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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 4​> a prosecution in behalf of Maria Lawrence. I concluded to go to with , and give up my bonds of guardianship as administrator of the Lawrence estate.
and are so anxious to get property, they will all flat out as soon as the is completed, and the faith of the saints ceases from them &c. [HC 6:427]
At 7 P. M., I walked out with .
5 June 1844 • Wednesday
<​5​> Wednesday 5 I went to the Prairie to show some land, and returned home towards night.
At 8 P. M., I walked out with ; the lightning in the north was most beautiful. About 10 a shower of rain passed over with continual distant thunder; there has not been any rain for some days back. Thermometer stoood at 94½o in the shade. Very warm.
I received a book entitled “The book of denominations”, and wrote the following acknowledgement:—
, Illinois, June 5th., 1844
“Dear Sir:
‘He pasa Ek-klesia’ &c, together with your note, has safely reached me; and I feel very thankful for so valuable a treasure. The design, the propriety, the wisdom of letting every sect tell its own story; and the elegant manner in which the work appears, have filled my breast with encomiums upon it, wishing you God Speed. Although all is not gold that shines, any more than every religious creed is sanctioned with the so eternally sure word of prophesy, satisfying all doubt with ‘Thus saith the Lord’, yet, ‘by proving contrarieties truth is made manifest’, and a wise man can search out the ‘old paths’, wherein righteous men held communion with Jehovah, and were exalted through obedience.
“I shall be pleased to furnish further information at a proper time, and render you such further service as the work, and vast extension of our church, may demand for the benefit of truth, virtue, and holiness.
“Your work will be suitably noticed in our papers for your benefit.
With great respect,
I have the honor to be your obt. servt.,
Joseph Smith.”
Esqr. )
Lancaster City,)
Pa.)
6 June 1844 • Thursday
<​6​> Thursday 6. About 9 A. M., I ordered my carriage for a ride, but it stood at the door till near noon, while I read my letter to to many strangers in the [HC 6:428] bar room; among whom was one who advocated the claims of for the Presidency. I argued with him a long time to show the subject in its true light, and that no man could honestly vote for a man like , who had violated his oath, and not acted on constitutional principles.
About half past 12, came and said that felt very bad, and he thought there was a chance for his return, if he could be reinstated in his office in the Legion &c &c; and that had all the affidavits of the Anti-Mormons under his control. I told that if would return, withdraw all the suits he had commenced &c, and do right, he should be restored.
I rode out in the carriage with several persons for an hour or two. At 7 P. M., a heavy shower of rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning, and another shower at 9 P. M.
I issued the following caution to the public:—
“Having once notified the Public against receiving a certain currency, called ‘Kirtland Safety Society’, I again caution all persons against receiving, or [p. 70]
June 4 a prosecution in behalf of Maria Lawrence. I concluded to go to with , and give up my bonds of guardianship as administrator of the Lawrence estate.
and are so anxious to get property, they will all flat out as soon as the is completed, and the faith of the saints ceases from them &c. [HC 6:427]
At 7 P. M., I walked out with .
5 June 1844 • Wednesday
5 Wednesday 5 I went to the Prairie to show some land, and returned home towards night.
At 8 P. M., I walked out with ; the lightning in the north was most beautiful. About 10 a shower of rain passed over with continual distant thunder; there has not been any rain for some days back. Thermometer stoood at 94½o in the shade. Very warm.
I received a book entitled “The book of denominations”, and wrote the following acknowledgement:—
, Illinois, June 5th., 1844
“Dear Sir:
‘He pasa Ek-klesia’ &c, together with your note, has safely reached me; and I feel very thankful for so valuable a treasure. The design, the propriety, the wisdom of letting every sect tell its own story; and the elegant manner in which the work appears, have filled my breast with encomiums upon it, wishing you God Speed. Although all is not gold that shines, any more than every religious creed is sanctioned with the so eternally sure word of prophesy, satisfying all doubt with ‘Thus saith the Lord’, yet, ‘by proving contrarieties truth is made manifest’, and a wise man can search out the ‘old paths’, wherein righteous men held communion with Jehovah, and were exalted through obedience.
“I shall be pleased to furnish further information at a proper time, and render you such further service as the work, and vast extension of our church, may demand for the benefit of truth, virtue, and holiness.
“Your work will be suitably noticed in our papers for your benefit.
With great respect,
I have the honor to be your obt. servt.,
Joseph Smith.”
Esqr. )
Lancaster City,)
Pa.)
6 June 1844 • Thursday
6 Thursday 6. About 9 A. M., I ordered my carriage for a ride, but it stood at the door till near noon, while I read my letter to to many strangers in the [HC 6:428] bar room; among whom was one who advocated the claims of for the Presidency. I argued with him a long time to show the subject in its true light, and that no man could honestly vote for a man like , who had violated his oath, and not acted on constitutional principles.
About half past 12, came and said that felt very bad, and he thought there was a chance for his return, if he could be reinstated in his office in the Legion &c &c; and that had all the affidavits of the Anti-Mormons under his control. I told that if would return, withdraw all the suits he had commenced &c, and do right, he should be restored.
I rode out in the carriage with several persons for an hour or two. At 7 P. M., a heavy shower of rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning, and another shower at 9 P. M.
I issued the following caution to the public:—
“Having once notified the Public against receiving a certain currency, called ‘Kirtland Safety Society’, I again caution all persons against receiving, or [p. 70]
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