History Draft [1 March–31 December 1843]

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D. <​Daniel M.​> Burbank’s Statement.
1843
Sunday June 25. The brethren were collecting through the night on the maid of Iowa, and commenced making preparations for the trip, all hands uniting in loading the boat with firewood.
Monday 26 About 8½ A. M. in company with went <​came​> on board, and instructed <​us​> to watch for the Steamboats that may run up the , and if any persons were running bro. Joseph down the river, under any pretext whatever, as the Amaranth had carried the news to that Joseph Smith was going to be tried at Ottoway, and it had been reported that a company of men were armed in , and had chartered a steam boat to run up to Ottoway there to seize Joseph and kidnap him to , and if we saw such a boat we were to rescue Joseph at all hazards and bring him to . then blessed the Company in the name of the Lord and the “little maid” started at 9¼ a. m. down the with the following persons on board, viz: Captain of boat, Daniel M Burbank 1st Pilot, Mate. <​Capt. of company​> Geo <​W​> Langley Lieut. , Chaplain, , Surgeon, John S. Higbee, , Enoch N King, , Whitford G. Wilson, Bushrod W. Wilson, John Bair, Ben Rolfe, , George W. LangleyJames Aikin, , , William Meeks, Calvin Reed, Robert C. Moore, Levi Stuart [Stewart], Urban V. Stewart, Allen Stout, Welcome Chapman, WmS. Yocum, Thos Briley, Henry J. Young, James Washington <​Worthington​>, Geo. W. Thatcher, H. M. Alexander, , Benjamin L. Clapp, . A. Young, John Fido, , , , E. J. Sabin, , H. B. M. Jolley, J. F Lane, , H. P. Palmer, Benjn Jones, Robert C. Egbert, , R. A. Allred, , H. Permain, John Binley, Geo. W. Rosecrantz, and about 25 others whose names are not reported. At 9 P.M. she turned the point of the bend and started up the . She did not stop until opposite Diamond Isle about <​27​> 4 o’clock on Tuesday morning 27th; where they learned that the “Chicago Bell” had passed up the the day previous, with a large company of men, having a swivel gun on the forecastle as they said, with the intention of taking Joseph Smith at all hazards, and conveying him to . The “Maid” next hailed at the Erie landing 5 miles above Beardstown, where they were told that the “Belle” was twelve hours a head, and the company <​on board​> [p. 1]
Daniel M. Burbank’s Statement.
1843
Sunday June 25. The brethren were collecting through the night on the maid of Iowa, and commenced making preparations for the trip, all hands uniting in loading the boat with firewood.
Monday 26 About 8½ A. M. in company with came on board, and instructed us to watch for the Steamboats that may run up the , and if any persons were running bro. Joseph down the river, under any pretext whatever, as the Amaranth had carried the news to that Joseph Smith was going to be tried at Ottowa, and it had been reported that a company of men were armed in , and had chartered a steam boat to run up to Ottowa there to seize Joseph and kidnap him to , and if we saw such a boat we were to rescue Joseph at all hazards and bring him to . then blessed the Company in the name of the Lord and the “little maid” started at 9¼ a. m. down the with the following persons on board, viz: Captain of boat, Daniel M Burbank 1st Pilot, Mate. Capt. of company Geo W Langley Lieut. , Chaplain, , Surgeon, John S. Higbee, , Enoch N King, , Whitford G. Wilson, Bushrod W. Wilson, John Bair, Ben Rolfe, , James Aikin, , , William Meeks, Calvin Reed, Robert C. Moore, Levi Stuart [Stewart], Urban V. Stewart, Allen Stout, Welcome Chapman, WmS. Yocum, Thos Briley, Henry J. Young, James Worthington, Geo. W. Thatcher, H. M. Alexander, , Benjamin L. Clapp, . A. Young, John Fido, , , , E. J. Sabin, , H. B. M. Jolley, J. F Lane, , H. P. Palmer, Benjn Jones, Robert C. Egbert, , R. A. Allred, , H. Permain, John Binley, Geo. W. Rosecrantz, and about 25 others whose names are not reported. At 9 P.M. she turned the point of the bend and started up the . She did not stop until opposite Diamond Isle about 27 4 o’clock on Tuesday morning 27th; where they learned that the “Chicago Bell” had passed up the the day previous, with a large company of men, having a swivel gun on the forecastle as they said, with the intention of taking Joseph Smith at all hazards, and conveying him to . The “Maid” next hailed at the Erie landing 5 miles above Beardstown, where they were told that the “Belle” was twelve hours a head, and the company on board [p. 1]
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