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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 25​> the Mormons are all killed; some times they are half killed; some times the blood is shoe deep in ; some times ‘Old Joe’, as they call him, is taken by the mob and carried to ; sometimes he is gone to ; sometimes he has run away; then again he is given up to the authorities &c &c. One might suppose him to be a sectarian God, without body, parts or passions, his center everywhere and his circumference nowhere.
“Since I left I have heard a great many expressions about the Prophet, but the prevailing opinion is, that he is the smartest man in the , and the people are afraid of his smartness. Some will vote for him for the novelty of the thing, and some to see what a prophet will do at the head of government. We had a fine passage on the rivers; preached and lectured all the way round. I lectured at and in . We held political meetings at Shalorsville and . I preached in the first house west of old ’s, where Bros Joseph and were mobbed; I looked at the house a great many times. I left Bros. and in doing well. The Twelve have been faithful in all things. Br. is a great man in his calling in this country. Bro has never been with us before: he is a great, good, noble hearted man. I love my brethren more and more. I want to see you and the rest of the brethren in . Give my best love to Bros Joseph & . I cannot be there to see them but I pray for them continually, and for you and all the brethren in our beloved , and I pray my Heavenly Father to preserve my brethren, my family, and the whole . I pray that we may finish the and get our endowments.
“We had a large congregation in at our convention, though in the evening there were some came in that made some disturbance. This proves that the voice of the people rules— that is the voice of the rabble; one of the watch got some hurt, but all this did us good in . , from , is here with us and is doing much good: he is a faithful witness for Br Joseph and the principles of righteousness.
We have baptised a good many since we left. The gospel is going ahead. All the stories that are going the rounds make no difference, the people will believe the gospel. You might ask what we think about Bro Joseph’s getting the election this year? You know all about it. We shall do all we can and leave the event with God, the God of Heaven will do just as he pleases about it. Bro and many others are here, they are awake to the subject. We are now in the Concert Hall in ; Br is now speaking. We shall attend the conferences in this country, and then leave for the western States to attend the conferences and get home as quick [HC 7:210] as possible. If you are to have a little trouble there we wish to have a hand in <​it​> with you.
“I wish you would see my family and speak comfortably to them. I hope all will go on well with him. If you get a chance to dispose of our property at a good rate, do so. If my wife can get anything to help her, I should be pleased. Give my love to and all the household, and all the Saints. Bros and will [p. 284]
July 25 the Mormons are all killed; some times they are half killed; some times the blood is shoe deep in ; some times ‘Old Joe’, as they call him, is taken by the mob and carried to ; sometimes he is gone to ; sometimes he has run away; then again he is given up to the authorities &c &c. One might suppose him to be a sectarian God, without body, parts or passions, his center everywhere and his circumference nowhere.
“Since I left I have heard a great many expressions about the Prophet, but the prevailing opinion is, that he is the smartest man in the , and the people are afraid of his smartness. Some will vote for him for the novelty of the thing, and some to see what a prophet will do at the head of government. We had a fine passage on the rivers; preached and lectured all the way round. I lectured at and in . We held political meetings at Shalorsville and . I preached in the first house west of old ’s, where Bros Joseph and were mobbed; I looked at the house a great many times. I left Bros. and in doing well. The Twelve have been faithful in all things. Br. is a great man in his calling in this country. Bro has never been with us before: he is a great, good, noble hearted man. I love my brethren more and more. I want to see you and the rest of the brethren in . Give my best love to Bros Joseph & . I cannot be there to see them but I pray for them continually, and for you and all the brethren in our beloved , and I pray my Heavenly Father to preserve my brethren, my family, and the whole . I pray that we may finish the and get our endowments.
“We had a large congregation in at our convention, though in the evening there were some came in that made some disturbance. This proves that the voice of the people rules— that is the voice of the rabble; one of the watch got some hurt, but all this did us good in . , from , is here with us and is doing much good: he is a faithful witness for Br Joseph and the principles of righteousness.
We have baptised a good many since we left. The gospel is going ahead. All the stories that are going the rounds make no difference, the people will believe the gospel. You might ask what we think about Bro Joseph’s getting the election this year? You know all about it. We shall do all we can and leave the event with God, the God of Heaven will do just as he pleases about it. Bro and many others are here, they are awake to the subject. We are now in the Concert Hall in ; Br is now speaking. We shall attend the conferences in this country, and then leave for the western States to attend the conferences and get home as quick [HC 7:210] as possible. If you are to have a little trouble there we wish to have a hand in it with you.
“I wish you would see my family and speak comfortably to them. I hope all will go on well with him. If you get a chance to dispose of our property at a good rate, do so. If my wife can get anything to help her, I should be pleased. Give my love to and all the household, and all the Saints. Bros and will [p. 284]
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