History Draft [1 March–31 December 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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2 May 1843 • Tuesday
<​May 2​> Rode out in the forenoon; about 3 p m the “Maid of Iowa” arrived from <​I was on the bank of the awaiting the arrival of my​> <​who​> returned with ,
I wrote To the of the Times & Season (page 194) <​(copy)​> Smith
Received a letter from , <​wrote me a letter​> wanting to dispose of Property, & buy <​establish​> a Printing Press in on which I directed the to send him to Liberia, or some other place <​in order​> to save him
<​About 1 pm The mate of the <​Ship​> Yorkshire pres opened the Testament to 27 <​ch.​> Acts, & asked how <​the passengers how​> we should feel to be shipwrecked <​like Paul​>; replied, <​instantly​> it is very likely we shall be shipwrecked, but the hull of this vessell has got to carry us safe into — the mate was then called away <​to​> hoist the fore top royal sail— about between 1 & 2 next morning <​when off Cape Sn. Antonio. Cuba.​> <​vivid lightning when​> a white squall arose caught the foretop royal sail, which careened the vessel, when the foremost, mainmast, & mizenmast snapped asunder <​with an awful crash​> the whole of the masts above, with [illegible] <​the Jib​> & 16 sails & studding poles, were carried overboard, with a tremendous splash & surge, when the vessel righted; leaving literally nothing but the hull to go into X​> <​X at day break found the deck all in confusion, & a complete wreck; <​during the day hoisted a sail from the stump of the main post, to the bow of the vessel—​> thus literally nothing but the hull of the vessel had to carry us <​the Saints​> into ​>
3 May 1843 • Wednesday
<​3​> Called at the & drank a glass of wine of her mo wine with Sister , of <​made by​> her Mothers in , & reviewed <​a portion​> the of minutes. of 1st half day
at 2 p m held Mayors Court, “City vs. A. Gay” on complaint of for unbecoming language, & refusing to leave store when told to leave. fined $5 and costs.
Directed a letter to be written to Gen: of , to have him meet the Maid of Iowa on her return from , & arrange with the proprietors to turn her into a Nauvoo Ferry Boat. which was done same hour.
The first number of “Nauvoo Neighbor” issued by & , in place of the “Wasp” which ceased & <​*​> <​* I here insert their first Editorial (see Neighbor— <​pa​> 2—) sustain​>
4 May 1843 • Thursday
<​4​> at 4 p m heard read a letter from , shewing that he was sick & could not attend the inspection of the , as had been expected, according to his appointment.
Having received a letter from in relation to his land difficulties, I went to & procured a deed for ’s of his farm, & settled that business.
5 May 1843 • Friday
<​5​> Told the that I had a right to take away any property I choose from the Temple <​office or store,​> & they had not right to stand in the way. It is the people that are to dictate me, & not the Committee. All the property I have belongs to the , & what I do is for the benefit of the . & you have no authority only as you receive from me.
Received the following “New York [blank] Copy [blank] which I caused to be recorded in the <​City​> Recorders <​of Land​> <​of Deeds​> (see over) [blank] Clerk
6 May 1843 • Saturday
<​6​> In the morning had an interview with a lecturer on Mesmerism & Phrenology. objected to his performing in the city. also an interiew with a Methodist Preacher, & conversed about his God without body or parts.
at 9½ a m I mounted with my staff, & with the band & about a dozen ladies led by , & proceeded to the General Parade Ground of the , east of my on the Prairie, The (see Neighbor 6 page) evolutions. <​county​> In the course of my remarks <​on the Prairie​> I told the Legion when we have petitioned those in power for assistance, they have always told us they had no power to help us, damn such power <​Traitors​>— when they give me power to protect the innocent, I will never say I can do nothing for their good, I will exercise that power. So help me God. at the close of the Parade the address the Legion marched to the & disbanded in Main Street about 2 p m, being windy & very cold.
<​There were 2 officers, & of , were present, & ex who expressed great satisfaction at our appearance. & evolutions.​>
in the evening, attended Mr. Vickers performance of wire dancing Legerdemain Dancing <​Magic​> &c &c
was held at Toulon, Stark Co. Ill. 5 , 129 members 17 , 3 , 4 , 2 , & 129 members. were represented. a branch has been recently organized at Lyons, Wayne Co. N. Y. consisting of 2 Elders, 1 Priest, 1 Teacher & 22 members.
<​ex[amine]d. JG [Jonathan Grimshaw]​> [p. 29]
2 May 1843 • Tuesday
May 2 Rode out in the forenoon; about 3 p m the “Maid of Iowa” arrived from I was on the bank of the awaiting the arrival of who returned with ,
, wrote me a letter wanting to dispose of Property, & establish a Printing Press in — on which I directed the to send him to Liberia, or some other place in order to save him
About 1 pm The mate of the Ship Yorkshire opened the Testament to 27 ch. Acts, & asked the passengers how we should feel to be shipwrecked like Paul; replied, instantly it is very likely we shall be shipwrecked, but the hull of this vessell has got to carry us safe into — the mate was then called away to hoist the fore top royal sail— between 1 & 2 next morning when off Cape Sn. Antonio. Cuba. vivid lightning when a white squall caught the foretop royal sail, which careened the vessel, when the foremost, mainmast, & mizenmast snapped asunder with an awful crash the whole of the masts above, with the Jib & 16 sails & studding poles, were carried overboard, with a tremendous splash & surge, when the vessel righted; X X at day break found the deck all in confusion, & a complete wreck; during the day hoisted a sail from the stump of the main post, to the bow of the vessel— thus literally nothing but the hull of the vessel had to carry the Saints into
3 May 1843 • Wednesday
3 Called at the & drank a glass of wine with Sister , made by her Mothers in , & reviewed a portion the minutes.
2 p m Mayors Court, “City vs. A. Gay” on complaint of for unbecoming language, & refusing to leave store when told to leave. fined $5 and costs.
Directed a letter to be written to Gen: of , to have him meet the Maid of Iowa on her return from , & arrange with the proprietors to turn her into a Nauvoo Ferry Boat. which was done same hour.
The first number of “Nauvoo Neighbor” issued by & , in place of the “Wasp” which ceased & * * I here insert their first Editorial (see Neighbor— pa 2—) sustain
4 May 1843 • Thursday
4 at 4 p m heard read a letter from , shewing that he was sick & could not attend the inspection of the , according to his appointment.
Having received a letter from in relation to his land difficulties, I went to & procured a deed for ’s farm, & settled that business.
5 May 1843 • Friday
5 Told the that I had a right to take away any property I choose from the Temple office or store, & they had not right to stand in the way. It is the people that are to dictate me, & not the Committee. All the property I have belongs to the , & what I do is for the benefit of the . & you have no authority only as you receive from me.
Received the following “New York [blank] Copy [blank] which I recorded in the City Record of Deeds (see over) [blank] Clerk
6 May 1843 • Saturday
6 In the morning had an interview with a lecturer on Mesmerism & Phrenology. objected to his performing in the city. also an interiew with a Methodist Preacher, & conversed about his God without body or parts.
at 9½ a m I mounted with my staff, & with the band & about a dozen ladies led by , proceeded to the General Parade Ground of the , east of my on the Prairie, The (see Neighbor 6 page) county In the course of my remarks on the Prairie I told the Legion when we have petitioned those in power for assistance, they have always told us they had no power to help us, damn such Traitors— when they give me power to protect the innocent, I will never say I can do nothing for their good, I will exercise that power. So help me God. at the close of the the address the Legion marched to the & disbanded in Main Street about 2 p m, being windy & very cold.
There were 2 officers, & of , present, who expressed great satisfaction at our appearance. & evolutions.
in the evening, attended Mr. Vickers performance of wire dancing Legerdemain Magic &c &c
was held at Toulon, Stark Co. Ill. 5 , 17 , 3 , 4 , 2 , & 129 members. were represented. a branch has been recently organized at Lyons, Wayne Co. N. Y. consisting of 2 Elders, 1 Priest, 1 Teacher & 22 members.
examined. JG [Jonathan Grimshaw] [p. 29]
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