Letter from Lyman Wight, 24 August 1857

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Letter from Lyman Wight, 24 August 1857

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    Mountiain Valley, Aug 24th 1857. Br Willord Woodruff. Dear Sir, I received your favor on the 12th inst dated July 1st 1857. you may be assured it was well received it being the first I have received from any of the twelve for the last 12 years. I had come to the conclusion that they had become so far advanced in the order of the kingdom and become so popular in temperal things that they had entirely forgotten that such an uncouth old plough goger [goer] as Lyman Wight ...
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    August 24, 1857
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    faith, had but just got out of hearing before I was accused from the stand by who would be big of beging the mission of Br Joseph who to passify me gave his consent and that I run away from Nauvoo to get rid of fighting and that he could chase me all over Nauvoo with a plug of tobacco. I acknowlege I am afraid of tobacco but should have no fear of the person for I believe he was to lazy to have chased me all over ...
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    to it, at this time the mob was very busy in unroofing houses in different branches, had unroofed 13 in the Whitmer branch and we suposed, was going to attackedt a branch on the big road we had sent off all of our men except Br E Higbee and myself to help that branch, we soon after received a message enforming us that the mob had taken a tact and ware comeing in on our branch, it is true we ware somewhat at a loss to know what to do but to let them ...
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    While in Nauvoo I was ordained one of the committee to build the Nauvoo house, one of the twelve, and one of the fifties. Father Smith in my patriarckical blessing pronounced me to be of the lineage of Joseph who was sold into Egypt ^without^ mixture of blood. Simeon Carter done the same while washing my feet in the house of ^the Lord^
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    I cannot help reflecting upon by gone times when I hear of the enemys surrounding you. When the enemy was prowling around Jackson Co I was ever called upon to take the lead in quelling insurrections and when Barukale called upon the strength of the Lords house and 200 men turned out I was ordered to take the command of the same and done so. And again when the mob militia infested Far West they sent 35 mile for me in the dead of the night by this means I ...
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    P.S. I like to have forgotten your requst concerning Willian E McLellan when the Elders went up to Mo he became convicted under the preaching of David Whitmer and Harvey Whitlock and followed them from one of the middle counties and rarrived in jackson Co a few days after they did Hyrum Smith arrived about the same time he convinced and baptized him on the 27th of Aug 1837 in a small stream about 10 miles west of
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    Lyman Wight son of Levi Wight and Sarah Corbon was bonrn the 9th of May 1796 in the township of Fairfield, Herkimer Co, N Y. The commencement of the Wights in the US ware from two brothers emigrating from the Isle of Wight one landed in Mass and the other Virginia. Levi Wight who landed in Salem Mass settloed in Leister. The other one we have known ^nothing^ of till within ...
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    moved 12 miles east into Montgomery County bought a farm and settled and here I lived till I was 18 years old. There are but ^few^ instances in the early part of my life that would be interesting, my paretns ware very strenuous believers in the Universalian doctrine, strictly moral and perfectly honest, and if I have any immorality about me it is not chargable to my parents I was strictly taught to rise above all degridation and never to aspire to any thing that was above my ...
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    be spoken at all times it was not known that I was old enough to go for my self till I had hired out for $36 a month and was half way to Sacketts Harbor again. I here served three months received an honerable discharge and got home with over $100. I now concluded that I was man enough to look out a better country than the one we lived in accordingly in Dec I shouldered my knapsack and traveled westward 170 miles and stoped in Henrietta 6 miles north of ...
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    entered into covenant to make our interests one as anciently. I in conformity to ^this^ covenant moved the next Feb to Kirtland into the house with Br Morley we commenced our labors together in great peace and union, we ware soon joined by eight other families our labors ware united both in farming and mechanism all of which was prosecuted with great vigor we truly began to feel as if the Millenium ^was^ close at hand every thing moved smothly on till about the first of Nov about ...
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    I was confirmed on the 18th and ordained on the 20th by O. Cowdry; my ordintion was a little novel we traveled into the woods a bout falf [half] a mile and placed ourselves behind a large oak tree after a most solemn prayer he intended to ordain me ^a^ priest but ordained me an elder he after wards told me he done it in conformity to a vocal voice but in all these matters I confess my knowlede was very limited indeed, there was but four elders in the whole ...
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    with mighty power. After two days the conference broke up receiving the revolation which appointed 28 elders their Mission to Missouri which you will find in the Book of DC. Myself and John Corrill was appointed to travel together. All things being now ready I started on the above named mission on the 14th day of June 1831; and on the 13th of Aug landed at Joshua Lewis's ^Jackson Co^ a member of the church, here I found many of ...
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    seven months and arived at home on the 14th of July, having filled a most laborious mission traveled 2,650 miles, baptised one hundred persons and brought many others to a kowledge of the truth. Br Elias Higbee accom panied me home from Cincinnati and I baptised him on the 19th of July From the last mention date I shall make a summary account of my travels and business proceedings up to the date of June 6th, 1833. I[n] which time I traveled to
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    Our crops became free booty to their horses, hogs, cattle, &c. I was chased by about sixty of these ruffians 5 miles (or there was about 60 when they commeced and dwindl^e^d down to 62.) I fled south and my wife was driven north to Clay Co and for three weeks I knew not whether my family was dead or alive, neither did they know what was my fate, at one time I was three days without food. When I found my family I found them on the north bank ...
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    and preched my way to Cincinnati in this city as also in KY I preached much, baptized many, and strenghen ^the^ Brethren. I completed this mis- sion and arrived at hone on the 18th of May and held meetings every day till the 29th of Sep on which day I started for Kirtland traveled through many churches, baptized many, and arrived at Kirtland Nov the 3rd and as school opened that morning, I commenced study that day. I left school the 13th of Jan and went south ...
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    might pro^p^erly be called mob militia. I was accompanied by 120 men. we arrived there by breakfast time I took my station at the right wing of the army, and in the course of the day there ware several propisitons made by the different sides, at a little before sunset Hinkle had manageed for the pitiful sum of $600 to seell the following named persons into the enemy's camp Joseph, Smith; Sidney, Rigdon; George, W. Robison; and myself, we entered the camp amidst ...
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    me of doing any bisiness untill Sep 2nd from this time to Jan 7th 1841 I confined myself to preaching in, and around Augusta, built up a branch of between 60 and 70 members in that place, and had equal success in the regions around there. On the above date I started to visit the first Presidency with a view of going to K. Y. But he appointed me one of the committee to build the Na^u^voo house, and advised ...
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    preparing for a tour of 1300 miles to the state of N Y untill the 3rd of Sep when I started with my wife and two small children for that place and after visiting a numerous host of relitives and friends which I had not seen for many years, I returned home on the 16th of June 1843, having filled one of the most important missions of my life, for the particulars ^of^ which I shall refer you ^to^ the ^to^ Times & Seasons Vol 4, No 18th p[age] 282, to ...