, < of the 7th. Ward,> of the 8th. Ward, of the 9th. Ward, of the 10th. Ward, David Evans of the District south of the called the 11th. Ward. Israel Calkins of the District East of the [HC 5:119] and South of Knight Street— William W. Spencer of the district, East of the and North of Knight Street.”
The City Council instructed the Sexton, to report weekly, to the Editor of some Newspaper published in this , the names and ages of persons deceased, and nature of their disease, or cause of their death.
<The Twelve met in Council and ordained to be one of the Twelve Apostles.—— was born in Lyman, Grafton Co. N.H. 30 March 1813 where he received the gospel through the ministry of 27 April 1832, ordained an Elder under my hands 23 August 1832 in , Portage Co. Ohio. He was one of my fellow prisoners, bound with the same Chains in Jail. Missouri.>
was declared unworthy to hold the Office of Chancellor of the University and was discharged— and was elected in his stead—— [p. 1379]
August 19 language as on a former occasion, viz, that he was satisfied there was “no excitement any where but in amongst the Mormons themselves,” all was quiet, and no apprehension of trouble in other places so far as he was able to ascertain. He afterwards stated when conversing on another subject, that “persons were offering their services every day either in person, or by letter, and held themselves in readiness to go against the Mormons whenever he should call upon them, but he never had the least idea of calling out the Militia, neither had he thought it necessary.” There was evidently a contradiction in his assertions in the above instances and although he said “there was no excitement but amongst the Mormons,” it is evident he knew better. He also said that it was his opinion that if Joseph would give himself up to the Sheriff he would be honorably acquitted and the matter would be ended; but on asking how he thought Mr. Smith could go through the midst of his enemies without violence being used towards him? and if acquitted, how he [HC 5:118] was to get back? the was evidently at a loss what to say, but made light of the matter as though he thought it might be easily done. He took great care to state that it was not his advice that Mr. Smith should give himself up but thought it would be soonest—— decided. It appeared evident by the conversation that was no friend to the Saints, and they could expect no good things from him. He explicitly acknowledged his ignorance of the law touching the case in question—
After spending the day in conversation and reading, in the evening I received a visit from my Aunt , and at night went to the , and concluded to tarry at home until something further transpired relative to the designs of my persecutors.
20 August 1842 • Saturday
20 Saturday 20. Spent the day in my general business office, otherwise called the Lodge or assembly room, or Council Chamber— which is over my , and the place where most of the business of the and Church is transacted. My health very indifferent. In the evening had an interview with my Brother , , and on the illegality of the proceedings of our persecutors.
The High Council in session
“Resolved that the City of be divided into ten wards, according to the division made by the “Temple Committee” and that there be a Bishop appointed over each Ward, and, also that other Bishops be appointed over such districts immediately out of the and adjoining thereto as shall be considered necessary. Resolved that be appointed Bishop in the place of Bishop deceased, also that be appointed Bishop of the 4th. Ward, of the 5th. Ward, Daniel Carn of the 6th. Ward, of the 7th. Ward, of the 8th. Ward, of the 9th. Ward, of the 10th. Ward, David Evans of the District south of the called the 11th. Ward. Israel Calkins of the District East of the [HC 5:119] and South of Knight Street— William W. Spencer of the district, East of the and North of Knight Street.”
The City Council instructed the Sexton, to report weekly, to the Editor of some Newspaper published in this , the names and ages of persons deceased, and nature of their disease, or cause of their death.
The Twelve met in Council and ordained to be one of the Twelve Apostles.—— was born in Lyman, Grafton Co. N.H. 30 March 1813 where he received the gospel through the ministry of 27 April 1832, ordained an Elder under my hands 23 August 1832 in , Portage Co. Ohio. He was one of my fellow prisoners, bound with the same Chains in Jail. Missouri.
was declared unworthy to hold the Office of Chancellor of the University and was discharged— and was elected in his stead—— [p. 1379]
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