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.
<Monday 19 June> <The Laborers held a meeting in the , to investigate the price & principles of labor.> & arrived at at Sunrise, tarried about two hours to shoe <get> the <a> horse <shod> & take breakfast; started again at 7 for where they arrived at 3 p m put up their horses to feed & rest; they took dinner & slept till 7, when they started again & rode ’till midnight, when the horses being tired & weary, they turned them into a field, & <they themselves> lay down to sleep about 2 hours , when they again resumed their journey, & rode 4 <one> miles north of Hendersonville, where they stopt to feed <their> horses—
<20> about 7½ a m again started on our <their> journey & arrived at Andover about 10 a m, they turned out their horses to graze in the woods for about half an hour, when they proceeded to Gennesseo where they arrived at 2½ p m tried to hire a pair of horses to continue the journey, but did not succeed. they left Gennesseo at 6 <pm> & travelled to Portland, where they arrived at 12, put up their horses & went to bed until 4 a. m.
<The following appears in the Nauvoo Neighbor, which serves to illustrate the benefit of Chartered rights in : Sir (see Neighbor <page> 31) Company
reported the names of various persons in the Islands of Great Britain & Ireland who donated various small sums <between May & Decr. 1842> as contributions for building the & paid over 975.04 in the fall & winter of 1842 which <the names of the donors & amounts> are recorded in the Law of the Lord.
<I insert the following as an exception to the gen universal rule,> Earl Spencer keeps all the poor in the parish of Wormleighton, England & <so> prevents a poor rate; he allows his laborers 9s. [9 shillings] a week when out of employment & they pay only 1s. a year as a nominal rent for the house in which they severally reside.>
<21> < & > left Portland at 4 a,m & travelled to within 9 miles of , they changed their course & went direct to Inlet <grove,> where they arrived at 12½ took dinner & fed their horses left Inlet at 2 <p.m.> & arrived at [Benjamin] Wasson’s at 4 pm where they learned that I & were <was> gone to in the Carriage; and altho their horses were tired down they started to <for> meet me <> whi but met me about half way <x>— I told them not to be alarmed, I have no fear, I shall not leave here, I have plenty of <shall find> friends, & they <Missourians> can not hurt me <I tell you [[in the]] name of Israel’s God.> <x> They returned with me to Wassons & were glad to find a resting place having rode 190 <212> miles, in 66 hours, & had very little rest on the way; the horses were tired & their backs very sore
<Thursday 22> Another meeting of the Laborers in the <near the > concerning wages.
<I had previously given out an appointment to preach this day at , but on account of the change in circumstances, I wrote to telling the ppl [people] there was a writ out for me, & therefore declined preaching, &> Joseph <I> kept himself <myself> quiet all day, telling my friends that if I started for home I might be <arrested <where I had no friends> &> kidnapped into . wh & thought it best to tarry whe <here> among friends <at Inlet> & see the result; many were desirous to hear me preach but <were disappointed.> not wishing to have any excitement<in the country>by the PriestsI feel it wisdom to decline
<Lawyer of , having heard of the writ being out against me, rode 12 miles to inform me. I thanked him for his kindness, paid him 25.00 & toldhim introduced him to my friends & , shewing that I had received previous information—>