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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 2​> are now determined to uphold you by their prayers, in all things. I must confess this was not the case when we came here, with all. We learned that it is too much the case that the Twelve often find their way hedged up by the presiding elders endeavoring to exalt themselves and debase us, but you will find it different with your case in .
“June 24. 1844
“Just returned from Wilmington conference accompanied by several of the brethren and sisters who went from this place. We can truly say that this was one of the most pleasant trips in our life; we went down on the steamer ‘Balloon’, and returned by railway.
“Our conference commenced on Saturday the 22nd; the brethren came in from the adjacent country, and after much instruction from Bros and , we took a vote to know whether they would go withersever the Presidency, and Patriarch, and Twelve wish <​went​>, should it be to , or , or any other place directed by the wisdom of Almighty God. The saints, numbering about 100 rose to their feet and exclaimed, withersoever they go, we go, without a dissenting voice. This was truly an interesting meeting: we have not the least idea that any one will back out, [HC 7:157] <​they are​> nearly all men of wealth, and have commenced this morning to offer all surplus property for sale, that whenever you say, go, they are ready. We ordained ten as promising young elders as we ever laid hands upon, they pledged themselves to start this week and go through the State of Delaware from house to house, and proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
“On Sabbath the 23rd we preached alternately to a large and respectable congregation, and left the warmest of friends in that place, both in and out of the Church. We have hundreds of pleasant sceneries in our journals, which are too numerous to mention at present.
Yours as ever,
Elder was brought home from to the joy of his friends.
“A special session of the City Council was called to devise ways and means for supplying the city with provisions. , , and others, stated to the council that many were destitute; and that unless active measures were taken, many must suffer with hunger, as some had already; wherefore it was
Resolved, by the City Council of the City of , that special committees be appointed to visit the different sections of the surrounding country and solicit the benvolent for donations, or provisions and means for supplying the wants of the destitute of this . And so far as donations fail, supply the deficiency by loans.
Resolved, that Charles Patten, W. H. Jordan, and L. S. Dalrymple be this committee for : That D. M. Repsher, , and Capt. Ross go to , and the North country; that Benjamin Clapp, [p. 248]
July 2 are now determined to uphold you by their prayers, in all things. I must confess this was not the case when we came here, with all. We learned that it is too much the case that the Twelve often find their way hedged up by the presiding elders endeavoring to exalt themselves and debase us, but you will find it different with your case in .
“June 24. 1844
“Just returned from Wilmington conference accompanied by several of the brethren and sisters who went from this place. We can truly say that this was one of the most pleasant trips in our life; we went down on the steamer ‘Balloon’, and returned by railway.
“Our conference commenced on Saturday the 22nd; the brethren came in from the adjacent country, and after much instruction from Bros and , we took a vote to know whether they would go withersever the Presidency, and Patriarch, and Twelve went, should it be to , or , or any other place directed by the wisdom of Almighty God. The saints, numbering about 100 rose to their feet and exclaimed, withersoever they go, we go, without a dissenting voice. This was truly an interesting meeting: we have not the least idea that any one will back out, [HC 7:157] they are nearly all men of wealth, and have commenced this morning to offer all surplus property for sale, that whenever you say, go, they are ready. We ordained ten as promising young elders as we ever laid hands upon, they pledged themselves to start this week and go through the State of Delaware from house to house, and proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
“On Sabbath the 23rd we preached alternately to a large and respectable congregation, and left the warmest of friends in that place, both in and out of the Church. We have hundreds of pleasant sceneries in our journals, which are too numerous to mention at present.
Yours as ever,
Elder was brought home from to the joy of his friends.
“A special session of the City Council was called to devise ways and means for supplying the city with provisions. , , and others, stated to the council that many were destitute; and that unless active measures were taken, many must suffer with hunger, as some had already; wherefore it was
Resolved, by the City Council of the City of , that special committees be appointed to visit the different sections of the surrounding country and solicit the benvolent for donations, or provisions and means for supplying the wants of the destitute of this . And so far as donations fail, supply the deficiency by loans.
Resolved, that Charles Patten, W. H. Jordan, and L. S. Dalrymple be this committee for : That D. M. Repsher, , and Capt. Ross go to , and the North country; that Benjamin Clapp, [p. 248]
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