History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 3.​> “The prophet has a charter for a dam from the lower line of the to the island opposite , and from thence to the sand bar above in the . Could five, six, or seven thousand dollars be raised to commence the dam at the lower extremity, and erect a building, any machinery might be propelled by water. The value of a steam engine would nearly build the dam sufficient for a Cotton factory, which we much need. Start some Capitalists if you can; ’tis the greatest speculation in the world; a world of cotton and woollen goods are wanted here.
“We have proposed to to return to your assistance in the shipping business soon; also to enter into exchanges of goods and produce; which he will do he has not decided. What will hinder your doing a good business in shipping this season? good? yes; in competing with the first offices in the , and by next season taking the lead, if not this! When the saints get to , &c, let them go to work, spread abroad in the land, or come to , as they find convenient and have means; and when the season arrives start again for . Write soon after the receipt of this, and let us know the prospect.
“Tell the saints when they arrive in to make themselves as comfortable as they can, and be diligent in business, and not be over anxious if they cannot come to ; they will find elders in all the States who will be ready to give them instruction, and if they can gather something by the way by their industry to assist themselves with then they arrive here it will be well for them.
“We have dropped the until the can be completed, and the is going on finely. We have had an open winter and forward spring. The Twelve are holding general Conferences all over the ; they will go east soon, and [HC 6:353] will write you as soon as he gets the information to tell what house you can remit the book money to in . We shall have a State Convention at on the 17th inst.— an Election— a great many are believing the doctrine. If any of the brethren wish to go to Texas we have no particular objection; you may send a hundred thousand there if you can in eighteen months, though we expect before that you will return to receive your endowment, and then we will consult your interest, with others who may be going abroad, about taking their families with them. The Kingdom is organized; and although as yet no bigger than a grain of mustard seed, the little plant is in a flourishing condition, and our prospects brighter than ever. Cousin Lemuel is very friendly, and cultivating the spirit of peace and union in his family very extensively.
and , , & , &c., have organized a new church. (Laws and Fosters were first cut off.) is prophet, and , counselors; Higbee and of the Twelve: cannot learn all particulars; , Bishop; old Dr. Green and old his counselors; they are talking of sending a mission to , but it will probably be after this when they come among you. ’Tis the same old story over again, ‘the doctrine is right, but Joseph is a fallen prophet.’
Your brethren in the New Covenant,
.” [p. 4]
May 3. “The prophet has a charter for a dam from the lower line of the to the island opposite , and from thence to the sand bar above in the . Could five, six, or seven thousand dollars be raised to commence the dam at the lower extremity, and erect a building, any machinery might be propelled by water. The value of a steam engine would nearly build the dam sufficient for a Cotton factory, which we much need. Start some Capitalists if you can; ’tis the greatest speculation in the world; a world of cotton and woollen goods are wanted here.
“We have proposed to to return to your assistance in the shipping business soon; also to enter into exchanges of goods and produce; which he will do he has not decided. What will hinder your doing a good business in shipping this season? good? yes; in competing with the first offices in the , and by next season taking the lead, if not this! When the saints get to , &c, let them go to work, spread abroad in the land, or come to , as they find convenient and have means; and when the season arrives start again for . Write soon after the receipt of this, and let us know the prospect.
“Tell the saints when they arrive in to make themselves as comfortable as they can, and be diligent in business, and not be over anxious if they cannot come to ; they will find elders in all the States who will be ready to give them instruction, and if they can gather something by the way by their industry to assist themselves with then they arrive here it will be well for them.
“We have dropped the until the can be completed, and the is going on finely. We have had an open winter and forward spring. The Twelve are holding general Conferences all over the ; they will go east soon, and [HC 6:353] will write you as soon as he gets the information to tell what house you can remit the book money to in . We shall have a State Convention at on the 17th inst.— an Election— a great many are believing the doctrine. If any of the brethren wish to go to Texas we have no particular objection; you may send a hundred thousand there if you can in eighteen months, though we expect before that you will return to receive your endowment, and then we will consult your interest, with others who may be going abroad, about taking their families with them. The Kingdom is organized; and although as yet no bigger than a grain of mustard seed, the little plant is in a flourishing condition, and our prospects brighter than ever. Cousin Lemuel is very friendly, and cultivating the spirit of peace and union in his family very extensively.
and , , & , &c., have organized a new church. (Laws and Fosters were first cut off.) is prophet, and , counselors; Higbee and of the Twelve: cannot learn all particulars; , Bishop; old Dr. Green and old his counselors; they are talking of sending a mission to , but it will probably be after this when they come among you. ’Tis the same old story over again, ‘the doctrine is right, but Joseph is a fallen prophet.’
Your brethren in the New Covenant,
.” [p. 4]
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