History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​September 11​> boys you ever saw. During the persecution in , when the mob came against , stood near me in one of the companies, and every time they formed, he ram’d down another ball into his <​old musket​> until he got five balls in. We are a good feeling set of men, because of the Spirit which is in us. What produces it? the impulse of the heart; we should feel the same on the desert of Arabia, or on the Islands of the sea; we feel happy wherever we are. When we ask for victuals and get turned away as we often have been, we feel just as well. The Spirit which is in me, prompts me to look forward to something better. We have a prospect of selling shares of the , and of obtaining subscriptions for the , and we feel better. Here are twelve men, and I defy all creation to bring a charge of dishonesty against them. We had to give security for the faithful performance of our duty as agents for the and : this has been heretofore unheard of in the church, I glory in it: the financial affairs of the church rest on our shoulders, and God is going to whip us into it. When men are in future called to do like , I will be one to bind them: this is a precedent. We are the only legally authorized Agents of the Church to manage affairs, give counsel to emigrants how to dispose of goods &c.
Some men come into this church through designing purposes. Mr. Cowen who lives about 30 miles above , wanted brother Joseph to make a settlement at ; several of the brethren went there and preached, and some families moved up with the intention of settling. Mr. Cowen was all love— a charming fellow, and calculated to magnetize; he is now in the Eastern Country, and going amongst the brethren, he gives one a kiss, and says he: ‘I am not a mormon, but expect to be; brother Joseph and myself are confidential friends; Can’t you lend me Five hundred dollars? I have got land, and I will give you [HC 6:28] a mortgage’. At the same time he knew quite well that his land was in a perfect swamp, and that the place was not fit for a settlement; even the Captains of Steamers could with difficulty be persuaded upon to call there either on account of goods or passengers. His name is John F. and stands five feet six inches high. There are others.
I would ask the Latter day Saints, Do you know your benefactors? do you know the source from whence you derive your knowledge? Take in the publications and periodicals of the Church; they give you intelligence of all matters pertaining to this dispensation, with revelations for the guidance of the church.
I know that men who go through the world with the truth have not much influence; but let them come with silk velvet lips and sophistry, and they will have an influence. It is your privilege to be discerners of spirits; if you don’t know me or the Twelve walk with us fifty years, and perhaps you will know us then; and if such a man as Cowen comes along, will you trust him or me? No power can hide the heart from the discerning eye. If we are ignorant, what knowledge have the rest of the people? I sit down with all my ignorance, and read people’s <​hearts as I see their​> faces, and they can’t help themselves. No one has [p. 1731]
September 11 boys you ever saw. During the persecution in , when the mob came against , stood near me in one of the companies, and every time they formed, he ram’d down another ball into his old musket until he got five balls in. We are a good feeling set of men, because of the Spirit which is in us. What produces it? the impulse of the heart; we should feel the same on the desert of Arabia, or on the Islands of the sea; we feel happy wherever we are. When we ask for victuals and get turned away as we often have been, we feel just as well. The Spirit which is in me, prompts me to look forward to something better. We have a prospect of selling shares of the , and of obtaining subscriptions for the , and we feel better. Here are twelve men, and I defy all creation to bring a charge of dishonesty against them. We had to give security for the faithful performance of our duty as agents for the and : this has been heretofore unheard of in the church, I glory in it: the financial affairs of the church rest on our shoulders, and God is going to whip us into it. When men are in future called to do like , I will be one to bind them: this is a precedent. We are the only legally authorized Agents of the Church to manage affairs, give counsel to emigrants how to dispose of goods &c.
Some men come into this church through designing purposes. Mr. Cowen who lives about 30 miles above , wanted brother Joseph to make a settlement at ; several of the brethren went there and preached, and some families moved up with the intention of settling. Mr. Cowen was all love— a charming fellow, and calculated to magnetize; he is now in the Eastern Country, and going amongst the brethren, he gives one a kiss, and says he: ‘I am not a mormon, but expect to be; brother Joseph and myself are confidential friends; Can’t you lend me Five hundred dollars? I have got land, and I will give you [HC 6:28] a mortgage’. At the same time he knew quite well that his land was in a perfect swamp, and that the place was not fit for a settlement; even the Captains of Steamers could with difficulty be persuaded upon to call there either on account of goods or passengers. His name is John F. and stands five feet six inches high. There are others.
I would ask the Latter day Saints, Do you know your benefactors? do you know the source from whence you derive your knowledge? Take in the publications and periodicals of the Church; they give you intelligence of all matters pertaining to this dispensation, with revelations for the guidance of the church.
I know that men who go through the world with the truth have not much influence; but let them come with silk velvet lips and sophistry, and they will have an influence. It is your privilege to be discerners of spirits; if you don’t know me or the Twelve walk with us fifty years, and perhaps you will know us then; and if such a man as Cowen comes along, will you trust him or me? No power can hide the heart from the discerning eye. If we are ignorant, what knowledge have the rest of the people? I sit down with all my ignorance, and read people’s hearts as I see their faces, and they can’t help themselves. No one has [p. 1731]
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