History draft; handwriting of Jonathan Grimshaw, , , James Ure, and Robert L. Campbell; 76 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 January 1844 to 21 June 1844.
Sunday June 16th. I preached at the at 10 AM; <before I closed my remarks it rained severely.> The following synopsis was reported by , <whom I had released <transferred> from the duties of> Clerk of the “Maid of Iowa.”:— <to my office.>
Judge came <to > and advised me to go before some Justice of the Peace of the , <and have an examination of the charges specified in s <(of > writ, and if acquitted is bound over it would allay all excitement, answer the law, and cut off all legal pretext for a Mob, and he would be bound to order them to keep the peace.>
Some forty gentlemen from came down in a steamer to enquire into our difficulties; I met them at the at 2 P. M, and gave them the desired information.
, clerk of the City Council <Recorder>, read the Minutes of the Council, declaring the Nauvoo Expositor a nuisance. They expressed themselves satisfied. I the◊ then went to the , and met some thousands of the brethren. I instructed them to keep cool, and prepare their arms for defence of the ; as it was reported that a mob was collecting in and other places. I exhorted them to be quiet and make no disturbance, and instructed the brethren to organize into <the capacity of> a public meeting, and send delegates to all the surrounding towns and villages to explain the cause of the disturbance, and show them that all was peace at , and that there was no cause for any mobs.
A Messenger arrived, stating that the clerk of the — Court expected to be driven out of tomorrow, and the only way to prevent the shedding of blood was to get the in person to come down with his staff.
I wrote to stating the facts as follows:— “His Excellency (see file) Smith”
and <I> enclosed <a copy of> the following affidavit:— “State of (see file) of .”
Bror. Butler from came in and made affidavit <Insert when found> before the Recorder that 1500 Missourians were to cross the to the next morning on their way to .
I received a letter from and answered it:— “President (see file) 1844.” <and answered>