<1> Sunday Morning January 1, 1843, The Speaker of the House of Representatives called on me to say we might have the Hall for preaching this day.— Had a pleasant interview with , , Senater Gillespie & others. In reply to I stated that the most prominet pointsof differe[n]ce in sentiment between the & Sectariens. was that the latter orders <were> all circuscribd [circumscribed] by some peculiar creed, which deprives its members the privilege of beleiving any thing not contained therein; whereas the L. D. Saints have no creed, but are ready to believe alltrueprinciples that exist, as they are made manife[s]t from time to time,— at the suggestion of the co. I explained the nature of a prophet. If any person should ask me if I were a prophet I should not deny it. as that would give me the lie; for, according to John “the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Propecy;” therefore if I p[r]ofess to be a witness or teacher, & have not the spirt of prophcy, which is the testimoy of Jesus. I must be a false witness; but if I be a true teacher & witness I must possess the spirit of prophcy. & that constitutes a prophet, & any man who says he is a teacher or preacher of Righteousness, & denies the spirit of propecy, is a lier & the truth is not in him. and by this <key> false teachers & imposters m[a]y be detected. At half past 11. A M. we repared to the Representatives Hall, where preached <from the 3dchapter of malachi> to most of the Members of the Legislature & the various departments of <the> state. I dined with at one. P.M. & at halp [half] past two returned to the Hall & heard preach from Rev. 14 chapter. 6 & 7 verses on the first principles of the Gospel. There was a respectable congregation, who listened with good attentions <notwithstanding the great anxiety to “see the Prophet”>. I supped at Bro Bowman’s where I saw <Sister> Lucy Stringham (who was one of the first fruits of the at N. York.) & many more of the Saints. at 7. I retrnd to .
<2> Monday 2 after breakfasting with , I prophesied in the name of the Lord that I should not go to dead or alive At 9½ A M. repaired to the Court Room, and at 10 court sat. took his seat on the bench accompanid by Several Ladies My case was called up, when , the Attorney General of , requstd the case to be contined till the next morning <day> & wednesday morning was set for my triel.—My Attorney filed some objections to facts referrd to in the [p. 1]