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.
I was conveyed by & upon the first writ of towards Ottawa as far as 32 miles where I was again abused by & , which was observed by the <Note by Justin Merrill of Lehi> <leave 12 lines> Landlord, Mr.John Robinson <William Rogers>, who told Mr.[blank] Root <David Town>, & others, whom <by whom> I was befriended by them. Mr.Root Town told that if he was determined to pursue his wicked course, that there was a regulating committee living in that Town, who attended to such persons<cases> <persons>, which was the highest tribunal in the <> , &from whosedecision there was no appeal.
<Immediately after I left > My wife & her children started with my carriage from Inlet Grove <for >, driven by <her nephew> for , immediately after I had left .
The received a letter from of , requesting them to appoint a in that place to settle some difficulties existing there.
The free and accepted Ancient York Masons met at the Lodge room, being the anniversary of St. John’s day, then formed a procession in due Masonic form in front of the hall, & walked to Main Street, where the Corner Stone for a was laid by the Worshipful Master , two Masonic Hymns were sung; after which they proceeded to the near the , where an Oration was delivered by bro ; from thence they proceeded to Mr. Warner’s, where about 200 sat down to an excellent dinner; the Company broke up early in the afternoon, highly delighted with the day’s proceedings—
<Sunday 25> At this place <> it was ascertained that Judge [John D.] Caton was on a visit to , whereupon I, , , , , <> Dixon, <myself> & others started about 8 a m, & returned to the Town of , <arriving> about 4 p m , when I was again locked in a room & guarded thro the night. [6 blank lines] [p. 47]