Times and Seasons, 1 October 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to be the last year of the world, and God should supply the inhabitants thereof with a large amount of food beyond the power of consumption, the present year, where is the evidence of his wisdom, or of the truth of that declaration—“My ways are equal?”
 
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Editorial Note
The last editorial selection in this issue denied rumors that JS was en route to in order to avoid arrest in and extradition to . According to the editors of the Times and Seasons, the story originated in an issue of the Picket Guard. While that issue is not extant, the story was reprinted or paraphrased in several other newspapers throughout the country. One of those newspapers, the Baltimore Sun, stated that JS started traveling northward on the on 3 September. The version reprinted by the Times and Seasons reported that JS was “on his way to ,” that “it was thought he would push for Canada,” and that “his influence is on the wane most evidently.” The editorial refutes these claims, and JS’s journal confirms that although legal authorities were indeed pursuing JS with the intent to arrest him and that JS was in hiding, he remained in or around at this time. In the months following the 8 August 1842 arrest attempt, publications both in and out of Illinois commonly speculated about JS’s whereabouts.

Joe Smith was seen on the 3d inst., on his way to , and it was thought he would push for . His influence is on the wane most evidently.—St. Louis Picket Guard.
It is a great pity that humbuggery was not on the wane too. Joe Smith is at his residence in , attending to and administering the droppings of Mormon beneficence. Apropos—would it not be a more wise course for the press abroad to drop this nonsensical jargon about the Mormons—let them pursue their vocations after their own modes, customs and consciences, than to be eternally poking sharp sticks at a harmless inoffensive sect? Surely we should think so. What say you, friend [Thomas R.] Whitney?
 
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MINUTES.
Minutes of a conference of the of the , held at Alexander, Genesee co. N. Y., on the 27–8 of August A.D. 1842.
The conference met according to previous adjournment and organized by calling Elder R. L. Young to the chair and C. R. Clark clerk; after which a hymn was then sung and the throne of Grace addressed by Elder Pelatiah Brown.
On motion said conference was adjourned to 1 o’clock P. M. Conference met according to adjournment, a hymn being sung and prayer by the president, conference proceeded to business.
Motioned and carried that the clerk take the names of all the official members present, which are as follows: , : of the , Charles Thompson, Harmon H. Hill, Joel McWithey: Elders, Geo. Thomson, Hiram Thompson, C. R. Clark, S. W. Disbrow, Nathan Hatch, [blank] Taylor, Benjamin Waldron, Thomas Pearson, Pelatiah Brown, Geo. Brown, Rowland Cobb, Nathan Bradley, R. L. Young, R. D. Sprague: , Miron Alger, John L. Bartholf, Alviras Webster, Daniel Adams: , Silas Alger, Joseph Shamp, Joseph Shadbolt, Linus Whiting, James E. Herrington: , Samuel Mott, Isaiah Call.
Representation of the several belonging to said conference.
Alexander branch represented by Samuel Mott, consists of 24 members, 2 elders, 1 deacon.
Batavia branch represented by S. W. Disbrow, consists of 22 members, 2 elders, 1 priest, 1 teacher.
Acron branch represented by James E. Herrington, consists of 9 members, 1 elder, 1 priest.
Charlotte Centre branch represented by Thomas Pearson, consists of 16 members, 3 elders.
Attica branch represented by Alviras Webster, consists of 13 members, 1 priest, 1 teacher.
Castile branch represented by Benjamin Waldron, consists of 5 members, 2 elders, 1 teacher. Also 4 members, living near by.
Bennington branch represented by Joel McWithey, consists of 24 members, 2 elders, 1 deacon.
Sparta branch represented by R. L. Young, consists of 13 members, 2 elders, 1 deacon; 2 moved away since last conference.
Loon Lake branch represented by R. L. Young, consists of 6 members, 2 elders.
Howard and Bath branches represented by R. L. Young, consist of 25 members, 1 priest, 1 teach[er.]
In Burns are 2 members and 1 elder.
In Grove are 5 members and 1 teacher.
In Granger are 2 members and 1 elder.
Conference then adjourned to Br. Geo. Thompson’s at early candle light.
Opened agreeable to adjournment: after singing and prayer, conference proceeded to business.
Moved and carried that no elder or priest belonging to any of the branches under the jurisdiction of this conference, go beyond the jurisdiction of his branch to preach and build up the church without a recommend from said conference; and that no officer shall hereafter be ordained to any of the above branches except for the express purpose of presiding over or in said branch without the voice of the conference.
Motioned and carried that Richard D. Spraque and Rowland Cobb have a recommend to build up the church in the regions round about. [p. 941]
to be the last year of the world, and God should supply the inhabitants thereof with a large amount of food beyond the power of consumption, the present year, where is the evidence of his wisdom, or of the truth of that declaration—“My ways are equal?”
 
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Editorial Note
The last editorial selection in this issue denied rumors that JS was en route to in order to avoid arrest in and extradition to . According to the editors of the Times and Seasons, the story originated in an issue of the Picket Guard. While that issue is not extant, the story was reprinted or paraphrased in several other newspapers throughout the country. One of those newspapers, the Baltimore Sun, stated that JS started traveling northward on the on 3 September. The version reprinted by the Times and Seasons reported that JS was “on his way to ,” that “it was thought he would push for Canada,” and that “his influence is on the wane most evidently.” The editorial refutes these claims, and JS’s journal confirms that although legal authorities were indeed pursuing JS with the intent to arrest him and that JS was in hiding, he remained in or around at this time. In the months following the 8 August 1842 arrest attempt, publications both in and out of Illinois commonly speculated about JS’s whereabouts.

Joe Smith was seen on the 3d inst., on his way to , and it was thought he would push for . His influence is on the wane most evidently.—St. Louis Picket Guard.
It is a great pity that humbuggery was not on the wane too. Joe Smith is at his residence in , attending to and administering the droppings of Mormon beneficence. Apropos—would it not be a more wise course for the press abroad to drop this nonsensical jargon about the Mormons—let them pursue their vocations after their own modes, customs and consciences, than to be eternally poking sharp sticks at a harmless inoffensive sect? Surely we should think so. What say you, friend Thomas R. Whitney?
 
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MINUTES.
Minutes of a conference of the of the , held at Alexander, Genesee co. N. Y., on the 27–8 of August A.D. 1842.
The conference met according to previous adjournment and organized by calling Elder R. L. Young to the chair and C. R. Clark clerk; after which a hymn was then sung and the throne of Grace addressed by Elder Pelatiah Brown.
On motion said conference was adjourned to 1 o’clock P. M. Conference met according to adjournment, a hymn being sung and prayer by the president, conference proceeded to business.
Motioned and carried that the clerk take the names of all the official members present, which are as follows: , : of the , Charles Thompson, Harmon H. Hill, Joel McWithey: Elders, Geo. Thomson, Hiram Thompson, C. R. Clark, S. W. Disbrow, Nathan Hatch, [blank] Taylor, Benjamin Waldron, Thomas Pearson, Pelatiah Brown, Geo. Brown, Rowland Cobb, Nathan Bradley, R. L. Young, R. D. Sprague: , Miron Alger, John L. Bartholf, Alviras Webster, Daniel Adams: , Silas Alger, Joseph Shamp, Joseph Shadbolt, Linus Whiting, James E. Herrington: , Samuel Mott, Isaiah Call.
Representation of the several belonging to said conference.
Alexander branch represented by Samuel Mott, consists of 24 members, 2 elders, 1 deacon.
Batavia branch represented by S. W. Disbrow, consists of 22 members, 2 elders, 1 priest, 1 teacher.
Acron branch represented by James E. Herrington, consists of 9 members, 1 elder, 1 priest.
Charlotte Centre branch represented by Thomas Pearson, consists of 16 members, 3 elders.
Attica branch represented by Alviras Webster, consists of 13 members, 1 priest, 1 teacher.
Castile branch represented by Benjamin Waldron, consists of 5 members, 2 elders, 1 teacher. Also 4 members, living near by.
Bennington branch represented by Joel McWithey, consists of 24 members, 2 elders, 1 deacon.
Sparta branch represented by R. L. Young, consists of 13 members, 2 elders, 1 deacon; 2 moved away since last conference.
Loon Lake branch represented by R. L. Young, consists of 6 members, 2 elders.
Howard and Bath branches represented by R. L. Young, consist of 25 members, 1 priest, 1 teacher.
In Burns are 2 members and 1 elder.
In Grove are 5 members and 1 teacher.
In Granger are 2 members and 1 elder.
Conference then adjourned to Br. Geo. Thompson’s at early candle light.
Opened agreeable to adjournment: after singing and prayer, conference proceeded to business.
Moved and carried that no elder or priest belonging to any of the branches under the jurisdiction of this conference, go beyond the jurisdiction of his branch to preach and build up the church without a recommend from said conference; and that no officer shall hereafter be ordained to any of the above branches except for the express purpose of presiding over or in said branch without the voice of the conference.
Motioned and carried that Richard D. Spraque and Rowland Cobb have a recommend to build up the church in the regions round about. [p. 941]
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