[Thomas A. Clawson Diary]
"Went to High Priests (Sic) Quorum Meeting at 10 A.M. It was very interesting bro Jos. E. Taylor [brother of President John Taylor] read an account of some predictions made by Joseph Smith the Prophet in Nauvoo in 1844 [White Horse Prophecy] in which he said that the Ottoman Empire would be the first great nation to crumble away in order that the gospel might be preached to the inhabitance (Sic) of that country. He said also that he would speak in parables and would liken the Saints to the White horse of Peace who should be established in the Valleys of the Mountains That the Greek and Roman Church should become united and would eventually be lead (Sic) by the Czar of Russia who would be represented by the Black horse or war. and he would lead his armies against Jerusalem and is the God and Magog of the scriptures. THat England is represented by the Red horse and would be the last of the great nations to fall because of great amount of the blood of Isreal (Sic) that was sprinkled among her people and who would be gathered out first. She would hold the balance of power among the nations and would assist the White horse when in need. It would be the while horse that would save the constitution when it was held only by a thread as fine as the finest filiment (Sic) of a silken cord. That there would [be] a great famin (Sic) in the Land of the White horse, not due to the ground failing to yielding (Sic) up her bounties but to the great multitude who flock her (Sic) for peace and perservation from the great unrest of the world. The reading of these predictions were brought out by the present crisis in the affairs of Europe by the defeat of the Turkish Army and the threatened fall of Constantinople."
[Diary Excerpts of Thomas A. Clawson, Signature Books Library, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]