History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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<July 2> About 6 p.m. The Maid of Iowa returned to here landing at the , the Company who had been on the expedition on board of her, formed in a procession and walked up to my , where they formed a hollow square and sent in a deputation to me, as soon as I had bid them welcome. I opened the window of my and requested that no man would leave the ground until I had spoken to them. My Brother and I went into the hollow square and directed them not to allow their ranks to be broken. I then shook hands with each man, blessing them and welcoming them home. I then took off my hat and related to them how I was brought home to the midst of my friends, and how I regained my liberty. I feel by the Spirit of the Lord that if I had fallen into your hands that you would either have brought me safe home, or that we should all have died in a heap together; at this time, a well dressed man, a Stranger, who had a Cloak around him broke through the South line of the ranks, when the orderly Sergeant took the strange man by the nape of the neck and kicked him outside the ranks telling him not to come in again; as soon as quiet was resumed, I continued my address to the company. and had scarce spoken 15 minutes, when the same stranger again broke the ranks, which annoyed me, and I stopt speaking; the first Lieutanant then marched out of the ranks and struck at him with the barrel of his gun, but he retired escaping the blow.
About dusk I dismissed the company, blessing them in the name of the Lord
My brother then blest them also, commending them for their diligence and attention to the instructions given by him before their departure.
The following is the report of their doings, as reported by Daniel M Burbanks. [HC 5:481]
Sunday June 25. The Brethren were collecting through the night on the maid of Iowa, and commenced making preparations for the trip, all hands uniting in loading the boat with firewood.
26th. About 8½ A.M. Prest. in company with came on board, and instructed us to watch for the Steamboats that may run up the , and if any persons were running brother Joseph down the river, under any pretext whatever, as the Amaranth had carried the news to that Joseph Smith was going to be tried at Ottoway, and it had been reported that a company of men were armed in , and had chartered a steam boat to run up to Ottawa there to seize Joseph and kidnap him to , and if we saw such a boat we were to rescue Joseph at all hazards and bring him to . then blessed the company in the name of the Lord and the “little Maid” started at 9¼ a.m. down the with the following persons on board, viz: Captain of boat, Daniel M Burbank first Pilot, , Mate, Captain of Company, George W Langley Lieutenant, Chaplain, , Surgeon, John S. Higbee, , , Enoch M King, , Whitford G Wilson, Bushrod W Wilson, John Bair, Ben Rolfe, , James Aiken, Elijah [Elisha] Averett, , William Meeks, Calvin Reed, Robert C Moore, Levi Stewart, Urban V Stewart, Allen Stout Welcome Chapman, William S Yocum, Thomas Briley, Henry J Young James Worthington, George W Thatcher, H. M. Alexander, , Benjamin L Clapp, , A. Young, John Fido, , , , E J. Sabin, , H. B. M Jolley, J. F. Lane. . H. P. Palmer. Benjamin Jones, Robert C. Egbert. . R. A. Allred, . [p. 1655]
July 2 About 6 p.m. The Maid of Iowa returned to here landing at the , the Company who had been on the expedition on board of her, formed in a procession and walked up to my , where they formed a hollow square and sent in a deputation to me, as soon as I had bid them welcome. I opened the window of my and requested that no man would leave the ground until I had spoken to them. My Brother and I went into the hollow square and directed them not to allow their ranks to be broken. I then shook hands with each man, blessing them and welcoming them home. I then took off my hat and related to them how I was brought home to the midst of my friends, and how I regained my liberty. I feel by the Spirit of the Lord that if I had fallen into your hands that you would either have brought me safe home, or that we should all have died in a heap together; at this time, a well dressed man, a Stranger, who had a Cloak around him broke through the South line of the ranks, when the orderly Sergeant took the strange man by the nape of the neck and kicked him outside the ranks telling him not to come in again; as soon as quiet was resumed, I continued my address to the company.
About dusk I dismissed the company, blessing them in the name of the Lord
My brother then blest them also, commending them for their diligence and attention to the instructions given by him before their departure.
The following is the report of their doings, as reported by Daniel M Burbanks. [HC 5:481]
Sunday June 25. The Brethren were collecting through the night on the maid of Iowa, and commenced making preparations for the trip, all hands uniting in loading the boat with firewood.
26th. About 8½ A.M. Prest. in company with came on board, and instructed us to watch for the Steamboats that may run up the , and if any persons were running brother Joseph down the river, under any pretext whatever, as the Amaranth had carried the news to that Joseph Smith was going to be tried at Ottowa, and it had been reported that a company of men were armed in , and had chartered a steam boat to run up to Ottawa there to seize Joseph and kidnap him to , and if we saw such a boat we were to rescue Joseph at all hazards and bring him to . then blessed the company in the name of the Lord and the “little Maid” started at 9¼ a.m. down the with the following persons on board, viz: Captain of boat, Daniel M Burbank first Pilot, , Mate, Captain of Company, George W Langley Lieutenant, Chaplain, , Surgeon, John S. Higbee, , , Enoch M King, , Whitford G Wilson, Bushrod W Wilson, John Bair, Ben Rolfe, , James Aiken, Elijah [Elisha] Averett, , William Meeks, Calvin Reed, Robert C Moore, Levi Stewart, Urban V Stewart, Allen Stout Welcome Chapman, William S Yocum, Thomas Briley, Henry J Young James Worthington, George W Thatcher, H. M. Alexander, , Benjamin L Clapp, , A. Young, John Fido, , , , E J. Sabin, , H. B. M Jolley, J. F. Lane. . H. P. Palmer. Benjamin Jones, Robert C. Egbert. . R. A. Allred, . [p. 1655]
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