<August 21> placed it close to my ear, and swore if I attempted to get away, that he would blow out my brains, they then commenced to whip me with large Gads which they had for the purpose, and literally mangled me from my Shoulders to my Knees. there were in company as near as I could recollect twelve or fourteen, they were striped of their hats and coats, with their sleeves rolled up, and collars open, which made them look like murderers and robbers; the names as far as I can recollect were Monday, Uno, and Martin, the others I do not recollect, after keeping me tied in this condition I should think an hour and a half, they then brought Mr. Brown to me, and after some consultation, loosed me from the tree where I was tied, and led us back to the Town, put us in a room where I saw Noah Rogers and James Al[l]red, they then tied them about the neck, and led them out, and in the course of the night, they brought them back to the room where we were. Brother Rogers said they stripped him, and whipped him very bad, this was on the seventh of July, the next day Rogers and myself were taken before a magistrate, nothing proven against us, only that we were Mormons, and we were ordered to Prison. Brown and Alred by some means were liberated but we (Rogers and myself) were put into a Jail and put in Irons until the twenty first of August when through the kindness of God we made our escape and returned to Benjamin Boyce”
23 August 1840 • Sunday
<23> Sunday— <Uncle journalized: “Attended meeting at , Joseph and present, and a large assembly of Saints, who voted to commence building a city at and a place of worship.”> Ten were confirmed at the Carpenters Hall, Manchester.
29 August 1840 • Saturday
<29> Saturday. writes, the brethren are beginning to excite attention in some of the public grounds in London. Outdoor preaching is common in England
30 August 1840 • Sunday
<30> Sunday <“Joseph Smith Jr preached at on eternal judgement and the eternal duration if matter.” -[From Uncle ’s journal]-> Twenty were confirmed at the Hall in Manchester.
The Electric Telegraph is beginning to be used on the Great Western Railroad in England, between Drayton and Paddington by which intelligence is communicated at the rate of 200,000 miles per second.
This day was the first public preaching of the Gospel in the Streets of London.
31 August 1840 • Monday
<31> Monday baptized Henry Connor, Watchmaker, 52 Ironmongers Row. London <in Peerless. Pool> <being the first baptized in that place; and confirmed him the same evening.>
<What date is this Epistle? There is no beginning of Sep. shown in this history!>
“To the Saints scattered abroad— Beloved brethren:— We address a few lines to the Church of Jesus Christ, who have obeyed from the heart, that form of doctrine which has been delivered to them by the servants of the Lord, and who are desirous to go forward in the ways of truth and righteousness and by obedience to the heavenly command, escape the things which are coming on the Earth, and secure to themselves an inheritance among the sanctified in the world to come. Having been placed in a very responsible situation in the Church, we at all times feel interested in the welfare of the Saints and make mention of them continually in our prayers to our Heavenly Father, that they may be kept from the evils which are in the world, and ever be found walking in the path of truth. The work of the Lord in these last days, is one of vast magnitude and almost beyond the comprehension of mortals: its glories are past description and its grandeur insurpassable. It is the theme which has animated the bosom of prophets [p. 1091]