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

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

Thomas Bullock handwriting begins.  


Addenda, Note A • 9 September 1833

<Sept. 4> <Letter to  Vienna Jaquish> Sept. 4. 1833 I wrote as follows to Sister “Vienna Jaquish [Jacques] at Independence Misso.
Dear Sister Having a few leisure moments I set down to communicate  to you a few words which I know I am under obligation to  improve for your satisfaction, if it should be a satisfaction  for you to receive a few words from your unworthy brother in  Christ, I received your letter some time since containing a history  of your journey, and your safe arrival for which I bless the Lord;  I have often felt a whispering since I received your letter,  like this, Joseph thou art indebted to thy God for the offering  of thy Sister Vienna which proved a savor of life as pertaining  to thy pecuniary concern, therefore she should not be forgotten  of thee, for the Lord hath done this and thou shouldst remember  her in all thy prayers; and also by letter for she oftentimes  calleth on the Lord, saying, O Lord inspire thy servant Joseph  to communicate by letter some word to thine unworthy handmaid  and say all my sins are forgiven and art thou not  content with the chastisement wherewith thou hast chastised  thy handmaid; yea Sister this seems to be the whispering  of a Spirit and judge ye what Spirit it is— I was sensible  when you left Kirtland that the Lord would chasten you  but I prayed fervently in the name of Jesus that you  might live to receive your Inheritance agreeable to the  commandment which was given concerning you. I am  not at all astonished at what has happened to you,  neither to what has happened to Zion, and I could tell  all the whys and wherefores of all these calamities, but  alas it is in vain to warn and give precepts, for all men  are naturally disposed to walk in their own paths as they  are pointed out by their own fingers and are not willing  to consider and walk in the path which is pointed out  by another, saying this is the way walk ye in it, altho’ he  should be an unerring director, and the Lord his God sent him,  nevertheless I do not feel disposed to cast any reflections, but I  feel to cry mightily unto the Lord that all things might work  together for good, which has happened, yea I feel to say, O Lord  let Zion be comforted, let her waste places be built up, and  established an hundred fold, let thy Saints come unto Zion out  of every nation, let her be exalted to the third heavens, and let [p. 1 [addenda]]
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.