History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , Richard Bentley, and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
<August 1st. <2nd.>> My health is some better, and I rode out in the afternoon with <to> J[acob] Baum’s to borrow money. Spent the evening at home in conversation with
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<<* Augt. 2nd. <1843>> A subscription has been got up to build a house for Dr. <> to which I subscribed a Lot. The brethren subscribed $25 Cash 10 Cord Stone 39 Bu Lime 105 Days works, $59 in works, 15,900 Bricks, Glass, <Lumber, &> & other Materials, together with a quantity of produce. I hope the day is <now> not far distant when my clerk will have a comfortable house for his family.>
<Augt. 3rd.> Elder [Charles] Beck of gave <having> <paid> $48 for the passage of six of the <Augt. 3rd.> to Baltimore, and they started this morning, <Augt. 3rd.> and rode all day and night over the Alleghany Mountains in the Stage.
I continued unwell. I received $800 in specie and a $200 note from Benjamin Meginness for 100 acres of land.
<<Sunday> 6> Meeting at the . preached on testimony; when he closed I told the people I would preach my sermon next Sunday, as I was not well <able> to day; but I will <would> now speak on another subject, viz the electi[o]n. “I am above the Kingdoms of the world, for I have no laws. I am not come to tell you to vote this way that way or the other. In relati[o]n to National Matters I want it to go abroad unto the whole world, that every man should stand on his own merits. The Lord has not given me a revelation concerning politics— I have not asked Him for one— I am a third party, and stand independent and alone. I desire to see all parties protected in their rights. As for he is a Whig Candidate— a high-minded man; he has not hung on to my coat tail to gain his election as some have said. I am going to give a testimony, but not for electioneering purposes: before came to rumor came up that he might become a Candidate; says I he is an old friend and I’ll vote for him. When he came to my house I voluntarily told him I shd vote for him— When I made him acquainted with the laws <ordinances> of , he in relation to the writs of , he received <acted> uponthem <in accordance therewith> on my testimony. The rascals ( & ) took ’s & ’s signature <security> when I was arrested. made come to me and beg my pardon for the abuse he gave me. And through his means and influence the pistols were taken from the rascals. He withdrew all [p. 61a]
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