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.
then walked down to the to look at the stream, rocks &c— about 11½ a m suggested the idea of petitioning Congress for a grant to make a Canal over the falls— or a dam to turn the water to the so that we might erect Mills & other machinery—
<25> Mr. United States Surveyor from , arrived in —
In evening the sat on the case of for <charged with> seduction <and having stated that I had taught it was right.>— no action <charge not sustained>. I was present with several of the after adjournment held a Council & agreed to meet at the tomorrow morning—
& gave an address tending to do <away> with every evil, & exhorting them to practice virtue & Holiness before the Lord— told them that the had not received any permission from me to commit fornication, adultry or any such thing <corrupt action—> but <my> every word & action has been to the contrary— But If a man commit adultry he can not receive the of God— even if he is saved in any Kingdom, it can not be the Celestial Kingdom. I did think that the many examples that have been made manifest, such as & others, were sufficient to shew the fallacy of such a course of conduct—
I condemned such actions in toto, & warned the people present against committing the <such> evils, for it will surely bring a curse upon any person who commits such deeds—
I received a letterfrom <signed by> & six other , requesting permission from <for> Elder to remain in the ensuing winter; also a letter from giving his assent to the petition, to which the wrote the following reply “Elder (copy) Clerk”.
<Sunday 26> I met <with > the , and others, in council with Mr. at the , concerning petitioning Congress for redress of grievances— read to him the affidavits of , , , , , & taken before the Municipal Court on — & conversing with him thereon—