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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​March 10​>
E’en so, in love, rebuke will ne’er demolish
A wise mans goodly name.
I issued an execution against , and a search warrant on oath of , to search the house of Dial Sherwood; in the evening the brought 2 try squares, 1 padlock, 1 shirt, also a bit stock, smoothing plane, and other tools, some of which were claimed as stolen property.
I with , [HC 5:300] and many others, about 7 P.M. discovered a stream of light in the south west quarter of the heavens, its pencil rays were in the form of a broad sword, with the hilt downward, the blade raised, pointing from the west, south west, raised to an angle of 45 degrees from the horizon, and extending nearly, or within 2 or 3 degrees to the zenith of the degree where the sign appeared; this sign gradually disappeared from 7½ o’clock and at 9 had entirely disappeared. As sure as there is a God who sits enthroned in the heavens, and as sure as he ever spoke by me, so sure will there be a speedy and bloody war, and the broad sword seen this evening is the sure sign thereof.
Last night I dreamed that a silver headed old man came to me, and said there was a mob force coming upon him, and he was likely to lose his life, he had heard that I was a Lieutenant General, and [blank] had the command of a large force, <​and​> that I always sought to defend the oppressed, and I was also a Patriot and disposed to protect the innocent and unoffending, and wanted I should protect him, and he had come to hear with his own ears what I would say to him. I told him I wanted <​some​> written documents to shew the facts that they are the aggressors, and I would raise a force sufficient to protect him, that I would collect the Legion. The old man then turned to go from me, when he got a little distance, he suddenly turned again and said to me “You must call out the Legion and he would have the papers ready when I arrived, and says he “I have any amount of men, which you can have under your command”
A shock of an Earthquake felt in Lancashire, , and on the isle of Guernsey,producing considerable alarm.
The papers teem with accounts of singular phenomena, fearful sights are seen in all parts of the world. [HC 5:301]
<​11​> Very cold last night, the water froze in the warmest rooms in the
At 9 A M I started in company with Bro. to , and had a delightful drive, arrived at ’s at a quarter to four: lodged with bro. . In the evening I pulled up Justus A Norse, the strongest man in , with one hand, at pulling sticks.
It is reported in the papers that the workmen employed on the “General Pratte (which was burned and sunk last fall near , in the ,) with a Diving bell, on the 3rd January, found the wreck in about 24 feet water; on that night was an earthquake; next day the wreck had disappeared, no trace could be found, and the water was from 100 to 120 ft deep, and for about 100 ft no bottom; and in another place, a bar was discovered where previous was deep water. [p. 1496]
March 10
E’en so, in love, rebuke will ne’er demolish
A wise mans goodly name.
I issued an execution against , and a search warrant on oath of , to search the house of Dial Sherwood; in the evening the brought 2 try squares, 1 padlock, 1 shirt, also a bit stock, smoothing plane, and other tools, some of which were claimed as stolen property.
I with , [HC 5:300] and many others, about 7 P.M. discovered a stream of light in the south west quarter of the heavens, its pencil rays were in the form of a broad sword, with the hilt downward, the blade raised, pointing from the west, south west, raised to an angle of 45 degrees from the horizon, and extending nearly, or within 2 or 3 degrees to the zenith of the degree where the sign appeared; this sign gradually disappeared from 7½ o’clock and at 9 had entirely disappeared. As sure as there is a God who sits enthroned in the heavens, and as sure as he ever spoke by me, so sure will there be a speedy and bloody war, and the broad sword seen this evening is the sure sign thereof.
Last night I dreamed that a silver headed old man came to me, and said there was a mob force coming upon him, and he was likely to lose his life, he had heard that I was a Lieutenant General, [blank] had the command of a large force, and that I always sought to defend the oppressed, and I was also a Patriot and disposed to protect the innocent and unoffending, and wanted I should protect him, and he had come to hear with his own ears what I would say to him. I told him I wanted some written documents to shew the facts that they are the aggressors, and I would raise a force sufficient to protect him, that I would collect the Legion. The old man then turned to go from me, when he got a little distance, he suddenly turned again and said to me “You must call out the Legion and he would have the papers ready when I arrived, and says he “I have any amount of men, which you can have under your command”
A shock of an Earthquake felt in Lancashire, , and on the isle of Guernsey,producing considerable alarm.
The papers teem with accounts of singular phenomena, fearful sights are seen in all parts of the world. [HC 5:301]
11 Very cold last night, the water froze in the warmest rooms in the
At 9 A M I started in company with Bro. to , and had a delightful drive, arrived at ’s at a quarter to four: lodged with bro. . In the evening I pulled up Justus A Norse, the strongest man in , with one hand, at pulling sticks.
It is reported in the papers that the workmen employed on the “General Pratte (which was burned and sunk last fall near , in the ,) with a Diving bell, on the 3rd January, found the wreck in about 24 feet water; on that night was an earthquake; next day the wreck had disappeared, no trace could be found, and the water was from 100 to 120 ft deep, and for about 100 ft no bottom; and in another place, a bar was discovered where previous was deep water. [p. 1496]
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