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.
<Frida[y] April 14> rode out to my & to the Prairie, with some of the Emigants: & sold 20 acres of land & returned. & when I was again riding out in the evening, broke the Carriage on the side hill, when we all returned home on foot.
The Natchez Free Trader I give the following speech entire, as copied from the National Intelligencer, as a specimen of the way the seed of Joseph are being “wasted before the Gentiles.” Speech of Col Cobb (T&S. 205 <copy>) your side—
<Sunday 16> Meeting at the at 10 a m I read s letter to the of the Times & Seasons concerning the death of <who died in 20 Decr. 1842—> & remarked that I read it, because it was so appropriate to all who had died in the faith.
<17> Rain last night, green grass begins to appear.
Walked out in the with , visited , & gave him some instructions about the letter purporting to come from the Attorney General [Hugh] Legare;— also called on in relation to the house he lived in, above the old buryng ground— returned home & conversed with <Elder> . Received from 50 Gold Sovereigns from for the & ; also received £87 from the English Brethren, for Land— at 5½ p.m. called at the for a short time, when I returned home & listened to the reading of a synopsis of my sermon of last Sabbath—
Advices from Guadaloupe, state, that up to the 25 March, 4500 bodies had been dug out of the ruins of Pointe-a-Pitne & 2,200 of the wounded <by the late, Earthquake> were in the hospital at Basseterre; & that five other shocks have been subsequently felt.
Elder E[dward] M. Webb he writes, that he has been laboring with success in several counties in , & when he came to comstock in Kalamazoo Co., Dr. was there lecturing, <in Kalamazoo, the Shire town; who> & when he <who> was told that there was a Mormon Elder in the Town, <neighborhood,> he <> said, “that is one of Jo. Smith’s 500 destroying angels, who is come to kill me ”& he left in such haste, that he forgot to pay his tavern bill, & as also the poor Presbyterians for lighting & warming the house for him— Elder Webb commenced preaching there, 24, & organized a at<in> Kalamazoo there
100 barrels or 10,000 lbs of Gunpowder, are deposited in 15 separate chambers, & simultaneously fired, with complete success in the Abbotts Cliff, Dover, England. [p. 21]