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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<September 6> salvation, and honor and immortality, and eternal life: kingdoms, principalities, and powers. Behold the great day of the Lord is at hand, and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth, for he is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap; and he shall sit as a refiner, and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Let us therefore, as a Church and a people, and as Latter Day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness, and let us present in his holy when it is finished, a [HC 5:152] book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation. Brethren, I have many things to say to you on the subject, but shall now close for the present, and continue the subject another time. I am as ever, your humble servant and never deviating friend— Joseph Smith.”
The important instructions contained in the foregoing letter made a deep and solemn impression on the minds of the Saints and they manifested their intentions to obey the instructions to the letter.
In the evening and called to see me concerning a settlement with — also , and called to Counsel concerning their Mission to the branches and people abroad.
7 September 1842 • Wednesday
<7> Wednesday 7. Early this morning I received a letter from Elders [Arza] Adams and of , who brought me several letters, one from who, referring to his visit with Esqre. of , says “He would be pleased to receive a letter of President Joseph’s own dictation, Signed by his own hand.” which request I was disposed to comply with, but deferred it till the next day.
wrote as follows
September 7. 1842. Dear Madam. Your letter of the 27th. ultimo, was delivered to me on Monday the 5th. instant, and I have not had time to answer it until this evening, and I now appropriate a few moments to the difficult task of replying satisfactorily to its contents, every word of which evinces your devotedness to the interest of your husband, and pouring forth the effusions of a heart wholly his. I am thus admonished that I can say nothing, that does not subserve his interest that can possibly be satisfactory to you, and before I proceed, I will here repeat, my great [HC 5:153] regret that I have been officially called upon to act in reference to Mr. Smith in any manner whatever. I doubt not your candor when you say you do not desire me “to swerve from my duty as executive in the least”, and all you ask is to be allowed the privileges, and advantages guaranteed to you by the Constitution and laws. You then refer me to the 11th. Section of the Charter of the City of , and claim for Mr. Smith the right to be heard by the Municipal Court of said City, under a writ of Habeas Corpus emanating from said Court— when he was held in Custody under an executive Warrant. The Charter of the City of is not before me at this time, but I have examined both the Charters and City Ordinances upon the subject, and must express my surprise at the extraordinary assumption of power by the board of Alderman as contained in said ordinance? from my recollection of the charter it authorizes the Municipal Court to issue writs [p. 1396]
September 6 salvation, and honor and immortality, and eternal life: kingdoms, principalities, and powers. Behold the great day of the Lord is at hand, and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth, for he is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap; and he shall sit as a refiner, and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Let us therefore, as a Church and a people, and as Latter Day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness, and let us present in his holy when it is finished, a [HC 5:152] book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation. Brethren, I have many things to say to you on the subject, but shall now close for the present, and continue the subject another time. I am as ever, your humble servant and never deviating friend— Joseph Smith.”
The important instructions contained in the foregoing letter made a deep and solemn impression on the minds of the Saints and they manifested their intentions to obey the instructions to the letter.
In the evening and called to see me concerning a settlement with — also , and called to Counsel concerning their Mission to the branches and people abroad.
7 September 1842 • Wednesday
7 Wednesday 7. Early this morning I received a letter from Elders [Arza] Adams and of , who brought me several letters, one from who, referring to his visit with Esqre. of , says “He would be pleased to receive a letter of President Joseph’s own dictation, Signed by his own hand.” which request I was disposed to comply with, but deferred it till the next day.
wrote as follows
September 7. 1842. Dear Madam. Your letter of the 27th. ultimo, was delivered to me on Monday the 5th. instant, and I have not had time to answer it until this evening, and I now appropriate a few moments to the difficult task of replying satisfactorily to its contents, every word of which evinces your devotedness to the interest of your husband, and pouring forth the effusions of a heart wholly his. I am thus admonished that I can say nothing, that does not subserve his interest that can possibly be satisfactory to you, and before I proceed, I will here repeat, my great [HC 5:153] regret that I have been officially called upon to act in reference to Mr. Smith in any manner whatever. I doubt not your candor when you say you do not desire me “to swerve from my duty as executive in the least”, and all you ask is to be allowed the privileges, and advantages guaranteed to you by the Constitution and laws. You then refer me to the 11th. Section of the Charter of the City of , and claim for Mr. Smith the right to be heard by the Municipal Court of said City, under a writ of Habeas Corpus emanating from said Court— when he was held in Custody under an executive Warrant. The Charter of the City of is not before me at this time, but I have examined both the Charters and City Ordinances upon the subject, and must express my surprise at the extraordinary assumption of power by the board of Alderman as contained in said ordinance? from my recollection of the charter it authorizes the Municipal Court to issue writs [p. 1396]
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