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.
suppose I sell you land for $10 per acre, & I gave 3, 4, or 5 per acre then some persons may cry out you are speculating; yes, I will tell you how, I buy other lands & give them to the widow & the fatherless.—— If the speculators run against me they run against the buckler of Jehovah; God did not send me up as he did Joshua; in former days God sent his servants to fight, but in the last days he has promised to fight the Battle himself. God will deal with you himself & will bless or curse you as you behave yourselves. I speak to you as one having authority, that you may know when it come; & that you may have faith & know that God has sent me.
Some persons may perhaps enquire which is the most healthy location?, & I will tell you the lower part of the Town is most healthy; in the upper part of the Town are the merchants, who will say that I am partial, &c, but the lower part of the Town is much the most healthy & I tell it you in the name of the Lord. I have been out in all parts of the , & at all times <hours> of the night, to learn these things. The Doctors in this region dont know much; & the Lawyers when I speak about them, begin to say we will denounce you on the stand, but they dont come up & I take the liberty to day what I have a mind to, about them. Doctors wont tell you where to go, to be well, they want to kill or cure you, to get your money. Calomel Doctors will give you Calomel to cure a sliver in the big toe— & he does not stop to know whether the stomach is empty, or not; & Calomel on an Empty stomach will kill the Patient. & the Lobelia Doctors will do the same. point me out a patient & I will tell you whether Calomel or Lobelia will kill him or not, if you give it.
The is more healthy to drink than the spring water— <but you had better> dig wells from 15 to 30 feet, & then the water will be healthy. There are many sloughs on the , from whence Miasmi arises in the summer, & is blown over the upper part of the ; but it does not extend over the lower part of the . All those persons who have not been accustomed to living on a river, or lake, or large pond of water, I do not want you <they> should stay on the banks of the — get away to the lower part of the , or back to the hill, where you can get good well water; if you feel any inconvenience take some mild physic 2 or 3 times, & follow that up with some good bitters: if you can not get any thing else, take a little salts & cayenne pepper, if you cannot get salts, take ippecacuana, or gnaw down a butternut tree, or use boneset or hoarhound.
Those who have money come to me & I will let you have lands, & those who have not money, if they look as well as I do, I will give you advice that will do you good.
I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
made some remarks concerning the Prophets.———— every report in circulation not congenial to good understanding, is false; false as the dark regions of hell.
Closed by singing & prayer
After meeting many of the Saints repaired to the ; the Steamer “Maid of Iowa” arrived during meeting from , where it went last night, after the freight which it left, to enable it to get over the Rapids.
I was among them until about 3 oclock, when the boat left I walked with .
18 vessels wrecked on the Irish Coast, by the Easterly winds.
The Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey <> explode killing seven persons.
The Siamese twins Chang and Eng, marry thetwomisses <two sisters> Sarah & Adelaide Yeates of Wilkes Co. N. C. [p. 20]