ful situation, or place, carrying with it, also, the idea of rest; and is truly des criptive of this most delightful situation. It is situated on the eastern bank of the , at the head of the Des Moines Rapids, in ; bounded on the east by an extensive prairie of surpassing beauty, and on the north, west, and south, by the . This place has been objected to by some, on account of the sickness which has prevailed in the summer months, but it is the opinion of , a physician of great experience and medical knowledge, that , and all the eastern and southern por tions of the City of , are as healthy as any other portions of the western country, (or the world, to accli mated citizens,) whilst the northwes tern portion of the city has experienced much affliction from ague and fever, which, however, he thinks can be easi ly remedied by draining the sloughs on the adjacent islands in the .
The population of our city is increas ing with unparralled [unparalleled] rapidity, number ing more than three thousand inhabi tants. Every facility is afforded in the city and adjacent country, in , for the successful prosecu tion of the mechanical arts, and the pleasing pursuits of agriculture. The waters of the can be suc cessfully used for manufactoring pur poses, to an almost unlimited extent.
Having been instrumental in the hands of our heavenly Father in laying a foundation for the gathering of Zion, we would say, let all those who appre ciate the blessings of the gospel, and realize the importance of obeying the commandments of heaven, who have been blessed of heaven with the posses sion of this world’s goods, first prepare for the general gathering—let them dis pose of their effects as fast as circum stances will possibly admit, without ma king too great sacrifices, and remove to our and —establish and build up manufactories in the city, pur chase and cultivate farms in the coun ty—this will secure our permanent in heritance, and prepare the way for the gathering of the poor. This is agreea ble to the order of heaven, and the only principal on which the gathering can be effected—let the rich, then, and all who can assist in establishing this place, make every preparation to come on without delay, and strengthen our hands, and assist in
promoting the hap piness of the Saints. This cannot be too forcibly impressed on the minds of all, and the elders are hereby instruct ed to proclaim this word in all places where the Saints reside, in their public administrations, for this is according to the instructions we have received from the Lord.
The of the Lord is in pro gress of erection here, where the Saints will come to worship the God of their fathers, according to the order of his house, and the powers of the holy priesthood, and will be so constructed as to enable all the functions of the priest hood to be duly exercised, and where instructions from the Most High will be received, and from this place go forth to distant lands.
Let us then concentrate all our pow ers, under the provisions of our magna charta granted by the Legisla ture, at the “City of ,” and sur rounding country, and strive to emu late the actions of the ancient cove nant fathers, and patriarchs, in those things, which are of such vast impor tance to this and every succeeding gen eration.
The “ Legion,” embraces all our military power, and will enable us to perform our military duty by our selves, and thus afford us the power, and privilege, of avoiding one of the most fruitful sources of strife, oppres sion, and collision with the world. It will enable us to show our attachment to the and as a people. whenever the public service requires our aid—thus proving ourselves obedi ent to the paramount laws of the land, and ready at all times to sustain and execute them.
The “University of the City of ,” will enable us to teach our chil dren wisdom—to instruct them in all knowledge, and learning, in the Arts, Sciences and Learned Professions. We hope to make this institution one of the great lights of the world, and by and through it, to diffuse that kind of knowledge which will be of practical utility, and for the public good, and al so for private and individual happiness. The Regents of the University will take the general supervision of all mat [p. 274]