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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 28​>
S. W. Hardy, James Seithead,
Willard Smith, J. M. Frink,
Stephen Wilber, Eleazer King,
Lewis Hardy, [blank] Sprague.
In the afternoon Elders , , and wife went by Railway Cars and Steamboat to .
29 June 1844 • Saturday • Second of Two Entries
<​29​> Saturday 29. The legion was out all last night, expecting a mob to come.
The following extract is from a letter, addressed to Prest Joseph Smith, from Elders and <​and :—​> [HC 7:135]
, Pa.,
June 19. 1844
“To my well beloved brother, and fellow prisoner, Prest. Joseph Smith,
I take this opportunity of giving you an abridged history of my transactions, together with Bro. my fellow traveller. We left the 21st day of May, amidst the acclamations of three cheers from the Shore ‘Joseph Smith the next President of the .’
“We passed smoot[h]ly down the ; there were 165 passengers on board the boat ‘Osprey’. I was called upon to deliver a political address, and to show what right Joseph Smith had to the Presidential Chair, which I did to the entire satisfaction of nearly all the passengers on board, not forgetting at the same time to show that the other candidates had disqualified themselves to all the right and title, by acts of meanness. Whilst speaking of their mean acts I was frequently interrupted with loud laughing and clapping of hands, by way of approbation. A vote being taken on the Presidential question, Joseph Smith received a large majority over all the other candidates.
“We reached on the 22nd at 10 a. m. Here bros. and called the Church together and instructed them spiritually and politically. We learned that the Church at numbered nearly 700 souls. On the 23rd we left on board the boat ‘Louis Phillippe’ at half past 12 o’clock, with about 200 passengers on board; many of the same that were on the ‘Osprey’, together with many new passengers. There were at first some little prejudices existing, but Prest , being called upon, delivered a discourse upon the principles of our doctrine, which entirely allayed the prejudices. Next evening bro was called upon to deliver an address, which he did in the power and demonstration of the Spirit, and we were ever afterwards looked upon as their superiors.
“On the 26th we reached , at 6 o’clock p. m. Elders and went to visit the Church in that , whilst I changed our luggage on board the boat ‘Neptune’, for . All the passengers on board the ‘Louis Phillippe’ being bound for came with us.
“At 8 a. m. on the 27th we held a conference with the Elders in . I addressed them on the subject of politics, and perseverence in duty, and the great necessity of reform in government. I was followed by brothers and on the same subjects. [HC 7:136] We then instructed them to [p. 232]
June 28
S. W. Hardy, James Seithead,
Willard Smith, J. M. Frink,
Stephen Wilber, Eleazer King,
Lewis Hardy, [blank] Sprague.
In the afternoon Elders , , and wife went by Railway Cars and Steamboat to .
29 June 1844 • Saturday • Second of Two Entries
29 Saturday 29. The legion was out all last night, expecting a mob to come.
The following extract is from a letter, addressed to Prest Joseph Smith, from Elders and :— [HC 7:135]
, Pa.,
June 19. 1844
“To my well beloved brother, and fellow prisoner, Prest. Joseph Smith,
I take this opportunity of giving you an abridged history of my transactions, together with Bro. my fellow traveller. We left the 21st day of May, amidst the acclamations of three cheers from the Shore ‘Joseph Smith the next President of the .’
“We passed smoothly down the ; there were 165 passengers on board the boat ‘Osprey’. I was called upon to deliver a political address, and to show what right Joseph Smith had to the Presidential Chair, which I did to the entire satisfaction of nearly all the passengers on board, not forgetting at the same time to show that the other candidates had disqualified themselves to all the right and title, by acts of meanness. Whilst speaking of their mean acts I was frequently interrupted with loud laughing and clapping of hands, by way of approbation. A vote being taken on the Presidential question, Joseph Smith received a large majority over all the other candidates.
“We reached on the 22nd at 10 a. m. Here bros. and called the Church together and instructed them spiritually and politically. We learned that the Church at numbered nearly 700 souls. On the 23rd we left on board the boat ‘Louis Phillippe’ at half past 12 o’clock, with about 200 passengers on board; many of the same that were on the ‘Osprey’, together with many new passengers. There were at first some little prejudices existing, but Prest , being called upon, delivered a discourse upon the principles of our doctrine, which entirely allayed the prejudices. Next evening bro was called upon to deliver an address, which he did in the power and demonstration of the Spirit, and we were ever afterwards looked upon as their superiors.
“On the 26th we reached , at 6 o’clock p. m. Elders and went to visit the Church in that , whilst I changed our luggage on board the boat ‘Neptune’, for . All the passengers on board the ‘Louis Phillippe’ being bound for came with us.
“At 8 a. m. on the 27th we held a conference with the Elders in . I addressed them on the subject of politics, and perseverence in duty, and the great necessity of reform in government. I was followed by brothers and on the same subjects. [HC 7:136] We then instructed them to [p. 232]
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