is called the Platt[e] and Nodawa[y] countries,
or rather Notawa,
which signifies rattle snake.
It will be seen by this, that this town is situated in the
north west corner of the State of ,
in the 40th deg. of north latitude. The land is rolling and
generally dry; at least, there are no more wet lands, than are necessary for
grazing purposes, when the coun try becomes all subdued.
The Saints here are at perfect peace with all the surrounding
inhabitants, and persecution is not so much as once named among
them: every man can attend to business without fear or ex citement,
or being molested in any wise. There are many of the inhabit ants
of this town, who own lands in the vicinity, and are at this time busily
en gaged in cultivating them. Hundreds of acres of corn have
been planted al ready, in our immediate neighborhood; and hundreds
of acres more are now being planted. (This is the fourth day of May).
The crops of wheat are very prom ising, and the prospect is
that we will have an abundant harvest. The vast quantities of
provision purchased, in this upper country by the , for the use of the Garrison, and also for
the Indians, have made all kinds of provision dear, and somewhat scarce. Corn
is fifty cents per bushel; wheat one dollar; pork from eight, to ten dollars
per cwt.; and all kinds of pro vision on a par with these.
Perhaps it might be thought by some necessary, that we should
say some thing about the affairs of .— The burning of
the printing office there &c. But it is now, as in former days. In
former days the destroyers of the Saints’ property were of the baser
sort of mankind, even so it is now. And as the Saints in former
days considered a formal notice of them, beneath both their
character and standing, so do the Saints in like manner now. Only say as
they did; “That a gang of the baser sort, burned and wasted our property to
the utmost of their power” regard less of law, justice, or humanity,
and were upheld in their wickedness, by those who were like
the high priest in Paul’s day, who though, he sat to judge after
the law, commanded Paul to be smitten contrary to law. So it was with
our persecutors in the east: for notwithstanding they sat to judge
after the law, yet, commanded they our property to be destroyed
contrary to law.
And as Paul and Barnabas did at Iconium. So did we at .— “When
there was an assault made, both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews, with
their rulers, to use them despite fully, and to stone them, they were ware
of it, and fled into Lystria and Derbe, cities of Lyconia, and unto
the region that lieth round about. And there they preached the
So we did in like manner, taking them for our example. When
there was an assault being made, of liars, thieves, and religionists,
with their ru lers all combined, we were aware of it, and fled
and are here preaching the gospel whereunto we are called by
the power of God. Let so much suffice for .
We have the gratification of saying to the abroad,
that we hope to be able to furnish the Journal regular ly, from
hence forth, as long as it may be thought wisdom to continue it. And we
hope on their part, they will use all their exertions to give it circulation.
The enemies have made so many at tempts to destroy us, and
always failed, that we now just laugh at them for fools, as
the God of heaven said he would at their calamity.