JS and , General Orders, , Hancock Co., IL, to , , Hancock Co., IL, 2 Aug. 1842. Featured version published in Wasp, between 30 July and 4 August 1842, vol. 1, no. 16, . For more complete source information, see the source note for Notice, 28 Apr. 1842.
As lieutenant general of the , JS issued orders on 2 August 1842 calling for the officers of the legion to convene in eleven days. The purpose of the meeting was to allow the officers to hear from the Committee of Revision and to deliberate over changes to the militia’s bylaws. The assembly would also give the officers the opportunity to elect a new major general to fill the vacancy left by , who had been cashiered from the legion in June 1842.
As was standard practice, a scribe likely prepared the orders for JS to sign, after which JS disseminated them to the officers of the Nauvoo Legion through Brevet Major General . The orders were dated 2 August 1842 and published in the next issue of the Wasp, which was apparently delayed. The version of the orders published in the Wasp is featured here. The officers met at the appointed time and place where, as planned, they approved new laws and elected a new major general.
Although initial typesetting for the next weekly issue of the Wasp occurred on 30 July 1842, the typesetting of the entire issue was apparently not completed until 4 August. (See Nameplates, Wasp, between 30 July and 4 Aug. 1842, , .)
The officers of the Nauvoo Legion are hereby ordered to assemble at the Office of Gen. , on Saturday the 13th inst., at 10 o’clock A. M., for the purpose of hearing and considering the report of the committee of revision of the laws of the Legion, and electing a Major General to fill the vacancy occasioned by the cashiering of . By order of
The officers met at ten o’clock in the morning on 13 August in the office of Hyrum Smith, and the committee presented for approval a bill that outlined militia conduct and discipline. After a half-hour recess, the officers reconvened at two o’clock and held an election for the office of major general. At this meeting, Brevet Major General Wilson Law was elected to the position, with fifty-five votes, over Lyman Wight, who received forty-three votes. JS might have initially intended to appoint James Arlington Bennet, the next ranking officer, as the next major general, but Bennet resided in New York and, though commissioned, may have felt his position was an honorary one. (Nauvoo Legion Minute Book,  Aug. 1842, 22–29; “Late and Important from the Mormon Country,” New York Herald, 30 Aug. 1842, .)