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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 13​> but for the Providence of God through me: We can beat all our competitors, in lands, price and everything; we have the highest prices and best lands, and do the most good with the money we get. Our system is a real smut machine, a bolting machine, and all the shorts, bran and smut runs away and all the flour remains with us. Suppose I sell you land for $10 per acre, and I gave 3, 4 or $5 per acre then some persons may cry out you are speculating; yes, I will tell you how. I buy other lands and give them to the widow and the fatherless. If the speculators run against me they run against the buckler of Jehovah; God did not send me up as he did Joshua; in former days God sent his servants to fight, but in the last days he has promised to fight the battle himself. God will deal with you himself and will bless or curse you as you behave yourselves. I speak to you as one having authority, that you may know when it comes; and that you may have faith and know that God has sent me. [HC 5:356]
Some persons may perhaps enquire which is the most healthy location? I will tell you the lower part of the Town is most healthy; in the upper part of the Town are the merchants, who will say that I am partial &c, but the lower part of the Town is much the most healthy, and I tell it you in the name of the Lord. I have been out in all parts of the , and at all hours of the night, to learn these things. The Doctors in this region don’t know much; and the Lawyers when I speak about them, begin to say we will denounce you on the stand, but they don’t come up and I take the liberty to say what I have a mind to about them. Doctors won’t tell you where to go, to be well, they want to kill or cure you, to get your money. Calomel Doctors will give you Calomel to cure a sliver in the big toe, and the<​y​> do not stop to know whether the stomach is empty or not; and Calomel on an empty stomach will kill the patient, and the Lobelia Doctors will do the same. Point me out a patient and I will tell you whether Calomel or Lobelia will kill him or not, if you give it.
The river is more healthy to drink than the spring water, but you had better dig wells from 15 to 30 feet, and then the water will be healthy. There are many sloughs on the islands, from whence Miasma arises in the summer, and is blown over the upper part of the ; but it does not extend over the lower part of the . All those persons who have not been accustomed to living on a river, or lake, or large pond of water, I do not want they should stay on the banks of the — get away to the lower part of the , or back to the hill, where you can get good well water; if you feel any inconvenience take some mild physic 2 or 3 times and follow that up with some good bitters: if you cannot get any thing else, take a little salts and cayenne pepper, if you cannot get salts, take ipaecacuan<​h​>a, or gnaw down a butternut tree, or use boneset or horehound.
Those who have money come to me and I will let you have lands, and those who have not money, if they look as well as I do, I will give <​them​> advice that will do them good. I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
made some remarks concerning the prophets. Every report in circulation not congenial to good understanding, is false; false as the dark regions of hell. [p. 1531]
April 13 but for the Providence of God through me: We can beat all our competitors, in lands, price and everything; we have the highest prices and best lands, and do the most good with the money we get. Our system is a real smut machine, a bolting machine, and all the shorts, bran and smut runs away and all the flour remains with us. Suppose I sell you land for $10 per acre, and I gave 3, 4 or $5 per acre then some persons may cry out you are speculating; yes, I will tell you how. I buy other lands and give them to the widow and the fatherless. If the speculators run against me they run against the buckler of Jehovah; God did not send me up as he did Joshua; in former days God sent his servants to fight, but in the last days he has promised to fight the battle himself. God will deal with you himself and will bless or curse you as you behave yourselves. I speak to you as one having authority, that you may know when it comes; and that you may have faith and know that God has sent me. [HC 5:356]
Some persons may perhaps enquire which is the most healthy location? I will tell you the lower part of the Town is most healthy; in the upper part of the Town are the merchants, who will say that I am partial &c, but the lower part of the Town is much the most healthy, and I tell it you in the name of the Lord. I have been out in all parts of the , and at all hours of the night, to learn these things. The Doctors in this region don’t know much; and the Lawyers when I speak about them, begin to say we will denounce you on the stand, but they don’t come up and I take the liberty to say what I have a mind to about them. Doctors won’t tell you where to go, to be well, they want to kill or cure you, to get your money. Calomel Doctors will give you Calomel to cure a sliver in the big toe, and they do not stop to know whether the stomach is empty or not; and Calomel on an empty stomach will kill the patient, and the Lobelia Doctors will do the same. Point me out a patient and I will tell you whether Calomel or Lobelia will kill him or not, if you give it.
The river is more healthy to drink than the spring water, but you had better dig wells from 15 to 30 feet, and then the water will be healthy. There are many sloughs on the islands, from whence Miasma arises in the summer, and is blown over the upper part of the ; but it does not extend over the lower part of the . All those persons who have not been accustomed to living on a river, or lake, or large pond of water, I do not want they should stay on the banks of the — get away to the lower part of the , or back to the hill, where you can get good well water; if you feel any inconvenience take some mild physic 2 or 3 times and follow that up with some good bitters: if you cannot get any thing else, take a little salts and cayenne pepper, if you cannot get salts, take ipecacuanha, or gnaw down a butternut tree, or use boneset or horehound.
Those who have money come to me and I will let you have lands, and those who have not money, if they look as well as I do, I will give them advice that will do them good. I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
made some remarks concerning the prophets. Every report in circulation not congenial to good understanding, is false; false as the dark regions of hell. [p. 1531]
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