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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 1​>
A depth of thought, no human art could reach
From time to time, roll’d in sublimest speech,
From the celestial fountain, through his mind,
To purify and elevate mankind:
The rich intelligence by him brought forth,
Is like the sunbeam spreading oer the earth.
 
Now Zion mourns— she mourns an earthly head:
The Prophet and the are dead!
The blackest deed that men or devils know
Since Calv’ry’s scene, has laid the brothers low!
One in their life, and one in death— they prov’d
How strong their friendship— how they truly lov’d:
True to their mission, until death they stood,
Then seal’d their testimony with their blood.
All hearts with sorrow bleed, and every eye
Is bath’d in tears— each bosom heaves a sigh—
Heart broken widows’ agonizing groans
Are mingled with the helpless orphans’ moans!
 
Ye Saints! be still, and know that God is just—
With steadfast purpose in His promise trust:
Girded with sackcloth, own His mighty hand,
And wait His judgements on this guilty land!
The noble martyrs now have gone to move
The cause of Zion in the courts above.”
, July 1st 1844” [HC 7:156]
2 July 1844 • Tuesday
<​2​> Tuesday 2. We extract the following from Elders and ’s letter:—
“June 21st 1844
“We again resume the pen to give you a few further particulars. We met the Church in the City of last evening, pursuant to adjournment, the members being all present. The vote was taken to know whether they would sustain the First Presidency and the Twelve in their calling, and follow their counsel spiritually and temporally; lay— aside all their prejudice and fears, <​and​> follow them though evil, as well as through good report: There was not a dissenting vote. We think the Church is in a good condition; there will be some added next Sabbath by baptism, and we trust more ere long. For our manner of preaching and instructing the Church we refer you to Bros Forgens and Price.
“We leave here to day at 4 o’clock for the Wilmington conference: many of the brethren and sisters from this place are going with us. We have so many calls in this place, from those in the church and out of it, that we cannot stop a night in a place. We are at this time at sister McMinn’s, whose family are saints of God in deed, and treat us with all the kindness and attention that the servants of God could ask: they wish to be remembered to the prophet and family, and so do all the Saints in this place, and they [p. 247]
July 1
A depth of thought, no human art could reach
From time to time, roll’d in sublimest speech,
From the celestial fountain, through his mind,
To purify and elevate mankind:
The rich intelligence by him brought forth,
Is like the sunbeam spreading oer the earth.
 
Now Zion mourns— she mourns an earthly head:
The Prophet and the are dead!
The blackest deed that men or devils know
Since Calv’ry’s scene, has laid the brothers low!
One in their life, and one in death— they prov’d
How strong their friendship— how they truly lov’d:
True to their mission, until death they stood,
Then seal’d their testimony with their blood.
All hearts with sorrow bleed, and every eye
Is bath’d in tears— each bosom heaves a sigh—
Heart broken widows’ agonizing groans
Are mingled with the helpless orphans’ moans!
 
Ye Saints! be still, and know that God is just—
With steadfast purpose in His promise trust:
Girded with sackcloth, own His mighty hand,
And wait His judgements on this guilty land!
The noble martyrs now have gone to move
The cause of Zion in the courts above.”
, July 1st 1844” [HC 7:156]
2 July 1844 • Tuesday
2 Tuesday 2. We extract the following from Elders and ’s letter:—
“June 21st 1844
“We again resume the pen to give you a few further particulars. We met the Church in the City of last evening, pursuant to adjournment, the members being all present. The vote was taken to know whether they would sustain the First Presidency and the Twelve in their calling, and follow their counsel spiritually and temporally; lay— aside all their prejudice and fears, and follow them though evil, as well as through good report: There was not a dissenting vote. We think the Church is in a good condition; there will be some added next Sabbath by baptism, and we trust more ere long. For our manner of preaching and instructing the Church we refer you to Bros Forgens and Price.
“We leave here to day at 4 o’clock for the Wilmington conference: many of the brethren and sisters from this place are going with us. We have so many calls in this place, from those in the church and out of it, that we cannot stop a night in a place. We are at this time at sister McMinn’s, treat us with all the kindness and attention that the servants of God could ask: they wish to be remembered to the prophet and family, and so do all the Saints in this place, and they [p. 247]
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