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

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  • Historical Introduction
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<August 27> measures which, if justice was done to others, as it would be done to us; were we to commit as great errors in our proceedings, would subject all concerned in the prosecution to the penalty of the law, and that without mercy. I admit Sir, that it is next to an impossibility, for any one to know the extent of the tyranny, treachery, and knavery of a great portion of the leading characters of the State of : yet it only requires a knowledge of the Constitution of the , and Statute of the State of ; and a knowledge of the outrages committed by some of the Inhabitants of that upon the people called Mormons, and that passed unpunished by the administrators of the law; to know, that there is not the least confidence to be placed in any of those men that were engaged in those disgraceful transactions. If the law was made for the lawless and disobedient, and punishment instituted for the guilty, why not execute the law upon those that have transgressed it, and punish those who have committed crime, and grant encouragement to the innocent, and liberality to the industrious and peaceable. And now I entreat your honor to bear with me patiently while I ask, what good can accrue to this or the , or any part of this , or the , or to yourself, or to any other individual, to continue this persecution upon this people, or upon Mr. Smith a persecution that you are well aware, is entirely without any just—— foundation or excuse— With sentiments of due respect I am your most obedient servant— .[”]
<See Addenda page 3.> [HC 5:134] [HC 5:135]
28 August 1842 • Sunday
<28> Sunday 28. At home. , Peter Melling, , and were received into the High Priests Quorum at .
The British Convict Ship “Waterloo,” was wrecked at Cape Town, during a Gale, and 200 lives lost.
29 August 1842 • Monday
<29> Monday 29. This being the day appointed for the Conference referred to on the 26th. instant. The Elders assembled in the near the . About 10 o’clock <in the forenoon> President introduced the object of the Conference by stating
“that the people abroad had been excited by ’s false statements, and that letters had frequently been received inquiring concerning the true nature of said reports; in consequence of which it is thought wisdom in God, that every Elder who can, should now go forth to every part of the , and take proper documents with them setting forth the truth as it is and also preach the gospel, repentance, baptism and salvation and tarry preaching until they shall be called home. They must go wisely, humbly setting forth the truth as it is in God, and our persecutions, by which the tide of public feeling will be turned. There are many Elders here doing little, and many people in the world who want to hear the truth. We want the official members to take their staff and go East [HC 5:136] (not West) and if a mob should come here they will only have women and children to fight with. When you raise Churches send the means you get to build the , and get the people to take stock in the . It is important that the should be finished that we may have a suitable place wherein to entertain the great ones of the [p. 1387]
August 27 measures which, if justice was done to others, as it would be done to us; were we to commit as great errors in our proceedings, would subject all concerned in the prosecution to the penalty of the law, and that without mercy. I admit Sir, that it is next to an impossibility, for any one to know the extent of the tyranny, treachery, and knavery of a great portion of the leading characters of the State of : yet it only requires a knowledge of the Constitution of the , and Statute of the State of ; and a knowledge of the outrages committed by some of the Inhabitants of that upon the people called Mormons, and that passed unpunished by the administrators of the law; to know, that there is not the least confidence to be placed in any of those men that were engaged in those disgraceful transactions. If the law was made for the lawless and disobedient, and punishment instituted for the guilty, why not execute the law upon those that have transgressed it, and punish those who have committed crime, and grant encouragement to the innocent, and liberality to the industrious and peaceable. And now I entreat your honor to bear with me patiently while I ask, what good can accrue to this or the , or any part of this , or the , or to yourself, or to any other individual, to continue this persecution upon this people, or upon Mr. Smith a persecution that you are well aware, is entirely without any just—— foundation or excuse— With sentiments of due respect I am your most obedient servant— .”
See Addenda page 3. [HC 5:134] [HC 5:135]
28 August 1842 • Sunday
28 Sunday 28. At home. , Peter Melling, , and were received into the High Priests Quorum at .
The British Convict Ship “Waterloo,” was wrecked at Cape Town, during a Gale, and 200 lives lost.
29 August 1842 • Monday
29 Monday 29. This being the day appointed for the Conference referred to on the 26th. instant. The Elders assembled in the near the . About 10 o’clock in the forenoon President introduced the object of the Conference by stating
“that the people abroad had been excited by ’s false statements, and that letters had frequently been received inquiring concerning the true nature of said reports; in consequence of which it is thought wisdom in God, that every Elder who can, should now go forth to every part of the , and take proper documents with them setting forth the truth as it is and also preach the gospel, repentance, baptism and salvation and tarry preaching until they shall be called home. They must go wisely, humbly setting forth the truth as it is in God, and our persecutions, by which the tide of public feeling will be turned. There are many Elders here doing little, and many people in the world who want to hear the truth. We want the official members to take their staff and go East [HC 5:136] (not West) and if a mob should come here they will only have women and children to fight with. When you raise Churches send the means you get to build the , and get the people to take stock in the . It is important that the should be finished that we may have a suitable place wherein to entertain the great ones of the [p. 1387]
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