, May 1838.
Notwithstanding all the efforts of the enemies to the truth,
both from without and within, to the contrary, we are en abled
to present this Journal, to the patrons, with the prospect of being able to
continue it in time to come, without interruption.
Great have been the exertions of the opposers to righteousness,
to prevent us from sending abroad the doctrines of the
to the world: every effort has been used by the combined influ ence
of all classes of enemies, and of all sects and parties of religion;
and of those who are opposed to it, in all its forms to prevent
It is indeed somewhat unexpected to us, to be able to commence
printing the Journal again so soon; but the general interest
felt in it by the Saints in gen eral, soon, in a degree, repaired the loss
which was suffered in the burning of the press in ; and another establishment,
by the exertions of the Saints in , has been obtained, sufficiently
large, to print the Journal; and soon will be greatly enlarged, so as to
do all the printing necessary, for the whole church.
We have no doubt, but liberal mind ed men will continue to
aid with their means until the establishment will be sufficiently
supplied with means to make the largest of the kind, any where in
the region of country where it is lo cated.
In this place, the church is as pleas antly situated as could
be expected, tak ing into consideration their circumstan ces,
as the settlement here is but about eighteen months old, and the first
set tlers had been driven from their homes, and all their property
destroyed, and had to come here without any thing.— But
to their honor it may be said, that few people on earth have endured
the same degree of persecution, with the same patience.
Nothing discouraged by the great af flictions and tribulations
which they have had to endure for Christ’s sake. They united
with all their powers, to turn a solitary place into a fruitful field—we
do not say a wilderness, for there is not a sufficiency of timber to make
it a wilderness—and have ex ceeded the highest expectations of
the most enthusiastic.
Large bodies of land have been, and are now putting under
We might venture an assertion on this point, and that, without
the fear of contradiction by those who are acquaint ed with the
settlements in this vicinity, and that is, no part of the world can produce
a superior to , if
an equal. Eighteen months since without scarcely an inhabitant: at
this time the city of “,” the county seat, has
one hundred and fifty houses, and almost the whole county is taken
up, or all that part of it, which can be conveniently settled for want
of timber: and large bodies of it are now under cultivation.
An enconium too high, cannot be placed upon the heads of
the enterpris ing and industrious habits of the people of this
. They are fast making for themselves, and their posterity af ter
them, as beautiful, interesting, and as profitable homes, as can be
in any country.
In a very few years, and it will be said with propriety,
“that the solitary place has become glad for them;” and we can
say, that the people will be as glad for it.
This town “” is situated in Missouri,
in the midst of a prairie of very rich soil. It is an elevated
piece of land, and has a com manding view of the surrounding coun try
for many miles, in every direction. On the north, about one mile passes , a heavy stream which has many
water privileges on it. On the south, a little more than half a mile,
runs Goose Creek, a tributary of . It also is large enough to ad mit of
To all appearance the country is healthy, and the farming
interest is equal to that in any part of the world; and the
means of living are very easily obtained, not even luxuries excepted.
From this to the territorial line on the north, is from eighty
to one hund red miles, and to the line on the west, twenty five
or upwards, or what was the territorial line, before the purchase [p. ]