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.
<Sunday Novr. 5> Rode out with and others, for her health—
At dinner I was taken suddenly sick— went to the door & vomited all my dinner— dislocated my jaws and raised fresh blood, and had every <many> symptom<s> of being poisoned—
In the evening a prayer meeting in the Hall over the —
< having kept a school in the hall for some time, the noise proved a nuisance to the Clerks in the History Office & I> Gave orders to tell he must find some other room in which to teach School— <as the room is needed for councils—>
Meeting at the , when preached—
Received a letter from dated Octr 16— he informs me there is a great call for preaching & many r [are] wanted throughout the British Isles; much opposition; publishing the Saints r anxious to have the Star continue its publication as 1600 copies r circulated.
Also received a letter from giving a partial account of the business affairs of the Emigration & publishing Offices.
<7> moved the tables back into the room <hall,> when & called to report that the noise in the School disturbed them in the progress of <writing> the History, & I gave orders that must look out for another place as the History must <continue &> not be disturbed, as there is no <are but few> subjects that I have felt a greater anxiety about than the <my> History, which has been a very difficult task, on account of the death of my best clerks, & the apostacy <of others> & <the> stealing of records by & & others—
The , viz, Prest. , , , , , <> & assembled in the Mayors office & voted to raise $500— to get paper &c to print the Doctrine & Covenants—.
Also voted that , , <&> be a Committee to borrow or get the money, & that go along with them—
<Novr. 8> From 9 to 11½ a m had an interview with & <read> & heard read part of my history— then attended to settling some accounts with several individuals. P.M. examined a sample of fringe designed for the pulpits of the — from 2 to 3 conversing with , Lewis, & others—
I publish <copy> from the Neighbor of<of> this date <has> the following “We know that statements (see 110 111) and the following editorial “Who shall be our next President (page 110) friends duly”
I wrote <to> the followin T&S “To the Saints (see T&S 376) Joseph Smith”
<11> A Co of Eur Saints arrived from — the work is still prospering in that country— poverty & distress r [are] making rapid strides, & the situation of the laboring classes is getting every da[y] more deplorable.
City Council met, my prest pro tem— appointed Assessor & Collector for 1st. Ward Daniel Hendrichs [Hendrix] for 2nd Ward— 3 Ward— & for 4th. ward— [p. 78]