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

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<​July 19​> by ; that the circuit courts of that set three times a year; that Smith was permanently settled at , no person dreaming that he would leave there for years to come; that they might have waited in , for a regular term of the court, if the design was simply to revive a charge of treason against Smith, with a perfect assurance that he would always be found at home and be as subject to arrest at one time as another. But this delay did not suit the conspirators, as it would put off an attempt to arrest Smith until after the August election.
Let it be borne in mind also that the agent of , after he had obtained the custody of Smith at , refused to employ a democratic lawyer, and insisted upon having a whig lawyer of inferior [HC 5:514] abilities, simply upon the ground, as he stated, that the democrats were against him.
Let it also be borne in mind that , the whig candidate for Congress, miraculously happened to be within six miles of when Smith was arrested, ready and convenient to be employed by Smith to get him delivered from custody and that he was actually employed and actually did get Smith enlarged from custody; and withal
Let it be remembered that is the pliant tool and pander of the Junto at ; and that he was the instigator of an unnecessary special term in on the 5th day of June last for the purpose of getting Smith indicted. ¶ We say let all these facts be borne in mind and they produce a strong suspicion, if not conviction, that the whole affair is a Whig conspiracy to compel a democratic to issue a writ against Smith pending the congressional elections, so as to incense the Mormons; create a necessity for ’s, and perhaps Browning’s, professional services in favor of Smith, to get him delivered out of the net of their own weaving, and thereby get the everlasting gratitude of the Mormons and their support for the Whig cause.
20 July 1843 • Thursday
<​20.—​> I furnished with $290.00 for the Expedition to the .
21 July 1843 • Friday
<​21.—​> Rode to the with my daughter .
The “Maid of Iowa” sailed for the in with , , and a large Company, with their families.
<​Lieutt. Col. was elected Col. 1st. Regt. 2nd Cohort to fill the vacancy of Col , resigned.​>
22 July 1843 • Saturday
<​22.—​> I rode out in my buggy in the evening.
Sister Mary Ann Holmes was brought to my house sick; she has been confined to her bed for upwards of two years.
Elders , , and left at 11 a.m. on board the “Adelaide” for . <​While on board, Elder dreamed that he was at work in a Pottery where there was a large amount of Clay drawn together; he examined it and found it to be yellow rotten stuff of no account, and he thought it was easier to go to [HC 5:515] the Clay Bank and get new clay which would make better vessels, but after a while he concluded to work up this Clay into vessels which when made, proved to be rotten, which is a representation of the people of .​>
23 July 1843 • Sunday
<​Sunday 23.—​> Meeting at the . I preached. I insert a brief synopsis <​of the discourse.​> reported by :—
“I commence my remarks by reading this text; Luke, 16 chap. 16 v. “The Law and the prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” I do not know that I shall be able to preach much, but with the faith of the Saints may say something instructive. It has gone abroad that I proclaimed myself no longer a prophet; I said it last Sabbath ironically; I supposed you would all understand. It was not that I would [p. 1679]
July 19 by ; that the circuit courts of that set three times a year; that Smith was permanently settled at , no person dreaming that he would leave there for years to come; that they might have waited in , for a regular term of the court, if the design was simply to revive a charge of treason against Smith, with a perfect assurance that he would always be found at home and be as subject to arrest at one time as another. But this delay did not suit the conspirators, as it would put off an attempt to arrest Smith until after the August election.
Let it be borne in mind also that the agent of , after he had obtained the custody of Smith at , refused to employ a democratic lawyer, and insisted upon having a whig lawyer of inferior [HC 5:514] abilities, simply upon the ground, as he stated, that the democrats were against him.
Let it also be borne in mind that , the whig candidate for Congress, miraculously happened to be within six miles of when Smith was arrested, ready and convenient to be employed by Smith to get him delivered from custody and that he was actually employed and actually did get Smith enlarged from custody; and withal
Let it be remembered that is the pliant tool and pander of the Junto at ; and that he was the instigator of an unnecessary special term in on the 5th day of June last for the purpose of getting Smith indicted. ¶ We say let all these facts be borne in mind and they produce a strong suspicion, if not conviction, that the whole affair is a Whig conspiracy to compel a democratic to issue a writ against Smith pending the congressional elections, so as to incense the Mormons; create a necessity for ’s, and perhaps Browning’s, professional services in favor of Smith, to get him delivered out of the net of their own weaving, and thereby get the everlasting gratitude of the Mormons and their support for the Whig cause.
20 July 1843 • Thursday
20.— I furnished with $290.00 for the Expedition to the .
21 July 1843 • Friday
21.— Rode to the with my daughter .
The “Maid of Iowa” sailed for the in with , , and a large Company, with their families.
Lieutt. Col. was elected Col. 1st. Regt. 2nd Cohort to fill the vacancy of Col , resigned.
22 July 1843 • Saturday
22.— I rode out in my buggy in the evening.
Sister Mary Ann Holmes was brought to my house sick; she has been confined to her bed for upwards of two years.
Elders , , and left at 11 a.m. on board the “Adelaide” for . While on board, Elder dreamed that he was at work in a Pottery where there was a large amount of Clay drawn together; he examined it and found it to be yellow rotten stuff of no account, and he thought it was easier to go to [HC 5:515] the Clay Bank and get new clay which would make better vessels, but after a while he concluded to work up this Clay into vessels which when made, proved to be rotten, which is a representation of the people of .
23 July 1843 • Sunday
Sunday 23.— Meeting at the . I preached. I insert a brief synopsis of the discourse. reported by :—
“I commence my remarks by reading this text; Luke, 16 chap. 16 v. “The Law and the prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” I do not know that I shall be able to preach much, but with the faith of the Saints may say something instructive. It has gone abroad that I proclaimed myself no longer a prophet; I said it last Sabbath ironically; I supposed you would all understand. It was not that I would [p. 1679]
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