Journal, December 1842–June 1844; Book 4, 1 March–22 June 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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good as th[e]y were— 2 nations are brothers wanted Joseph to talk right be be our big chi[e]f white men wear hats. indians naked. colour[ed] Engli[s]h. Frenc[h]. indians all brethren. dont expe[c]t to live long.— <dont> care for any thing only for somthig [something] to eat. &c. Fri[e]ndly visit— 2 days. sac chief sold their land again. and would go to in 2 years— we are ve[r]y poor— whit[e]s cheat us— but no diffe[re]nce not Long to Live. we wanted to let you know we were a christian people.—
I Repli[e]d. we know you have been. wronged. but we bought this land and paid our money for it.— adv[i]se you not to sell any more land. cult[i]vate peac[e] with all men with the diff[er]ent tribes. Great spirit wants you to be united & live in peac[e]— fou[n]d a book. (pentig [presenting] the Book of Mormon) which told me about your fathers.— &. Great spi[r]it told me.— you must send to all the tribes you can. & tell them to live in peace. & when any of our people come to see you treat them as we treat you.—
3. P.M. Indi[a]ns commnd [commenced] a war dance in front of my old hou[s]e. our people comm[enc]ing with music & firing cannon— after the danc[e] which lastd about 2 hours fi[ri]ng of cannon closed the exer[c]ise— & with our musiic mar[c]hed back to office. before th[e]y comm[en]ced danci[n]g— the sa[i]nts collected $9.45 cents for to get th[e]m food. [p. [129]]
good as they were— 2 nations are brothers wanted Joseph to talk right be be our big chief white men wear hats. indians naked. coloured English. French. indians all brethren. dont expect to live long.— dont care for any thing only for somthig [something] to eat. &c. Friendly visit— 2 days. sac chief sold their land again. and would go to in 2 years— we are very poor— whites cheat us— but no difference not Long to Live. we wanted to let you know we were a christian people.—
I Replied. we know you have been. wronged. but we bought this land and paid our money for it.— advise you not to sell any more land. cultivate peace with all men with the different tribes. Great spirit wants you to be united & live in peace— found a book. (pentig [presenting] the Book of Mormon) which told me about your fathers.— &. Great spirit told me.— you must send to all the tribes you can. & tell them to live in peace. & when any of our people come to see you treat them as we treat you.—
3. P.M. Indians commnd commenced a war dance in front of my old house. our people commencing with music & firing cannon— after the dance which lastd about 2 hours firing of cannon closed the exercise— & with our musiic marched back to office. before they commenced dancing— the saints collected $9.45 cents for to get them food. [p. [129]]
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