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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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3 August 1843 • Thursday
<​August 3.—​> Elder [Charles] Beck of , <​having​> paid $48. for the passage of six of the Twelve Apostles to Baltimore, [blank] they started this morning and rode all day and night over the Alleghany Mountains in the stage.
I continued unwell. I received $800. in specie and a $200. note from Benjamin Meginness for 100 acres of land.
4 August 1843 • Friday
<​4.—​> My health improving, I rode out to the . In the evening went with to <​visit​> , where I met my brother and his wife.
5 August 1843 • Saturday
<​5.—​> Elders , , , , and arrived in at 4 a.m. having travelled 430 miles in 48 hours by stage, railroad and steamboat. A very severe storm of wind and rain raged in in the evening, doing immense damage.
6 August 1843 • Sunday
<​6.—​> Sunday— Meeting at the . Elder preached on testimony. When he closed I told the people I would preach my sermon next Sunday, as I was not able to day; but I would now speak on another subject, viz, the election. [HC 5:525]
“I am above the kingdoms of the World for I have no laws. I am not come to tell you to vote this way, that way, or the other. In relation to national matters I want it to go abroad unto the whole world, that every man should stand on his own merits. The Lord has not given me a revelation concerning politics— I have not asked him for one— I am a third party, and stand independent and alone. I desire to see all parties protected in their rights. As for he is a Whig Candidate— a high-minded man; he has not hung on to my coat tail to gain his election, as some have said. I am going to give a testimony, but not for electioneering purposes: before came to rumor came up that he might become a Candidate; said I, he is an old friend and I’ll vote for him. When he came to my house I voluntarily told him I should vote for him. When I made him acquainted with the ordinances of in relation to writs of Habeas Corpus he acted in accordance therewith on my testimony. The rascals ( and ) took ’s and Montgomery’s security when I was arrested; made come to me and beg— <​my​> pardon for the abuse he gave me; and through his means and influence the pistols were taken from the rascals. He withdrew all claim to your vote and influence if it would be detrimental to your interest as a people.
tells me this morning that he has had a testimony to the effect it would be better for the people to vote for [Joseph] Hoge, and I never knew say he ever had a revelation and it failed. Let God speak, and all men hold their peace. I never authorized to tell my private feelings, and I utterly forbid these political demagogues from using my name henceforth and for ever. It is my settled feeling, that if erred in granting a writ against me, it is an error of the head and not of the heart; and I authorize all men to say I am a personal friend of .
The cap to ’s sermon is this; every word that proceedeth from the mouth of Jehovah has such an influence over the human mind— the logical mind— that it is convincing without other testimony. Faith cometh by hearing. If ten thousand men testify to a truth you know, would it add [p. 1687]
3 August 1843 • Thursday
August 3.— Elder Charles Beck of , having paid $48. for the passage of six of the Twelve Apostles to Baltimore, [blank] they started this morning and rode all day and night over the Alleghany Mountains in the stage.
I continued unwell. I received $800. in specie and a $200. note from Benjamin Meginness for 100 acres of land.
4 August 1843 • Friday
4.— My health improving, I rode out to the . In the evening went with to visit , where I met my brother and his wife.
5 August 1843 • Saturday
5.— Elders , , , , and arrived in at 4 a.m. having travelled 430 miles in 48 hours by stage, railroad and steamboat. A very severe storm of wind and rain raged in in the evening, doing immense damage.
6 August 1843 • Sunday
6.— Sunday— Meeting at the . Elder preached on testimony. When he closed I told the people I would preach my sermon next Sunday, as I was not able to day; but I would now speak on another subject, viz, the election. [HC 5:525]
“I am above the kingdoms of the World for I have no laws. I am not come to tell you to vote this way, that way, or the other. In relation to national matters I want it to go abroad unto the whole world, that every man should stand on his own merits. The Lord has not given me a revelation concerning politics— I have not asked him for one— I am a third party, and stand independent and alone. I desire to see all parties protected in their rights. As for he is a Whig Candidate— a high-minded man; he has not hung on to my coat tail to gain his election, as some have said. I am going to give a testimony, but not for electioneering purposes: before came to rumor came up that he might become a Candidate; said I, he is an old friend and I’ll vote for him. When he came to my house I voluntarily told him I should vote for him. When I made him acquainted with the ordinances of in relation to writs of Habeas Corpus he acted in accordance therewith on my testimony. The rascals ( and ) took ’s and Montgomery’s security when I was arrested; made come to me and beg— my pardon for the abuse he gave me; and through his means and influence the pistols were taken from the rascals. He withdrew all claim to your vote and influence if it would be detrimental to your interest as a people.
tells me this morning that he has had a testimony to the effect it would be better for the people to vote for [Joseph] Hoge, and I never knew say he ever had a revelation and it failed. Let God speak, and all men hold their peace. I never authorized to tell my private feelings, and I utterly forbid these political demagogues from using my name henceforth and for ever. It is my settled feeling, that if erred in granting a writ against me, it is an error of the head and not of the heart; and I authorize all men to say I am a personal friend of .
The cap to ’s sermon is this; every word that proceedeth from the mouth of Jehovah has such an influence over the human mind— the logical mind— that it is convincing without other testimony. Faith cometh by hearing. If ten thousand men testify to a truth you know, would it add [p. 1687]
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