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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​August 27​> He then read a letter from to , as follows:—
Ills. August 18. 1843. Dear Sir, Yours of the 15th. inst was received, but not in time to answer it by return mail. You say that a Mr. on board of the Steam boat ‘Anawan’ a short time since, was told by an officer of the boat, That a Mr. Prentice in the vicinity of , said that some person in high standing in the church of the [blank] Latter day Saints in this place () had an interview with you, (me,) said, he would use all the influence that his circumstances would admit of, to have Joseph Smith arrested and delivered into the hands of the Missourians &c.. This interview is said to have taken place at the time the first warrant was issued against Smith, and that since the last warrant was issued, that the same person had written to you (me) or had an interview with you giving the same assurances. It has been publicly said in this town that I () was the person who had this interview or interviews and correspondence with you. Now, Sir, it gives me pleas[HC 5:553]ure to be perfectly able to disabuse you. I have not seen you, to my recollection, nor had any correspondence with you, until the present since 1839, and in all the intercourse I have had with you, I have always looked upon you, as one of the most devoted followers of Joseph Smith, and one of the pillars of the church of the Latter day Saints. I never sought through the aid of any <​person​> to entrap Joseph Smith; a faithful discharge of my official duties, was all that I attempted or desired. Very respectfully, your obt. Servt.
He then resumed: “The letter is one of the most evasive things, and carries with it a design to hide the truth. Has any man been concerned in a conspiracy to deliver Joseph Smith to ? If so, who?”
He then read the 7th chap Hebrews “Salem is designed for a Hebrew term; it should be Shiloam, which signifies Righteousness and Peace; as it is, it is nothing— neither Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French or any other language.
I say to all those who are disposed to set up stakes for the Almighty, you will come short of the glory of God.
To become a joint heir of the heir ship of the son, he must put away all his tradition.
I prophecy and bear record this morning that all the combined powers of earth and hell shall not and cannot ever overthrow or overcome this boy; for I have a promise from the eternal God.
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If I have sinned I have sinned outwardly; but surely I have contemplated the things of God
Respecting the Melchisedec priesthood, the sectarians never professed to have it; consequently they never could save any one, and would all be damned together. There was an episcopalian priest who said he had the priesthood of Aaron, but had not the Priesthood of Melchisedec; and I bear this testimony that I never have found the man who claimed the priesthood of Melchisidec. The power of the Melchiedic priesthood is to have the power of ‘endless lives’, for the everlasting covenant cannot be broken.
The law was given under Aaron for the purpose of pouring out judgements and destructions.
The Sectarian world are going to hell by hundreds, by thousands, and [p. 1707]
August 27 He then read a letter from to , as follows:—
Ills. August 18. 1843. Dear Sir, Yours of the 15th. inst was received, but not in time to answer it by return mail. You say that a Mr. on board of the Steam boat ‘Anawan’ a short time since, was told by an officer of the boat, That a Mr. Prentice in the vicinity of , said that some person in high standing in the church of [blank] Latter day Saints in this place () had an interview with you, (me,) said, he would use all the influence that his circumstances would admit of, to have Joseph Smith arrested and delivered into the hands of the Missourians &c.. This interview is said to have taken place at the time the first warrant was issued against Smith, and that since the last warrant was issued, that the same person had written to you (me) or had an interview with you giving the same assurances. It has been publicly said in this town that I () was the person who had this interview or interviews and correspondence with you. Now, Sir, it gives me pleas[HC 5:553]ure to be perfectly able to disabuse you. I have not seen you, to my recollection, nor had any correspondence with you, until the present since 1839, and in all the intercourse I have had with you, I have always looked upon you, as one of the most devoted followers of Joseph Smith, and one of the pillars of the church of the Latter day Saints. I never sought through the aid of any person to entrap Joseph Smith; a faithful discharge of my official duties, was all that I attempted or desired. Very respectfully, your obt. Servt.
He then resumed: “The letter is one of the most evasive things, and carries with it a design to hide the truth. Has any man been concerned in a conspiracy to deliver Joseph Smith to ? If so, who?”
He then read the 7th chap Hebrews “Salem is designed for a Hebrew term; it should be Shiloam, which signifies Righteousness and Peace; as it is, it is nothing— neither Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French or any other language.
I say to all those who are disposed to set up stakes for the Almighty, you will come short of the glory of God.
To become a joint heir of the heir ship of the son, he must put away all his tradition.
I prophecy and bear record this morning that all the combined powers of earth and hell shall not and cannot ever overthrow or overcome this boy; for I have a promise from the eternal God.
[blank line]
If I have sinned I have sinned outwardly; but surely I have contemplated the things of God
Respecting the Melchisedec priesthood, the sectarians never professed to have it; consequently they never could save any one, and would all be damned together. There was an episcopalian priest who said he had the priesthood of Aaron, but had not the Priesthood of Melchisedec; and I bear this testimony that I never have found the man who claimed the priesthood of Melchisidec. The power of the Melchiedic priesthood is to have the power of ‘endless lives’, for the everlasting covenant cannot be broken.
The law was given under Aaron for the purpose of pouring out judgements and destructions.
The Sectarian world are going to hell by hundreds, by thousands, and [p. 1707]
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