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

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<​February 17.​> The High Council met and settled several cases of difficulty betwixt brethren. [HC 6:220]
The Anti-Mormons held a convention at , the object being to devise ways and means of expelling the Saints from the . Among other resolutions was one appointing the 9th. March next as a day of fasting and prayer, wherein the pious of all orders are requested to pray to Almighty God that [“]he would speedily bring the false prophet, Joseph Smith, to deep repentance, or that he will make a public example of him and his leading accomplices.”
The ice broke up in the .
18 February 1844 • Sunday
<​18.​> Sunday 18. Beautiful day. South <​West​> Wind— a very large assembly of the Saints met at the near the when I preached a lengthly discourse.
4 p. m. Went to my with and two gentlemen from — heard read my correspondence with — and read my “views of the powers and policy of the General Government”.
At 7 attended <​prayer​> meeting in the Assembly room.
19 February 1844 • Monday
<​19.​> Monday 19. At 9 a, m, went to my with , who proposed some alterations in my views of the Government— read the same and the seemed better pleased with it than before.
“To the of the Neighbor:
Sir: I wish to say to you, as there seems to be a prospect of peace, that it will be more love-like, God-like, and man-like, to say nothing about the ‘ Signal.’ If the breathes out that old sulphureous blast, let him go and besmear his reputation and the reputation of those that uphold him, with soot and dirt; but as for us, and all honest men, we will ‘act well our part for there the honor lies.’ We will honor the advice of ; cultivate peace and friendship with all; mind our own business, and come off with flying colors, respected, because, in respecting others, we respect ourselves
Respectfully, I am
Joseph Smith.
<​(See Addenda page 7)​> [HC 6:221]
The Wild Geese commence flying North.
20 February 1844 • Tuesday
<​20​> Tuesday 20. At 10 a. m. went to my where the Twelve Apostles and some others met in Council with brothers Mitchell Curtis, and Stephen Curtis, who left the on Black River 1st. of January; they were sent by and to know whether should preach to the Indians, the Menominees and Chippeways having requested it. The Chippeways had given some Wampum as a token of peace— and the brethren had given them half a barrel of Flour and an ox to keep the Indians from starving— and had gone through to Green Bay with them— to mark a road. I told them to tell I had no Council to give them him on the subject, he is there on his own ground and must act on his own responsibility, and do what he thinks best in relation to the Indians, understanding the Laws and nature of the subject as well as I can here, and he shall never be brought into difficulty about it by us. [p. 1895]
February 17. The High Council met and settled several cases of difficulty betwixt brethren. [HC 6:220]
The Anti-Mormons held a convention at , the object being to devise ways and means of expelling the Saints from the . Among other resolutions was one appointing the 9th. March next as a day of fasting and prayer, wherein the pious of all orders are requested to pray to Almighty God that [“]he would speedily bring the false prophet, Joseph Smith, to deep repentance, or that he will make a public example of him and his leading accomplices.”
The ice broke up in the .
18 February 1844 • Sunday
18. Sunday 18. Beautiful day. South West Wind— a very large assembly of the Saints met at the near the when I preached a lengthly discourse.
4 p. m. Went to my with and two gentlemen from — heard read my correspondence with — and read my “views of the powers and policy of the General Government”.
At 7 attended prayer meeting in the Assembly room.
19 February 1844 • Monday
19. Monday 19. At 9 a, m, went to my with , who proposed some alterations in my views of the Government— read the same and the seemed better pleased with it than before.
“To the of the Neighbor:
Sir: I wish to say to you, as there seems to be a prospect of peace, that it will be more love-like, God-like, and man-like, to say nothing about the ‘ Signal.’ If the breathes out that old sulphureous blast, let him go and besmear his reputation and the reputation of those that uphold him, with soot and dirt; but as for us, and all honest men, we will ‘act well our part for there the honor lies.’ We will honor the advice of ; cultivate peace and friendship with all; mind our own business, and come off with flying colors, respected, because, in respecting others, we respect ourselves
Respectfully, I am
Joseph Smith.
(See Addenda page 7) [HC 6:221]
The Wild Geese commence flying North.
20 February 1844 • Tuesday
20 Tuesday 20. At 10 a. m. went to my where the Twelve Apostles and some others met in Council with brothers Mitchell Curtis, and Stephen Curtis, who left the on Black River 1st. of January; they were sent by and to know whether should preach to the Indians, the Menominees and Chippeways having requested it. The Chippeways had given some Wampum as a token of peace— and the brethren had given them half a barrel of Flour and an ox to keep the Indians from starving— and had gone through to Green Bay with them— to mark a road. I told them to tell I had no Council to give him on the subject, he is there on his own ground and must act on his own responsibility, and do what he thinks best in relation to the Indians, understanding the Laws and nature of the subject as well as I can here, and he shall never be brought into difficulty about it by us. [p. 1895]
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