Rebaptism, Aug 19, 1877

-- Aug 19, 1877
Apostle Wilford Woodruff tells Sunday school meeting that he heard Joseph Smith say: "If the people knew what was behind the vail they would try by every means to commit suicide that they might get there but the Lord in his wisdom had emplanted the fear of death in every person that they might cling to life and thus accomplish the designs of their creator." Later Woodruff spends the evening preparing a "list of the Noted Men of the 17 Centaury and 18th including the signers of the declaration of Independance for Baptism on Tuesday the 21 Aug 1877." Though he did not record the incident in his journal, he later claims that he had been visited in dreams or visions by the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who had urged him to help redeem them by doing their temple work" Brigham Young preaches: "The great majority of men who have amassed great wealth have done it at the expense of their fellows, on the principle that the doctors, the lawyers and the merchants acquire theirs. Such men are impositions on the community, and they ought to be taken and put to some honorable labor such as raising potatoes, raising grain, cattle and sheep, and performing other useful and necessary labors for the good of mankind. Amen." (1)

-- Aug 21, 1877
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Aug 21, 1877 I Wilford Woodruff went to the Temple of the Lord this morning and was Baptized for 100 persons who were dead including the signers of the Declaration of Independance all except John Hancock and [William Floyd]. I was Baptized for the following names:

William Hooper Benjamin Franklin

Joseph Hewes John Morton

John Penn George Clyme

Button Gwinnett James Smith

Lyman Hall Francis Lightfoot Lee

Edward Rutledge George Taylor

George Walton James Wilson

Thomas Heywood Jr George Ross

Thomas Lynch jr Caezer Rodney

Arthur Myddleton George Read

Samuel Chase Thomas McKean

William Chase Paca Philip Livingston

Thomas Stone Francis Lewis

Charles Carroll of Carrolton Lewis Morris

George Wythe Richard Stockton

Richard Henry Lee John Witherspoon

Thomas Jefferson Francis Hopkinson

Benjamin Harrison John Hart

Thomas Nelson Jr Abraham Clark

Francis Lightfoot Lee Josiah Bartlett

Carter Braxton William Whipple

Robert Morris Samuel Adams

Benjamin Rush John Adams

Robert Treat Paine Samuel Huntington

Elbridge Gerry William Williams

Stephen Hopkins Oliver Wolcott

William Ellery Mathew Thornton

Roger Sherman

Baptized for the following Eminent Men:

Daniel Webster Edward Gibbon

Washington Irving David Garrick

Michael Faraday Sir Joshua Reynolds

William Makepeace Thackerey Robert Burns

John Calwell Cahoon Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Baron Justus Von Liebig John Philip Kemble

Henry Clay Frederick Von Schiller

Edward George Earl Lytton Bulwer

George Peabody Henry Grattan

Charles Louis Napoleon Bonapart Lord Horatio Nelson

Thomas Chalmers John Filpot Corran

William Henry Seward George Stephenson

Thomas Johnathan Jackson Sir Walter Scott

Frederick Henry Allexander Von Humboldt

David Glascoe Farragut Lord Henry Brougham

Hiram Powers William Wordsworth

Lewis John Rudolph Agassis Daniel O Connell

Lord George Gordon Byron Richard Cobden

David Livingstone Christopher Columbus

Americus Vespucius

Count Camillo Bonso di Cavour John Wesley

Samuel Johnson Oliver Goldsmith

Thomas Babington Macauley Benito Juarez

Frederick 2d king of Prussia Count Demetrius Perepa

When Br McAllister had Baptized me for the 100 Names I Baptized him for 21, including Gen Washington & his forefathers and all the Presidets of the United states that were not in my list Except Buchannan Van Buren & Grant.

It was a vary interesting day. I felt thankful that we had the privilege and the power to administer for the worthy dead esspecially for the signers of the declaration of Independance, that inasmuch as they had laid the foundation of our Government that we Could do as much for them as they had done for us.

Sister Lucy Bigelow Young went forth into the font and was Baptized for Martha Washington and her famaly and seventy (70) of the Eminent women of the world. I Called upon all the Brethren & Sisters who were present to assist in getting Endowments for those that we had been Baptized for to day.

I wrote Letters to D D MCArthur. I wrote to Susan Dunford. There were Baptized in all to day 682. (2)

Wilford Woodruff writes: "I Wilford Woodruff went to the Temple of the Lord this morning and was Baptized for 100 persons who were dead including the signers of the Declaration of Independance all except John Hancock and [William Floyd]. I was Baptized for the following names:" He then lists the 100 names. Most of them are endowed by proxy the next day. (1)

1 - On This Day in Mormon History,
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,

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