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.
<Thursday Septr. 14th.—> I attended a second lecture <on Socialism> by Mr [John] Finch; and after he got through, I <made a few remarks> alluding to and getting up a Community at , and of the big fish there eating up all the little fish. I said I did not believe the doctrine. Mr Finch replied a few minutes, and said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness— I am the Spiritual prophet— Mr Smith the temporal.” replied to the lecture at some length.—
<Saturday 16> General parade of the near my — went in company with my staff to the muster, and was met by an escort, and arrived before the Legion about noon. I was received and saluted in with Military style <honors>. about 1 P M. The Legion was dismissed about one P. M for two hours, and I rode home to dinner. I returned about twenty minutes after three, attended the review, and <with my staff> inspected the Legion; after which I took my post and gave orders. I After then <the inspection I> made a speech to the Legion. I was highly gratified with the officers and soldiers, and I felt extremely well myself. About sun-down the Legion was dismissed. I rode home with some of my staff highly delighted with the day’s performance, and well paid for my services.
<Sunday 17th.—> I was at meeting, and while was preaching I took my post as Mayor outside the Assembly, and <to> keep order, and set an example to the other officers. After preaching I gave some instruction about order in the congregation, men among women and women among men, horses in the Assembly, and men and boys on the <who do not belong there> &c
P. M.— Mr Blodgett, a Unitarian Minister preached; I was gratified with his sermon in general, but differed in opinion on some points, on which I <freely> expressed freely my myself to his great satisfaction, viz, on persecution making the work spread:— like rooting up a flower garden or kicking back the sun. <(leave 2 lines)>
<Monday 18th.> I received a letter from Governor < as follows: <(see MS. of Septr. 13)>> informing me that he did not think there was any danger of <our> being invaded by the Missourians; if we were he should do his utmost to suppress it. I told several of my friends that my enemies were trying to get up another scheme to come upon us &c.
I attended a council at my .
A was held at Preston, Halifax Co, Nova Scotia; 1 , 1 1 & 14 Members were represented. Robert Dixon, President, J. Jerman, Clerk.
is elected Probate Judge for the County of , by a majority of 598 votes. [p. 69]