History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​February 21​> with a man who had whipped his Wife: it was a hard contest, but I still remembered he had whipt his Wife; and this encouraged me, and I whipt him till he <​said he​> had enough. Brethren hurry on to the thus, and you will build it. You will then be on Pisgah’s top and the great men will come from the four quarters of the Earth, will pile their Gold and Silver into it, till you are weary of receiving them, and if you are not careful you will be lifted up and become full of pride, and will be ready to destroy yourselves, and they will cover up and cloke all your former sins, and according to the Scriptures will hide a multitude of sins, and you [HC 5:285] will shine forth fair as the Sun, clear as the Moon, and you will become terrible like an army with banners— I will say to those who have labored on the and cannot get their pay, be patient; and if any man take the means which are set apart for the building of that , and apply it to his own use, let him, for he will destroy himself. If any man is hungry let him come to me, and I will feed him at my table. If any are hungry or naked, dont take away the brick, timber, and materials that belong to that , but come and tell me, and I will divide with them to the last morsel, and then if the man is not satisfied I will kick his backside.
There is a great noise in the and many are saying there cannot be so much smoke without some fire. Well, be it so, if the Stories about Joe Smith are true, then the Stories of are true about the Ladies of , and he says that the Ladies Relief Society are all organized of those who are to be Wives of Joe Smith. Ladies you know whether this is true or not. It is of no use living among hogs without a snout— this biting and devouring each other I cannot <​endure,​> away with it. For God’s sake stop it.
There is one thing more I wish to speak about, and that is, political economy. It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is <​un​>sound. Tis right politically, for a man who has influence to use it as well as for a man who has no influence to use his: from henceforth I will maintain all the influence I can get. In relation to Politics I will speak as a Man; but in relation to religion I will speak in authority: if a man lifts a dagger to kill me I will lift my tongue— When I last preached, I heard such a groaning I thought of the Paddys Eel: when he tried to kill him he could not contrive any better way to do it, so he put it in the Water to drown him, and as he began to come to, “see” said he “what pain he is in, how he wiggles his tail.” So it is with the Nation, the banks are failing, and it is out privilege to say what a currency we want, we want Gold and Silver to build the and , we want your old nose rings and finger rings and brass kettles no longer; if you have old rags, watches, guns &c go and peddle them off and bring the hard metal, and if we will do this by popular opinion we shall have a sound currency. Send home all bank notes, and take no more paper money: let every man write <​back to​> his Neighbor before he starts, for him to exchange his property for Gold and Silver that he may fulfil the Scriptures and come up to Zion bringing his Gold and Silver with him. I have contemplated these things a long time; but the time had not come for me to speak of them till now. I would not do as the Committee have done; [HC 5:286] sell Stock for an old Store House where all the people who <​tried to​> live, <​in it​> died; and put that stock into a man’s hands to go East and purchase rags to come here and build up mammoth bones with.
As a political man in the name of Old Joe Smith, I command the Committee not to sell Stock in the without the Gold or Silver. We must excuse [p. 1475]
February 21 with a man who had whipped his Wife: it was a hard contest, but I still remembered he had whipt his Wife; and this encouraged me, and I whipt him till he said he had enough. Brethren hurry on to the thus, and you will build it. You will then be on Pisgah’s top and the great men will come from the four quarters of the Earth, will pile their Gold and Silver into it, till you are weary of receiving them, and if you are not careful you will be lifted up and become full of pride, and will be ready to destroy yourselves, and they will cover up and cloke all your former sins, and according to the Scriptures will hide a multitude of sins, and you [HC 5:285] will shine forth fair as the Sun, clear as the Moon, and you will become terrible like an army with banners— I will say to those who have labored on the and cannot get their pay, be patient; and if any man take the means which are set apart for the building of that , and apply it to his own use, let him, for he will destroy himself. If any man is hungry let him come to me, and I will feed him at my table. If any are hungry or naked, dont take away the brick, timber, and materials that belong to that , but come and tell me, and I will divide with them to the last morsel, and then if the man is not satisfied I will kick his backside.
There is a great noise in the and many are saying there cannot be so much smoke without some fire. Well, be it so, if the Stories about Joe Smith are true, then the Stories of are true about the Ladies of , and he says that the Ladies Relief Society are all organized of those who are to be Wives of Joe Smith. Ladies you know whether this is true or not. It is of no use living among hogs without a snout— this biting and devouring each other I cannot endure, away with it. For God’s sake stop it.
There is one thing more I wish to speak about, and that is, political economy. It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound. Tis right politically, for a man who has influence to use it as well as for a man who has no influence to use his: from henceforth I will maintain all the influence I can get. In relation to Politics I will speak as a Man; but in relation to religion I will speak in authority: if a man lifts a dagger to kill me I will lift my tongue— When I last preached, I heard such a groaning I thought of the Paddys Eel: when he tried to kill him he could not contrive any better way to do it, so he put it in the Water to drown him, and as he began to come to, “see” said he “what pain he is in, how he wiggles his tail.” So it is with the Nation, the banks are failing, and it is out privilege to say what a currency we want, we want Gold and Silver to build the and , we want your old nose rings and finger rings and brass kettles no longer; if you have old rags, watches, guns &c go and peddle them off and bring the hard metal, and if we will do this by popular opinion we shall have a sound currency. Send home all bank notes, and take no more paper money: let every man write back to his Neighbor before he starts, for him to exchange his property for Gold and Silver that he may fulfil the Scriptures and come up to Zion bringing his Gold and Silver with him. I have contemplated these things a long time; but the time had not come for me to speak of them till now. I would not do as the Committee have done; [HC 5:286] sell Stock for an old Store House where all the people who tried to live, in it died; and put that stock into a man’s hands to go East and purchase rags to come here and build up mammoth bones with.
As a political man in the name of Old Joe Smith, I command the Committee not to sell Stock in the without the Gold or Silver. We must excuse [p. 1475]
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