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Day in the Life

Feb 15, 1849

Journal Entry

February 15, 1849 ~ Thursday

Feb 15th 18489 [FIGURES] To President Young
And Council 2 sheets
On Territorial Bills
And Government 1 sheet
To Historian 1 sheet

I wrote A letter to President
Young And Council containing
two full sheets of fools cap writing
in my Journal Hand giving an
account of my leaving Council Bl[uffs]
my meetings at Mount Pisgah & Garden Grove, My providential
delivery from Death, visit at the Temple & Nauvoo, meeting at St
Louis
, Death [of] our child on the journey, Arival at Boston, Burning
of Albany, Stay of my family in Maine & return to Cambridgeport
my travels Among the Churches. Represented the branches as
808, the capacity of the Saints to gather, the course I have
persued in teaching, the report of the Elders that the world have
no interest in hearing the gospel in this land, the No we have baptized
the cause why this people are Hardened And do not hear, interview
with Capt Joseph Russel, price of his property, & help &c. I spoke
lengthy of Elder A Badlams case gave cause for his going to Calafor[nia]
spoke of the benefits of going to the valley instead of the Sacramento. I
rejoiced in the News from the valley & of the progress of the work
in Europe, spoke of Elder Barnes going to Zion, Little & Hardy traiding
Appleby sickness. Requested letters, council, Prayers &c &c.

I wrote Another letter to President Young & council filled A shee[t]
of letter paper spoke upon the visit of A. W. Babbitt his doings in wash-
ington
He wished me to go there, the post offices at Garden Grove
Pisdgah Salt Lake valley &c spoke upon the various bills concerning thact contry
the cause of my not going to washington; my views on goverment
of that country, T. H. Benton course & views on Calafornia, Babbitt car
rying the Mail, His future intentions, difficulties between him & O
Hyde
, spoke of the visit of Mr Shed, Wm Smith Appearance &
teaching, gold fever excitement, 200 ships gone there, End of the Exciteme[nt]
be a tale for the Recorder, Railroad discussed via Pannama, Mexico, Santif[e] ,
Salt Lake, Oregon &c. I am called upon for information to go by land to
gold digings via Salt Lake I oppose the route do not think the saints would
wish it. Would it not be well for soldiers to plant some claims in the
salt Lake valley to secure it against land speculaters. I closed this let[ter]
with the following. Notice to the inhabitants of the salt Lake valley
As the inhabitants of Boston Are about preparing A light train of
cars, Engins, Baloons &c to Navigate the air to carry passengers And good[s]
to the gold digings, should they come over the valley And burst
there boiler & run off the track, And it shoiuld rain hot water, boilers
engins, cars, Baloons, sails, dry goods & men, Be not alarmed as it
will ownly be a shower of the march of intellect, internal improvement
ingenuity, and yankee Notions.

I Also filled A sheet of letter paper to the Historian of the Church on
the signs of the times. I spoke of forwarding the Herald to him, made
An extract from my Journal concerning the leading features of the
signs of the times of 1848. Spoke of the revolutions of France, Jermany
Prusia, Austria Russia, the fall of the papal crown & power, the restorati[o]
n of the Jews, opening the way for the spread of the gospel, progress
of the work in the British Isles, the situation of the American Gover[n]
ment, foundation for dissolving the Union, the blindness of the
people And increase of crime. I closed by making An address concern[ing]
Zion in the following words

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Badlam, Alexander, b. 1808
28 Nov 1808 - 1 Dec 1894
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Babbitt, Almon Whiting
1 Oct 1813 - 21 Oct 1856
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Young, Brigham
1 Jun 1801 - 26 Aug 1877
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Apostle, Family
Little, Jesse Carter
26 Sep 1815 - 26 Dec 1893
171 mentions
Russell, Joseph
17 Aug 1786 - 10 Mar 1855
64 mentions
Hardy, Leonard Wilford
31 Dec 1805 - 31 Jul 1884
227 mentions
Family
Hyde, Orson
8 Jan 1805 - 28 Nov 1878
673 mentions
Apostle
Woodruff, Shuah Carter
28 Oct 1847 - 22 Jul 1848
12 mentions
Family
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Appleby, William Ivins
13 Aug 1811 - 20 May 1870
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I Also filled A sheet of letter paper to the Historian of the Church on the signs of the times. I spoke of forwarding the Herald to him, made An extract from my Journal concerning the leading features of the signs of the times of 1848. Spoke of the revolutions of France, Jermany Prusia, Austria Russia, the fall of the papal crown & power, the restorati[o] n of the Jews, opening the way for the spread of the gospel, progress of the work in the British Isles, the situation of the American Gover[n] ment, foundation for dissolving the Union, the blindness of the people And increase of crime. I closed by making An address concern[ing] Zion in the following words
~ Wilford Woodruff

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Letter to Brigham Young and Council, 15 February 1849
Cambridgeport Mass To President Young And Council, Beloved Brethren, As an opportunity is presenting itself for me to forward A communication to you in the spring Mail by private conveyance, I feel it my duty to improve it by giving you an account of my stewardship, and of affairs in these Eastern lands. I left the Saints in Pottawatamie Co Ioway on the 21st of June with my family to procede by land to the Mississippi River. I held A meeting in company with Elder O. Hyde with the Saints, at Mount Pisgah, Appointed A new Presiding Elder, & Council, Had a good meeting, & left all parties Apparently satisfyed. I Also held A meeting with Elder Kington & the Saints At garden Grove And had A pleasant time with them. On the 5th July while on my Journey I drove my carriage into the dooryard of Br James Williams to spend the night I tied my multes to A large sound oak tree in A lot on the opposite side of the road. As I was about to retire to bed in my carriage with my family as usual, A still small voice whispered to me in in An intelligent manner And told me to remove my Mules and carriage from whare they were, I looked Around And could see no danger: yet I done As the spirit told me, tied my Mules in A little groves, And moved mey waggon some rods And set it beside the House, And retired to bed: but had not been there but few moments before A whirlwind struck us, And tore the oak tree from its foundation And it came thundering to the Earth, And the main body of it fell length ways whare ymy carriage stood, which had it not have been moved would probably have been crushed to the Earth, And myself And family killed, Also the Mules. But through the mercy of God we were all saved, for which blessing I felt to offer up the gratitude of my heart. It was A striking proof of the benefits to be derived from harkning to the teachings of that still small voice. On Sunday the 9th July in company with Brs John Snider & Dana, I went on to the roof of the Temple in Nauvoo, And had A view of that once flourishing but now desolate city. The people were in quite A state of Excitement from A report in circulation that Elder Hyde was to preach in the Temple on that day's many came in waggons from the country to hear A Preach or have a fight, it Appeared to be all the same with them. But Br Hyde had given out no appointment. And their was no fighting, And no Preaching, Except what I done to A single individual who had come As A deligate, from some People living in Mishigan on his way to Council Bluffs to investigate Mormonishm, who professed to be ready to embrace truth wharever they could find it I preached to him one hour, then Baptized him, confirmed him, (in George A Smith' House) and ordained him An Elder, gave him A licence And what council I could. He got A Book of Mormon, Doctrins And Covenants, And went home again. I got A letter from him soon after He got home saying that A number of his friends were believing the truth. On the 16th July Sabbath I met with the Saints At St Louis And Herd Elder Hyde deliver A discourse upon the subject of the Resurrection. I spoke A short time in the after noon they had A good place of worship
Letter to Willard Richards, 15 February 1849
Cambridgeport Mass To the Historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Dear Brother Richards, I forward to you as you are the Historian of the Church, A file of ^the^ the New York weekly Herrald, with this communition. I have sent some to you and President Young by Elder Rockwood & others, & will continue to send as often Ias I have an opportunity. From the Herrald, you will draw an idea of the signs of the times throughout the word since you left the States. Elder Appleby has kept a record of affairs as they have transpired during the past season for the benefit of the Church which He may forward to you soon. I have also watched the signs, And occasionally made an Extract in my Journal, & on the first day of January 18489 I recorded A summary or synopsis of the same, A portion of which I will forward in this communiac- ation to you: As it may in some measure be interesting to have A view of things, As they are passing in Great Babylon, which is separated from you by the sage deserts, And High Mountains of Israel. "Thus ends the year of eighteen hundred and forty Eight. A Year big with with Events. A year in which the fig treees tree hath rapidly put forth her leaves and blossomed for the summer. A year which has laid the foundation for the fulfillment of more prophecy & Revelation than whole centauries in other ages. Thrones have been cast down, whole kingdoms overturned, And the Power of the Pope of Rome laid prostrate, and He driven from his kingdom. All the Nations of the Earth convulsed. Revolutions, wars, Anarchy, & confusion have followed each other in rapid succession. Cholera, plagues, fire and famine followed in the train. And last of all though not least in importance is the foundation laid for the disolution of the Amarican Goverment. While these theings are going on, The Ottoman Empire with many of the Nations of the East have come to the conclusion that the Jews are human beings, and are now saying to them, you may now go home, And rebuild Jerrusalem and your Temple and we will help you. These are some of the leading features of the signs of the times of Eighteen hundred forty Eight. The revolutions of Europe commenced with France. The people rose in mass, had three days fight at the end of which they drove Louis Philipi King of the French out of the kingdom with all the Royal family. The people entered the Turrelles, took the Throne upon their shoulders, carried it into the streets, and dashed it to peaces upon the ground. The people then undertook to Esstablish a Republican Goverment. It was said there were ownly 500 killed the first three days fight, afterwords A reaction took place when it was reported that some 15000 were killed. They have since organized, And Louis Napoleon Bonaparte is now President of France. The Jerman states and Prusia next followed in Revolution, which still remians unsettled. Although the King of Prusia has called A constitutional Goverment. Next the Kingdom of Austria arose in mass, drove the Emperor from his Throne & kingdom. He afterwards returned raised armies, & bombarded Vienna eight days. Bloodshed continued untill the Emperor Abdicated his Throne. The Emperor of Russia has also had wars & difficulties in
Autobiography 1883 Tullidge's Quarterly Magazine Notes 2
On the I wrote a letter to President Young and Council containing two sheets of foolscap paper written in my journal hand giving at account of my leaving Council Bluffs my meetings at Mount Pisgah and Garden Grove my providential delivery from death visit to Nauvoo and the Temple[,] meeting at St. Louis death of our child on the journey arrival at Boston burning of Albany stay of my family in Maine and return to Cambridge port. I also represented my travels among the Churches the branches as numbering 808 ^members^ the capacity of the Saints to gather to the Valley of the Rocky Mountains the course I had pursued

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