History Draft [1 March–31 December 1843]

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<​Tho Great Salt Lake City Utah Territory​>
<​10d contd​> I directed to fix a room to confine the City prisoners in. <​​>
I told that I had no objection to him building a brewery.
Proverb
As finest steel doth shew a brighter polish
The more you rub the same;
E’en so, in love, rebuke will ne’er demolish
A wise man’s goodly name.
I signed <​issued​> an against — and——
Issued a search warrant in favor <​on oath of​> , to search the house of Dial Sherwood; in the evening the brought 2 trying squares, claimed by bro Norton; 1 Padlock, claimed by & 1 Shirt, which were claimed; by owners also a bit stock, smoothing plane, & 3 or 4 other little tools. some of which were claimed as stolen property.
I with & many others, about 7 p.m. discovered a stream of light in the South west quarter of the Heavens, the its pencil rays of light were in the form of a broad sword, with the hilt downward, the blade raised, pointing from the West south west, raised to an angle of 45 degrees from the horizon, & extending nearly, or within 2 or 3 degrees to the zenith of the degree where the sign appeared; this sign gradually disappeared from 7½ oclock & at 9 had entirely disappeared. while viewing it I declared as sure as there is a God who sits enthroned in the heavens, & as sure as he ever spoke by me, so sure there will be a speedy & bloody war, & the broad sword seen this evening is the sure sign thereof—
A shock of an Earthquake felt in Lancashire, England <​& on the Guernsey isle of Guernsey,​> producing considerable alarm.
The papers teem with accounts of singular phenomena, fearful sights are seen in all parts of the world.
<​Last night I dreamed that an <​silver headed​> old man came to me, & said there was a mob force coming upon him & he was likely to loose his life, that <​He had heard​> that I was the Lieut.t Gen.l & had the command of a large force, <​that I always sought to defend the oppressed​> & I was also a Patriot & disposed to protect the innocent & unoffending, & wanted I should assist <​protect​> him. <​and he had come to hear with his own ears what I would say to him,​> I told him I wanted some written documents to shew the facts that they r [are] the aggressors, & I would raise a force sufficient to protect him, that I would collect the . He <​the old man then​> turned to go from me, <​when he got a little distance, he suddenly​> but turned again & said to me, <​You must call out the Legion & he would have the papers ready when I arrived, and says he​> “I have any amount of men & will put them <​which you can have​> under your command.”​>
11 March 1843 • Saturday
<​11​> Very severe frost <​cold​> last night, the water froze in the warmest rooms in the .
at 9 am I started in company with bro to & had a delightful drive, arrived at at 1/4 to 4: lodged with bro. . In the evening I pulled up Justus A. Morse, the strongest man in , with one hand, at pulling sticks.
It is reported in the papers that workmen employed on the General Pratte (which was burned & sunk last fall near , in the ,) with a diving bell, on the 3rd. Jan.y. found the wreck in about 24 feet water; on that night was an earthquake; next day the wreck had disappeared, no trace could be found, & the water was from 100 to 120 feet deep, & for about 100 feet no bottom; and in another place, a bar was discovered where previous was deep water.
<​The N. Y. Herald published The Vision in Poetry &c also miss ’s festival song. an unusual act of liberality towards the Saints, for a Publisher.​>
12 March 1843 • Sunday
<​12​> I preached to the Saints in <​in the morning​> taking for a text 14 ch John 20, in my fathers house r [are] many mansions.
I found the brethren well & in good spirits: in the afternoon preached.
having been called to , 1200 inhabitants of petition for Elders & to come & labor in that place <​and also to return to ​> the same a similar petition was also sent from , Mass: by Elder . [p. 4]
Tho Great Salt Lake City Utah Territory
10d contd I directed to fix a room to confine the City prisoners in.
I told that I had no objection to him building a brewery.
Proverb
As finest steel doth shew a brighter polish
The more you rub the same;
E’en so, in love, rebuke will ne’er demolish
A wise man’s goodly name.
I issued an against — and——
a search warrant on oath of , to search the house of Dial Sherwood; in the evening the brought 2 try squares, ; 1 Padlock, 1 Shirt, ; also a bit stock, smoothing plane, & other tools. some of which were claimed as stolen property.
I with & many others, about 7 p.m. discovered a stream of light in the South west quarter of the Heavens, its pencil rays were in the form of a broad sword, with the hilt downward, the blade raised, pointing from the West south west, raised to an angle of 45 degrees from the horizon, & extending nearly, or within 2 or 3 degrees to the zenith of the degree where the sign appeared; this sign gradually disappeared from 7½ oclock & at 9 had entirely disappeared. as sure as there is a God who sits enthroned in the heavens, & as sure as he ever spoke by me, so sure there will be a speedy & bloody war, & the broad sword seen this evening is the sure sign thereof—
A shock of an Earthquake felt in Lancashire, England & on the isle of Guernsey, producing considerable alarm.
The papers teem with accounts of singular phenomena, fearful sights are seen in all parts of the world.
Last night I dreamed that a silver headed old man came to me, & said there was a mob force coming upon him & he was likely to loose his life, that He had heard that I was the Lieut.t Gen.l & had the command of a large force, that I always sought to defend the oppressed & I was also a Patriot & disposed to protect the innocent & unoffending, & wanted I should protect him. and he had come to hear with his own ears what I would say to him, I told him I wanted some written documents to shew the facts that they r [are] the aggressors, & I would raise a force sufficient to protect him, that I would collect the . the old man then turned to go from me, when he got a little distance, he suddenly turned again & said to me, You must call out the Legion & he would have the papers ready when I arrived, and says he “I have any amount of men which you can have under your command.”
11 March 1843 • Saturday
11 Very cold last night, the water froze in the warmest rooms in the .
at 9 am I started in company with bro to & had a delightful drive, arrived at at 1/4 to 4: lodged with bro. . In the evening I pulled up Justus A. Morse, the strongest man in , with one hand, at pulling sticks.
It is reported in the papers that workmen employed on the General Pratte (which was burned & sunk last fall near , in the ,) with a diving bell, on the 3rd. Jan.y. found the wreck in about 24 feet water; on that night was an earthquake; next day the wreck had disappeared, no trace could be found, & the water was from 100 to 120 feet deep, & for about 100 feet no bottom; and in another place, a bar was discovered where previous was deep water.
The N. Y. Herald published The Vision in Poetry &c also miss ’s festival song. an unusual act of liberality towards the Saints, for a Publisher.
12 March 1843 • Sunday
12 I preached to the Saints in in the morning taking for a text 14 ch John 20, in my fathers house r [are] many mansions.
I found the brethren well & in good spirits: in the afternoon preached.
having been called to , 1200 inhabitants of petition for Elders & to come & labor in that place and also to return to a similar petition was also sent from , Mass: by Elder . [p. 4]
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