junior was born in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, December 23, 1805.
Joseph, my son, I lay my hands upon thy head in the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ, to . The
Lord thy God has called thee by name out of the heavens: thou hast heard his
voice from on high from time to time, even in thy youth.
The hand of the angel of his presence has been extended toward thee by which thou
hast been lifted up and sustained; yea, the Lord has delivered thee from the
hands of thine enemies and thou hast been made to rejoice in his salvation: thou
hast sought to know his ways, and from thy childhood thou hast meditated much upon the
great things of his law.
Thou hast suffered much in thy youth, and the poverty and afflictions of thy ’s
family have been a grief to thy soul.
Thou hast desired to see them delivered from bondage, for thou hast lov’d them
with a perfect love. Thou hast stood by thy , and like Shem, would have covered
his nakedness, rather than see him exposed to shame: when the daughters of the
thy heart has been moved with a just anger to avenge thy kindred. Thou
hast been an obedient son: the commands of thy and the reproofs of thy , thou
hast respected and obeyed— for all these things the Lord my God will bless thee.
Thou hast been called, even in thy youth to the great work of the Lord: to do a
work in this generation which no other man would do as thyself, in all things
according to the will of the Lo[r]d. A marvelous work and a wonder has the Lord wrought by thy hand, even that which shall prepare the way for the remnants of his people to
come in among the Gentiles, with their fulness, as the tribes of Israel are
restored. I bless thee with the
blessings of thy fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and even the blessings of thy
father Joseph, the son of Jacob. Be hold,
he looked after his posterity in the last days, when they should be scattered and
driven by the Gentiles, and wept before the Lord: he sought diligently to know
from whence the son should come who should bring forth the word of the Lord, by
which they might be enlightened, and brought back to the true fold, and his eyes
beheld thee, my son: his heart rejoiced and his soul was satisfied, and he said,
As my blessings are to extend to the utmost bounds of the everlastings hills; as
my father’s blessing prevailed above the blessings of his progen[i]tors, and as my branches are to run over the
my seed are to inherit the choice land whereon the of God shall stand in the last days, from
among my seed, scattered with the Gentiles, shall a choice arise whose bowels shall be as a fountain of truth, whose loins shall be girded with the girdle of righteousness, whose hands shall be lifted
with acceptance before the God of Jacob to turn away his anger from his , whose heart
shall meditate great wisdom, whose intelligence shall circumscribe and <and> comprehend the deep things
of God, and whose mouth shall utter the law of the just: [p. 3]