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May 18, 1850

Journal Entry

May 18, 1850 ~ Saturday

18th [FIGURE] I wrode to Kanesville in Company with Elder
Bablam I saw Elder Hardy spent A little time with him
I then went to Elder Hydes I there met with Elder
Orson Hyde & Orson Pratt. I spent A long evening in
conversation with them Elder Hyde wished me to
lay before the Presidency in the valley the situation of
affairs in Pottawatamie county Ioway He wished me
to say to them that all the men of capital were leaving
for the valley men from the East & England that were
able were going to the valley, And all the men that were
living thare that were able to make a fit out were
talking of going Another class who were able to get
a fit out in part even able to get waggons were
taken out by Bishop Hunter so those that are left are
the poorest part of community & if this order of
things is continued A year or two more this county
will be broaken up & the saints will have to scatter
abroad the poor who come from the East & England
who are to poor to go through are left upon our hands
& oxen are now selling in kanesville from $60 to $100
& when this springs Emigration leaves there will
not be left more than one Yoke of oxen to 7 families
& the fields would not be ploughed or planted He
said He did not think that Kanesville & the surrounding
country should be deserted or broaken up but if the
Presidency wished it to be so He should not then
object to it. He spoke upon the subject of opening large
fields & farming upon a big scale by employing the poor
brethren to work upon them this He would like to do if
He could be assured that He would not be called away
in a year or two after commenceing it. He remarked
if the presidency wished to evacuate the place or wished
him to go any whare els He would go. He seemed to
oppose the idea of Having the poor come to Kanesville to
stop He thought they had better cstay in the East or at
St Louis, than to come Here I make this recoorrd to present
to the Presidency according to his request

Elder O. Pratt wished me to say to the Presidency
that there were many Elders in England of power faith
& talent who had to labour hard to get bread for there
families And when Elders were sent to them from
America who had not talent & could not edify them
they felt it was A tax upon them that there own Elders

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Badlam, Alexander, b. 1808
28 Nov 1808 - 1 Dec 1894
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Hardy, Leonard Wilford
31 Dec 1805 - 31 Jul 1884
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Hyde, Orson
8 Jan 1805 - 28 Nov 1878
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Pratt, Orson
19 Sep 1811 - 3 Oct 1881
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Autobiography Volume 2 circa 1865
On the I again rode to Kanesville with Elder Badlam and Leonard Hardy spent a little time with him and then went to Elder Hyde's where I found him and Orson Pratt. I spent a long evening in conversation with these brethren of the Twelve. Elder Hyde wished me to lay before the Presidency in the Valley the affairs of the Church in Pottawatamie County Iowa. He wished me to say to them that all the men of capital were leaving for the Valley; men from the East and England and all who were able to go were making their fit out and talking of starting. There was another class he said who were able to get a fit-out in part even able to get waggons and they were helped on by Bishop Hunter so that the poorest part of the community alone remained He did not think Kanesville and the surrounding country should be broken up which would be the case if it continued thus and wished me to lay the subject before the Presidency with many more details that he gave me of his views. Elder Orson Pratt wished me to say to the Presidency that there were many Elders in England of power faith and talent who had to labour hard to get bread for their familises and when Elders were sent to them from America who could not edify them they felt it a tax upon them and that their own Elders were more efficient in the ministry than some of those sent unto them On the next day according to appointment I met in Conference with Orson Hyde Orson Pratt and the High Council near the stand in the Grove one hour

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May 18, 1850