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.
<May 17> Partook of breakfast at bro. Perkins, after which we took a pleasure ride through .
at 10 a m Preached on <from> 2nd Peter 1 ch: & shewed that knowledge is power, & the man who has the greatest <most> knowledge, has the greatest power. Salvation means a man’s being saved placed beyond the power of all his enemies. The more sure word of Prophecy means, a man’s knowing that he is up unto eternal life by revelation, & the Spirit of Prophecy, through the power of the Holy . It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance. Paul has seen the third Heavens & I more. Peter penned the most sublime language of any of the Apostles.
PM attended council & afterwards rode with ’s family.
In the evening went to hear a Methodist preacher lecture, after he got thro I offered some corrections as follows the 7th. verse of 2 ch of Genesis ought to read, God breathed into Adam his spirit or breath of life, but where the word “ruach” applies to Eve it should be translated lives.
Speaking of eternal duration of matter, he <I> said, There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All Spirit is matter, but is more fine or pure, & can only be discerned by purer eyes. We can not see it, but when our bodies are purified we shall see that is all matter—
The Priest seemed pleased with the correction & from stated his intention to visit —
A was held in the Columbian Hall, Grand St. where 15 were represented comprising 6 36 , 19 , 16 , 5 & 387 members were represented 49 have been since last Conference, many have moved to & 28 have been excommunicated. 4 Elders & 1 Priest were
<18th.> We left about 8½ a m & arrived at at 10.
Paid some taxes. <the following <brief> account is from ’s <the> Journal, <of ,> who was present.> <see Clayton’s note <see (32a)>> Dined with Judge who is presiding at Court.after dinnerI conversed with him<about 2 <3> hours on>on sundry matters among others<the troubles.><he requested me to give him><I told him the <of the> whole> <a history of the persecutions there, <which I did,also an account of> my journey to to see > <for redress><and his saying <“Gentlemen> your course is just, but I can do nothing for you” when>I remarked I prophecied in the name of the Lord God <of Israel,> that in a few years, the government <of the U. S.> will be utterly overthrown & wasted, so that there will not be a Potsherd left, for their wickedness in conniving at the Mobocracy.I <he> also told the Judge the Conversation we have had <of> the day, you will never forget, it will stick to you as long as you live<you will yet aspire to be the Prest. of the >& if ever you turn your hand against me, or this people, you will feel the weight of the Almighty hand upon you.
The Judge said that any people who would do as the State<mobs> of had done, ought to be punished <brought to judgment>, they ought to be punished. He appears very friendly & acknowledged the propriety of my <Prest. Smith’s> remarks”.
We then rode home where we arrived about 5½ pm & found my family all well.
Mr. who professed to be a Catholic Priest, was at my house awaiting my arrival—