History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
⊕ I ordered directed the to make <out> a transcript of the proceedings before the Municipal Court <to forward to the > & to which be attached the following certificate “I Clerk (<see 54a> Copy to) ”
he also made a transcript of the ordinances relating to & attached the following Certificate “I (Copy to) ”
[illegible] which documents were delivered to my Lawyers with instructions to see immediately—
<July 3> Another copy of the to the , against him <his> sending an armed force, was made out & taken to the Porch of the where it was signed in the course of the day by about 900 persons & it was also sent to the this evening
<July 4> about 1 a m Messrs.Walker <>, , , & , started for , carrying with them the Affidavits & Petition, & proceedings before <the doings of> the Municipal Court
At a very early hour people began to assemble at the , & at 11 o clock near 13,000 persons had congregated, who were addressed in a very able & appropriate manner by , who has recently been appointed on a Mission to , Russia— A constant accession of members swelled the Cong[regatio]n. to 15,000 as near as could be estimated. At 2 p m they were again addressed by Elder <on the sec redemption> in a masterly discourse, when I made some remarks of which the following was reported by Elder (see Sermon book page 19 20 21)
<Three Steamers arrived in the afternoon, one from , one from & one from , bringing from 800 to 1000 Strangers <Ladies & Gent[leme]n.;> on the arrival of each boat, the people were escorted by the Nauvoo band, & the escort Companies, to convenient seats provided for them & were welcomed by the firing of Cannon <*> <(see below)>>
The multitude of Strangers gave great attention & much prejudice seemed to be removed—
a collection was taken in the morning to assist El. to fin build his house——
and in the afternoon on his own responsibility, proposed a collection to assist me in bearing the expenses of my persecution
The meeting closed about 7 p m The day was pleasant & Sky clear & nothing tended to disturb the peace.
<* which brought to our minds the last words of the Patriot Jefferson “Let this day be celebrated by the firing of Cannon &c” the Visitors & Saints appeared to be highly gratified— the d>
I extract from the Quincy Whig (see <Vol 4> Star page 9<3>) “I left (to) ”
<5> I called in the & heard the testimony of my brother before the Municipal Court, read, by —
& returned from , found but little excitement there, wrote a special <piece.> for <the> paper <in my defence & the justice of the decision of the municipal court.> Remainder of the day <I was> at home.