Coun. moved that we declare ourselves an independant nation.
Coun. said he did not think it necessary, inasmuch as the nation has already made us independant.
The then stated that through his advise has commenced making fifteen shooters, and has one here for a sample. He wants some of one of the brethren to buy it, that can send to and get some more barrels.
The Gun was sold to .
Counrs. & sung the “Cap Stone” song composed by
Coun. said that some of the brethren on the East boundaries of the has got into difficulty on account of having enclosed a piece of land. It has been enclosed by a number of poor brethren [p. ]
Phelps wrote this hymn for the capstone ceremony of the Nauvootemple, which took place two weeks later on 24 May 1845. The hymn briefly reviewed the persecutions of church members in Missouri and Illinois, as well as the actions of several dissenters, particularly Sidney Rigdon. The lyrics pledged that despite these difficulties church members would “uphold the Twelve apostles, / With authority from God” and that by finishing the Nauvoo temple they would “make Nauvoo as Eden, / Where the saints can meet the Lord.” The chorus read: “We are a band of brethren, / And we’ve rear’d the Lord a temple, / And the cap stone now is finish’d, / And we’ll sound the news abroad.” (“The Capstone of the Temple,” Nauvoo Neighbor, 28 May 1845, ; William W. Phelps, “The Cap Stone,” Times and Seasons, 1 Aug. 1845, 6:991.)
Nauvoo Neighbor. Nauvoo, IL. 1843–1845.
Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.