<18> Wednesday 18. Rode on horseback with [illegible] accompanied by , & to s, and searched (L.L. 122) day. There was a general representation of the branches in the eastern Statees, at confence of the chuch at , T&S. 844
<19> Thursday 19[th] It rained & I was at home untill 1 oclok. when I attended a special Session of the City Council, , having discovered that his whoredoms & obominations were fast coming to light, which and that the wrathof the Saints <indignations> of an insulted and abused people were rising rapidly againt him, thought best to make a vi[r]tue of ncessity & <&> bytrying tried to make it appear that he was innocent, by resigning his office of Mayoroty, which the council most gladly accepted,. And Joseph Smith was Elected by Mayor a of the City of by the council & vice Mayor, while the Election (LL. 122. was going forward I received & wrote the following Revelation, May 19, 1844 1842. Verily thus saith (L.L 122) Amen, which I threw across the room to one of the Counsellers. After the Election I, (LL.122.) &c, whereupon the council Resolved that “the Mayer be authorized to establish a night watch. & regulate the <& controel> the same.— was elected counciller in place of Joseph Smith, Elected Mayor. counciller in place of removed from the city <on account of the reports in circulation, in the city this day, & concerning the and to quiet the, public mind,— > Before the council closed, and in presence of all the members and spectators I asked if he had ought against me. When arose, before the council & a house filled with spectaters & replied, “I know what I am about (L.L. 122, 3) roofs of their mouths.
<20> Friday 20[th] Charges ha[v]ing been prefered againt by <before a special counil> for abusive language <towards said .> Also for abusing the Marshall of the city. I spent the day in council, and such was the proof againt I had considerable labor to get him clear even after his confession, which I desired to do hoping he would amend.
<22> Sunday 22. I spent mo[s]tly at home. “Assassin In looking at the papers I discovred the following in the “Quincy Whig.” “Assasniation (Wasp 26) murder”— I went to the Editers office & inserted the following in the wasp.— Ill (Wasp 26) Joseph Smith.
TEXT: Notes in the margin read “Enter this— crossed through mistake.” Richards canceled the next four lines of text with a large “x” and with his notes in the margin clarified that he intended to cancel only a single line.