his own responsibility) “and fifty dollars to the , & same to Fulmer, to get Stone to build Joseph a house, & I mean to build a Joseph a house & you may build this, & I will help you. I mean to profit by this: & I will divide the mammoth bones with you. I am guilty of all I have been of which I have been charged. I have signed my name to a petition for to have to have the Post Office. I did not know <of> a petition for Joseph Smith”.
I replied I thought I would make a coat but it dont fit the only in the Post Office; if it does fit any one let them put it on, the bones are Skeletons, & as old Ezekiel said I command that the bones flesh and sinews shall <to> come upon them and <that> they may live be clothed.
February Wednesday 22. At nine this morning brother Abel Owen presented a claim to send of considerable amount against <> & notes of of about $700. for payment, he said he was poor & not unable to labor & wanted something to live on. I told him to burn the papers & I fully would help him. He gave me the papers & I gave him an order on for fifteen dollars worth of provisions, this was a gift, as the was not obligated to pay those debts. I rode about the with during the day & read in German.
The latest accounts from the East Indies state that the Cholera was raging in Burmah, Asia, with <to a> fearful extent, whole villages in the interior have become desolate either by flight or death.
Thursday 23. This morning read German & rode out a few miles on horseback but did not get off my horse. In the afternoon called to collect & Taxes. bro. Dixon called concerning some lost or stolen property I burned twenty three dollars of City Scrip saying <& while it was> burning, said, so may all unsound & uncurrent money go down. Gave my instructions to pay no more Taxes on the Hodgkiss <Hotchkiss> purchase. started for this morning, & commenced preaching in that place
Friday 24. Rode out with , dined abroad, rode to ’s, called on had some conversation about the Post Office & several other matters: returned to my & at 3 o clock walked out with having closed<about this time>hvsing closed In reply to vade mecum or “Go with me” of 20 January last I dictated the following answer which I delivered about this time “To ” (T. & S. 82. 83. 84. <85.>) Joseph Smith”—
Saturday 25 This morning bro. gaveme <made me a present of> a Gold Watch— <I> spent the forenoon in the City Council— the Council passed “an ordinance in relation to Internments”: also “An Ordinance in relation to the duties of the City Attorney”: also “An Ordinance concerning a Market on Main Street” [p. 24]