Part 2: 5 April–15 June 1841
Progress in developing the city of , Illinois,
continued through late spring and into summer
1841. Both the city council and the militia had been formally
organized and were functioning efficiently. JS had sent to the eastern to attend to debt
repayment on lands in and , and plans
for repayment appeared to be proceeding. A celebratory spirit pervaded
the city in April when JS presided over two
significant events: on 6 April, the eleventh anniversary of the , a ceremony was held to lay the cornerstones for the
Nauvoo , and the
church’s general followed over the next five
days. During the
same month, JS and the Saints mourned the untimely death of
William Henry Harrison, president of the United
States, who had died on 4 April 1841. JS
continued to be involved in land management, and in April he began corresponding with , a church member
sought JS’s help in acquiring land in Nauvoo for his relocation.
Meanwhile, JS continued to participate actively in both the and the Nauvoo City Council.
Missionary efforts abroad continued during
this time period.
was among those serving overseas, and he documented his
trek to Palestine in his letters to JS. JS corresponded with
individual church members outside of ,
and he also sent a general letter
to the Saints abroad, encouraging them to
gather to . Recognizing growing
opposition to the church, JS canceled his subscription to ’s Warsaw Signal
published antagonistic articles about the Latter-day Saints.
JS’s financial and familial
responsibilities expanded in early June, when he took on the
guardianship of the estate and children of , a recent convert who lived in , Illinois, but had
passed away shortly after moving there in 1839. After Lawrence’s death,
his eldest children, and , chose JS to be their
guardian, and probate judge
Andrew Miller officially appointed JS as
guardian for all seven of the Lawrence children. Also in
early June, JS was
arrested and then released during an attempt by former governor to
have JS extradited from .