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.
<Saturday 9th.—> My a little more comfortable. went to got the deed signed by and his wife, and returned in the evening. <General training of> The . trained
The met the in at Boylston Hall in 16 were represented containing 878 members. <A great deal of valuable instruction was given by the Twelve and the Hall, a very large one, was crowded A number were during conference which lasted three days. <The Minutes of conference I here insert>>
<Sunday 10th.> Cold, and considerable rain; Kindled a fire in the for the first time this fall. This is the first rain of any consequence since the first of June; there has been occasional— say three or four slight showers, but not enough to wet the potato hills and the vegetables in the gardens have generally stopped growing on account of the drouth:— even Corn is seriously injured,— much of it by a worm in the ear. Early potatoes are scarce worth digging.
<Monday 11th.—> Early this morning a petition was presented to me as Lieut. General to devise means to get the public arms of the for the <*>.
Election for Probate Justice— weather cold— people cold. received Most of the votes in ,— say 700 votes. Before noon <* Whereupon> I grantedthe petition, and appointed , & a committee to wait on on the subject.
6 P. M, I met with my brother , , & , in my private room, where we had a season of prayer for ’s little daughter who was sick, and who was some better.
started left for Portland by Railroad, and while passing through Chesterwoods <Woods>, the Engine was thrown off the line <tracks>, and with the Baggage cars, smashed to pieces. Several of the passenger trains mounted the ruins, but none of the passengers were injured except two very slightly The Engineer however was killed instantaneously. < with most of the passengers remained all night in the woods, and found it very cold.>
<Wednesday 13> I attended a lecture at the by Mr. John Finch, a Socialist, from , and said a few words in reply.
The following article appears in the Neighbor, copied from “The New Haven (Conn.) Herald”. “ and Joseph Smith. A gentleman of this town &c” (<see Neighbor> page 78) write Joseph for Joe. <to informant>
<I insert the doings of the Anti-Mormon meeting at as published in the Warsaw Message of this date, as the <a> most perfect <diabolical> specimen of black-hearted corruption and falsehood ever spread upon paper: “Great Meeting of Anti-Mormons &c &c” <at bottom (leave ten lines)>> [p. 68]