History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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  • Historical Introduction
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<​January 3.​> property for the purpose of building a [HC 6:164] Steam mill and raising a hundred acres of Hemp, and the Lord had not blest them in the business but sunk their Hemp in the . I told him it was my opinion that was the doughhead referred to. I have had no secret conversation whatever with the Mayor and never received any charge except the one, with the rest of the Police, before the city Council.’
The Council spent nearly the whole day in investigating the subject, and examining these two Witnesses, the Police were all sworn and cross examined by and the Alderman Aldermen; and the result shewed nothing but imagination— having grown out of the surmises of Daniel Carn. upon which became satisfied, shook hands with me declaring he did not believe a word of the story, and said he would stand by me to the death, and called the whole Council and the police to witness his declaration.
The Mayor suggested the propriety, since and others are clear, and we have the promise of protection from the , and as the Police are now well organized that they put up their guns, and carry only small arms, and that the Council pass such an order. The Danite system alluded to by Norton never had any existence; it was a term made use of by some of the brethren in and grew out of an expression I made use of when the brethren were preparing to defend themselves from the mob in reference to the stealing of Macaiah’s images (Judges chap: 18,) if the enemy comes the Danites will be after them, meaning the brethren in self-defence.
The Mayor instructed the police to lay up their arms till further orders
4½ p, m, Council adjourned.”
4 January 1844 • Thursday
<​4.​> Thursday 4. At home.
I took dinner in the North room— and was remarking to what a kind, provident I had, that when I wanted a little bread and milk, she would load the table with so many good things, it would destroy my appetite— at this moment came in while in continuation of the conversation said “you must do as Buonaparte did, have a little table, just large enough for the victuals you want your[HC 6:165]self”. replied “Mr. Smith is a bigger man than Buonaparte, he can never eat without his ‘friends’” I remarked: “that is the wisest thing I ever heard you say.”
5 January 1844 • Friday
<​5​> Friday 5 At home.
Last night I dreamed I saw two serpents swallowing each other tail foremost.
Another tempest in a tea pot, or big fuss about nothing at all. In consequence of the night being severely cold some persons built a fire on the bank of the nearly opposite ’ house, he then became afraid and concluded he must either be the Brutus or the Dough head, and laid awake all night thinking the police had built the fire to kill him by. In the morning he called on me, reported the circumstances, and expressed his fears, when another Session of inquiry was held by the City Council at his request [p. 1853]
January 3. property for the purpose of building a [HC 6:164] Steam mill and raising a hundred acres of Hemp, and the Lord had not blest them in the business but sunk their Hemp in the . I told him it was my opinion that was the doughhead referred to. I have had no secret conversation whatever with the Mayor and never received any charge except the one, with the rest of the Police, before the city Council.’
The Council spent nearly the whole day in investigating the subject, and examining these two Witnesses, the Police were all sworn and cross examined by and the Aldermen; and the result shewed nothing but imagination— having grown out of the surmises of Daniel Carn. upon which became satisfied, shook hands with me declaring he did not believe a word of the story, and said he would stand by me to the death, and called the whole Council and the police to witness his declaration.
The Mayor suggested the propriety, since and others are clear, and we have the promise of protection from the , and as the Police are now well organized that they put up their guns, and carry only small arms, and that the Council pass such an order. The Danite system alluded to by Norton never had any existence; it was a term made use of by some of the brethren in and grew out of an expression I made use of when the brethren were preparing to defend themselves from the mob in reference to the stealing of Macaiah’s images (Judges chap: 18,) if the enemy comes the Danites will be after them, meaning the brethren in self-defence.
The Mayor instructed the police to lay up their arms till further orders
4½ p, m, Council adjourned.”
4 January 1844 • Thursday
4. Thursday 4. At home.
I took dinner in the North room— and was remarking to what a kind, provident I had, that when I wanted a little bread and milk, she would load the table with so many good things, it would destroy my appetite— at this moment came in while in continuation of the conversation said “you must do as Buonaparte did, have a little table, just large enough for the victuals you want your[HC 6:165]self”. replied “Mr. Smith is a bigger man than Buonaparte, he can never eat without his ‘friends’” I remarked: “that is the wisest thing I ever heard you say.”
5 January 1844 • Friday
5 Friday 5 At home.
Last night I dreamed I saw two serpents swallowing each other tail foremost.
Another tempest in a tea pot, or big fuss about nothing at all. In consequence of the night being severely cold some persons built a fire on the bank of the nearly opposite ’ house, he then became afraid and concluded he must either be the Brutus or the Dough head, and laid awake all night thinking the police had built the fire to kill him by. In the morning he called on me, reported the circumstances, and expressed his fears, when another Session of inquiry was held by the City Council at his request [p. 1853]
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