History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
<March 19> <received a letter from> wrote me on this date, giving a synopsis of his mission to , since August 1839, in which I find he has published since April 41. (when the remainder of the returned home.) 1500 copies of “Hymn books”, 2500 copies “Voice of Warning”, 3000 copies of a large tracts, intitled “Heaven on Earth”, 3000 copies of “s Mission to ”, 10,000 copies of <copies of> “a letter to the Queen”, <& some other works, & continued the Star monthly:> he left 20 Octr. 42, & after a voyage of ten weeks arrived in ; & being ice bound <on the >, & leaving a dislike to the <outlaws who govern> , he wintered at Chester, Ill: on the news of his arrival, he was warmly pressed to preach; which he did several times, & two <men> in Chester that place.
Sir James South J. W. Hersh <James South, &> <Sir> J<ohn> Herschel, <M. Arago, & other astronomers in Europe,> have published notices of the sword seen in the heavens, on the eve of the 10th., & several successive evenings; they represent it, as the stray tail of a comet, as <no> nucleus could be discovered with the most powerful instruments.
at Paris, M. Arago, communicated to the Academy of Sciences, on the subject of a <the> comet, that the observations of the Astronomers were not complete, the nucleus not being discovered.
<20> I went <rode out> to see with Mrs. [Margaret Lawrence] Butterfield, about a deed for the Estate,
Settled with & gave him a note to balance all demands, & afterwards he took<I>acknowledgements acknowledged of about 20 deeds from me as Trustee <in Trust> to different individuals; which occupied my time until about 3 pm
<21> I was in the office about 9, writing orders; & about noon started with for , dined at bro. Russells, & then resumed our journey to Libeus T. Coon’s [Libbeus Coons’s] <16 miles;> when I returned back. [2 lines blank ]
Wonderful signs have been seen in the heavens, during the week. the This day,<evening> <night, about 12 oclock,> the Pilot & officers of the Steamer Wm. Penn, <on the Ohio River between Aurora & the Rising Sun, Indiana,> observed <a great light> a serpent in the sky, about 12 oclockat night, in the form of a serpent; it turned to a livid bright red, deep & awful, & remained stationery among the stars, for two or three minutes, & then in a gradual manner formed a distinct Roman G. in about 1½ minutes, it turned into a distinct O. & afterwards changed to a plain D. when it disappeared <when> it turned into the same <an> oblong shape, as before & gradually disappeared.
<22> Was spent in visiting my friends. [2 lines blank]
writes from Westfield. Mass. that he has twenty, on this mission, & organized a in Little River Village.
Elder died in , Mass: <aged 46, he had been on a mission to & Wales about 2 yrs &> hehad <was> <then> been <on> a mission in the Eastern States, & thro’ excessive labor & exposure, brought on quick consumption; he left a faithful wife & several children to lament his loss. [p. 7]