Journal, March–September 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Editorial Note
On the night of 12 January 1838, JS and left , Ohio, on horseback to escape the threat of arrest and violence. They stayed with friends in , Ohio, until their families arrived. Enemies in pursuit, inclement weather, and lack of provisions complicated the journey. The families sometimes traveled together and sometimes apart until, in eastern Illinois, they separated because of sickness in the larger and more unwieldy Rigdon group, which included scribe .
At the beginning of their journey, JS and wrote to in requesting assistance. In response, the Missouri high council organized wagon teams to meet the families and help them finish their journey. met JS and his family at , Randolph County, Missouri—about one hundred miles from , Missouri—and brought them to Far West in his carriage. The retrospective opening entry, penned by scribe after his arrival in late March, was apparently dictated by JS.

13 March 1838 • Tuesday

On the 13th. day of March I with my family  and some others arrived within 8 milds [miles] of  and put up at to tarry for the  night. Here we ware meet by an escort of brether en from the town who came to make us welcome  to their little . On the next day as we  ware about Many of the brether en came out to meet us who also withe open  armes welcomed us to their boosoms. We were  immediately received under the hospitable roof of   who treated us with all kindness  possible. here we refreshed ourselves withe  much sattisfaction after our long and tedious Journey  and the bretheren braught in such necessaries as  we stood in need of for our presant comfort  and necessities.
After being here two or three day’s my Brother   arrived with his family an[d] shortly after  his arrival while walking with him & cirtain  other bretheren the following sentements occured to  my mind.—

Motto of the Church of Christ of Latterday Saints

Motto of the .
The Constitution of our country formed by the  Fathers of Liberty.
Peace and good order in society Love to God and  good will to man.
All good and wholesome Law’s; And virtue and truth  above all things
And Aristarchy live forever!!!
But Wo to tyrants, Mobs, Aristocracy, Anarchy  and Toryism: And all those who invent or  seek out unrighteous and vexatious lawsuits  under the pretext or color of law or office, either  religious or political.
Exalt the standard of Democracy! Down [p. 16]

Editorial Note
On the night of 12 January 1838, JS and left , Ohio, on horseback to escape the threat of arrest and violence. They stayed with friends in , Ohio, until their families arrived. Enemies in pursuit, inclement weather, and lack of provisions complicated the journey. The families sometimes traveled together and sometimes apart until, in eastern Illinois, they separated because of sickness in the larger and more unwieldy Rigdon group, which included scribe .
At the beginning of their journey, JS and wrote to in requesting assistance. In response, the Missouri high council organized wagon teams to meet the families and help them finish their journey. met JS and his family at , Randolph County, Missouri—about one hundred miles from , Missouri—and brought them to Far West in his carriage. The retrospective opening entry, penned by scribe after his arrival in late March, was apparently dictated by JS.

13 March 1838 • Tuesday

On the 13th. day of March I with my family and some others arrived within 8 milds [miles] of and put up at to tarry for the night. Here we ware meet by an escort of bretheren from the town who came to make us welcome to their little . On the next day as we ware about Many of the bretheren came out to meet us who also withe open armes welcomed us to their boosoms. We were immediately received under the hospitable roof of who treated us with all kindness possible. here we refreshed ourselves withe much sattisfaction after our long and tedious Journey and the bretheren braught in such necessaries as we stood in need of for our presant comfort and necessities.
After being here two or three day’s my Brother arrived with his family and shortly after his arrival while walking with him & cirtain other bretheren the following sentements occured to my mind.—

Motto of the Church of Christ of Latterday Saints

Motto of the .
The Constitution of our country formed by the Fathers of Liberty.
Peace and good order in society Love to God and good will to man.
All good and wholesome Law’s; And virtue and truth above all things
And Aristarchy live forever!!!
But Wo to tyrants, Mobs, Aristocracy, Anarchy and Toryism: And all those who invent or seek out unrighteous and vexatious lawsuits under the pretext or color of law or office, either religious or political.
Exalt the standard of Democracy! Down [p. 16]
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