I will use al maintain all the influence I can get[.] In relation to Politics I will speak as a man; but in relation to religion I will speak in authority: if a man lifts a dagger to kill me I will lift my tongue. when I last preached, I heard such a groaning I thought of the Paddy’s Heel <I Eel> when he tried to kill him he could not contrive any <better> way to do it so he put the Eel <it> in the Water to drown him & as he began to come to, “service see” said he “what pain he is in, how he wiggles his tail”. So it is with the Nation, the banks are failing & it is our privilege to say what a currency we want. we want Gold & Silver to build the & . with we want your old nose rings & finger rings & brass kettles no longer: if you have old rags watches guns &c go and peddle them off & bring the hard mettle & if we will do this by popular opinion we shall have a sound currency. Send home all Bank Notes, & take no more paper money: let every man write his neighbor, before he starts to exchange his property for Gold & Silver that he may fulfil the Scriptures & come up to bringing his Gold & Silver with him. I have contemplated these things a long time but the time had not come for me to Speak of them till now. I would not do as the have done; sell Stock for an old Store House where all the people who lived, die; and put that Stock into a man’s hands to go East & purchase rags to come here & build up mammoth bones with.
Dft. History <from Nov 27 till> Dec. 29th 1843
As a political man in the name of old Joe Smith I command the not to sell a Stock in the without the Gold or Silver. We must excuse for he was in when the committee sold Stock for the Store House. but I leave this subject
This meeting was got up by the . The Pagans, Roman Catholics, Methodists, <&> Baptists shall have peace in , only they must be ground in Joe Smiths Mill. I have been in their mill. I was ground in & States in a Presbyterian Smut Machine & the last machine was in : & the last of all I have been thro’ Smut Machine; & those who come here must com go thro’ my Smut Machine & that is my tongue.
As I closed Dr remarked to the Assembly “much good may grow out of a very little, & much good may come out of this. if any man accuses a me of exchanging Stock for rags &c he is mistaken I gave a 1000 dollars” <to this ”> (this he said upon [p. 23]