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.
<30> The brethren held a <Meeting> at <& had a good time> about 200 Saints were present; this is a flourishing little town; there are 3 saw mills, 2 flour mills, having excellent water privileges
at 10 a m a trial, commenced before the , vs. , being on appeal from the on complaint, first, For a failure in refusing to perform according to contract respecting the sale of a piece of land by him sold to me. 2nd for transferring his property in a way to enable him to bid defiance to the result & force of law, to compel him to evade the aforesaid contracts, thereby wronging me out of my just claim to the same, & also for lying, &c &c
Witnesses for , , , , .
Witnesses for , 2 affadavits of Geo Reads, Mrs. [Elizabeth Burgess] Matthews, bro Browett, Samuel Thompson, Richard Slater.
Decision of Court <Council> is, that the charges are not sustained.
<Monday Ma[y] 1> I rode out with , & paid him £20 for , which I borrowed of Wm. Allen.
I have seen the six brass plates <of a bell shape> found near Kinderhook in Pike Co. Ill, on April 23, <by Mr. R[obert] Wiley> while escavating a large mound Mr. R. Wiley They had found a skeleton about 6 feet from the surface of the Earth, which was <must have stood> 9 feet high, The plates were found on the breast of the Skeleton & were covered with ancient characters there being <from> 30 to 40 on each side of the plates.
I have translated a portion of them, & found they contained the history of the person with whom they were found; he was a descendent of Ham, through the loins of Pharaoh King of Egypt, & that he received his kingdom from the ruler of Heaven & Earth
I extract the following from the Times and Seasons, When the Book of (see page 185–6–7 revised any man now living.”
Slavery is this day abolished in every part of the British Dominions in India. [p. 28]