Journal, December 1841–December 1842

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whether we individually, or collectively, are destroying <deserving> such high-handed  treatment.
In relation to the books that you sent here, put them  into my Store, to be sold on commission; saying, that when I was able,  the money must be remitted to yourself. Nothing was said about my  consecration to the .
Another calamity has befallen us. Our Post Office in this  place, is exceedingly corrupt. It is with great difficulty that we can get  our letters to, or from our friends. Our papers that we send to our  subscribers, are embezzled and burned, or wasted. We get no money  from our subscribers, and very little information from abroad; and  what little we do get, we get by private means, in consequence of these  things: and I am sorry to say, that this robbing of the Post Office of  money, was carried on by ; and since he left here,  it is carried on by the means of his confederates.
I now subscribe myself your friend, and a patriot and  lover of my , pleading at their feet for protection and  deliverance, by the justice of their Constitutions.
I add no more.
Your most obedient servant,
Joseph Smith.[”]

9 September 1842 • Friday

Friday 9th. This P.M. after dark president Joseph received a very pleasant visit from  , , & .

10 September 1842 • Saturday

Saturday 10th. This being the Training day for the companies composing the Legion president  Joseph kept very close and still; lest on account of the quantity of people  passing two and fro he should accidently be discovered. After dark sent word by a Messinger that she wished him to come home, as  she thought he would be as safe at home as any where for the present. Brother   also went and carried the same report; consequently the president  left for home where he arrived safe and undiscovered.——

11 September 1842 • Sunday

Sunday 11th. At home all day— At president Josephs request the following letter which  himself dictated which [was?] read to the saints at the near the .
Journeying, Septr. 6th 1842.
To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;— Sendeth Greeting.
As I stated to you in my letter before I left my place, that I  would write to you from time to time, and give you information in  relation to many subjects: I now resume the subject of the baptism for  the dead as that subject seems to occupy my mind, and press itself upon  my feelings the strongest, since I have been pursued by my enemies,  I wrote a few words of Revelation to you concerning a Recorder. I  have had a few additional views in relation to this matter, which  I now certify; ie. It was declared in my former letter that there [p. 196]
whether we individually, or collectively, are deserving such high-handed treatment.
In relation to the books that you sent here, put them into my Store, to be sold on commission; saying, that when I was able, the money must be remitted to yourself. Nothing was said about my consecration to the .
Another calamity has befallen us. Our Post Office in this place, is exceedingly corrupt. It is with great difficulty that we can get our letters to, or from our friends. Our papers that we send to our subscribers, are embezzled and burned, or wasted. We get no money from our subscribers, and very little information from abroad; and what little we do get, we get by private means, in consequence of these things: and I am sorry to say, that this robbing of the Post Office of money, was carried on by ; and since he left here, it is carried on by the means of his confederates.
I now subscribe myself your friend, and a patriot and lover of my , pleading at their feet for protection and deliverance, by the justice of their Constitutions.
I add no more.
Your most obedient servant,
Joseph Smith.”

9 September 1842 • Friday

Friday 9th. This P.M. after dark president Joseph received a very pleasant visit from , , & .

10 September 1842 • Saturday

Saturday 10th. This being the Training day for the companies composing the Legion president Joseph kept very close and still; lest on account of the quantity of people passing two and fro he should accidently be discovered. After dark sent word by a Messinger that she wished him to come home, as she thought he would be as safe at home as any where for the present. Brother also went and carried the same report; consequently the president left for home where he arrived safe and undiscovered.——

11 September 1842 • Sunday

Sunday 11th. At home all day— At president Josephs request the following letter which himself dictated which [was] read to the saints at the near the .
Journeying, Septr. 6th 1842.
To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;— Sendeth Greeting.
As I stated to you in my letter before I left my place, that I would write to you from time to time, and give you information in relation to many subjects: I now resume the subject of the baptism for the dead as that subject seems to occupy my mind, and press itself upon my feelings the strongest, since I have been pursued by my enemies, I wrote a few words of Revelation to you concerning a Recorder. I have had a few additional views in relation to this matter, which I now certify; ie. It was declared in my former letter that there [p. 196]
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