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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​1843 Sept 7​> thousand souls, men, women, and children were driven from their own fire sides, and from lands that they had warrantee deeds of, houseless, <​friendless and​> homeless (in the depth of winter,) to wander as exiles on the earth or to seek an asylum in a more genial clime, and among a less barbarous people.
“Many sickened and died, in consequence of the cold, and hardships they had to endure; many wives were left widows, and children orphans, and destitute. It would take more time than is allotted me here to describe the wrongs, the murders, the bloodshed, the theft, misery and woe that has been caused by the barbarous, inhuman, and lawless proceedings of the State of .
“From this awful, bloody, and inhuman expulsion by the Government, and people, from , we found an asylum and friends in the State of . Here, in the fall of 1839, we commenced a city called , in , which, in December 1840, received an act of incorporation from the Legislature of , and is endowed with as liberal powers as any city in the .
, upon every point connected with increase and prosperity, has exceeded the most sanguine expectations of thousands. It now contains near 1500 houses, and more than 15,000 inhabitants. The charter contains among its important powers, privileges or immunities, a grant for ‘The University of ’, with the same liberal powers of the , where all the arts and sciences will grow with the growth, and strengthen the strength of this beloved of the Saints of the last days.
“Another very commendatory provision of the charter, is, that that portion of the citizens subject to military duty, are organized into a body [of] independent military men, styled the ‘ Legion,’ whose highest officer holds the rank, and is commissioned Lieutenant General. This Legion, like other independent bodies of troops in this Republican Government, is at the disposal of the Governor of the , and President of the . There is also an act of incorporation for an Agricultural and Manufacturing Association, as well as the Association.
“Since the organization of this Church its progress has been rapid, and its gain in numbers regular. Besides these , where nearly every place of notoriety has heard the glad tidings of the gospel of the Son of God, , Ireland and Scotland have shared largely in the fulness of the everlasting gospel, and thousands have already gathered with their kindred saints to this the corner stone of Zion. Missionaries of this Church have gone to the East Indies, to Australia, Germany, Constantinople, Egypt, Palestine, the Islands of the Pacific, and are now preparing to open the door in the extensive dominions of Russia.
“There is no correct data by which the exact number of members comprising this now extensive, and still extending Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, can be known. Should it be supposed at 150,000 [p. 10 [addenda]]
1843 Sept 7 thousand souls, men, women, and children were driven from their own fire sides, and from lands that they had warrantee deeds of, houseless, friendless and homeless (in the depth of winter,) to wander as exiles on the earth or to seek an asylum in a more genial clime, and among a less barbarous people.
“Many sickened and died, in consequence of the cold, and hardships they had to endure; many wives were left widows, and children orphans, and destitute. It would take more time than is allotted me here to describe the wrongs, the murders, the bloodshed, the theft, misery and woe that has been caused by the barbarous, inhuman, and lawless proceedings of the State of .
“From this awful, bloody, and inhuman expulsion by the Government, and people, from , we found an asylum and friends in the State of . Here, in the fall of 1839, we commenced a city called , in , which, in December 1840, received an act of incorporation from the Legislature of , and is endowed with as liberal powers as any city in the .
, upon every point connected with increase and prosperity, has exceeded the most sanguine expectations of thousands. It now contains near 1500 houses, and more than 15,000 inhabitants. The charter contains among its important powers, privileges or immunities, a grant for ‘The University of ’, with the same liberal powers of the , where all the arts and sciences will grow with the growth, and strengthen the strength of this beloved of the Saints of the last days.
“Another very commendatory provision of the charter, is, that that portion of the citizens subject to military duty, are organized into a body [of] independent military men, styled the ‘ Legion,’ whose highest officer holds the rank, and is commissioned Lieutenant General. This Legion, like other independent bodies of troops in this Republican Government, is at the disposal of the Governor of the , and President of the . There is also an act of incorporation for an Agricultural and Manufacturing Association, as well as the Association.
“Since the organization of this Church its progress has been rapid, and its gain in numbers regular. Besides these , where nearly every place of notoriety has heard the glad tidings of the gospel of the Son of God, , Ireland and Scotland have shared largely in the fulness of the everlasting gospel, and thousands have already gathered with their kindred saints to this the corner stone of Zion. Missionaries of this Church have gone to the East Indies, to Australia, Germany, Constantinople, Egypt, Palestine, the Islands of the Pacific, and are now preparing to open the door in the extensive dominions of Russia.
“There is no correct data by which the exact number of members comprising this now extensive, and still extending Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, can be known. Should it be supposed at 150,000 [p. 10 [addenda]]
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