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History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

30 March–24 April 1832 • Friday–Tuesday

During the mob one of the twins received a severe  cold, and continued to grow worse till friday, and died  The Mobbers were composed of various religious parties  but mostly Campbellites, Methodists and Baptists, who  continued to molest and menace father Johnson’s  house for a long time. Elder Rigdon removed to Kirtland  with his family, then sick with the meazles, the follow ing wednesday; and on account of the he mob he went to  Chardon, Saturday April second first. Sunday, April, second,  I started for Missouri in company with Newel K. Whitney  Peter Whitmer [Jr.], and Jesse Gause: To fulfill the revelation.  Not wishing to go by Kirtland, as another mob existed in that  neighborhood, (and indeed the spirit of mobocracy was  very prevalent through that region of country at that time,)  Brother George Pitkin took us in his waggon, by the most  expeditious route to Warren, where we arrived the  same day, and were there joined by Elder Rigdon,  who left Chardon in the morning; and proceeding onward  we arrived at Wellsville the next day, and the day following  at Steubenville where we left the waggon; and on wed nesday the fifth of April we took passage on board  a steam packet for Wheeling, Virginia; where we  purchased a lot of Paper for the Press in Zion, then  in care of W[illiam] W. Phelps.
After we left Hiram, fearing for the safety  of my family on account of the mob, I wrote to my  wife, (in connextion with Bishop Whitney,) to have her  go to Kirtland and tarry with his family till our  return. She went to Kirtland to Bro Whitney’s, and Sister  [Elizabeth Smith] Whitney’s Aunt, Sarah Smith, (who was then living with  her,) enquired of her Niece if my wife was going to  stay there; and, on being answered in the affirmative,  said she should go away, for there was not room  enough for both of them: accordingly Sister Whitney in vited my wife to leave, which she did immediately,  having enjoyed about two hours visit. She then  went to Brother Reynolds Cahoon’s— and father Smiths [Joseph Smith Sr.’s]  —and Doctor [Frederick G.] Williams, where I found her, very  disconsolate, on my return. [p. 209]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, William W. Phelps, and Willard Richards; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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