History Draft [21 June–8 August 1844]

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Compiled History, 22 June–8 August 1844
Sat 22 The following compilation of History from June 22, to August 8, 1844 inclusive, was compiled from the Journals of , and and others, and from public <​the​> documents on file. <​in the Historian’s office​>
By the church Historian
22 June 1844 • Saturday
Sat. <​June​> 22 In the evening the issued orders to all the guards and Sentries on the road to , to let persons pass and repass until further orders, except they discoveries companies of men, when they must report the same to head Quarters immediately.
A Conference was held at Eagle, Benton Co. Tennessee. Elder A[braham] O. Smoot presided; during which a was organized of 17 members, 1 , 1 , and 1 were .
23 June 1844 • Sunday
Sund. 23. At 5 a. m. and asked advice what to do with the Cannon &c. W
got the public records together and buried them.
<​5 p. m. of Steamer Osprey conversed with Joseph saying the mob at threatened firing into his vessel.​>
Prest. attended meeting at Mass.
preached at Wilmington in the forenoon, to an attentive congregation, he had a chill after he got through. Elder spoke in the afternoon.
A Conference was held at , addressed by Elder and others. 12 persons were and confirmed & 8 Elders.
24 June 1844 • Monday
Mond 24. Territory of (copy s affidavit) [A.] McKinney J. P.
25 June 1844 • Tuesday
Tuesd. 25. returned from for some papers, which were sent out by .
met about 4 p. m. and accused him of seeking Josephs life, made use of some very insulting language in reply, when a scuffle ensued during which a letter dropped out of s hat, which stated that there were 70 of the mob ready in to come upon to night.
It is currently reported that the mob intend to make a rush on the Jail to night.
A strong guard placed in and round the .
About 9 p. m. it began to rain very heavily.
26 June 1844 • Wednesday
Wed. 26 8 a. m. Capt. Singleton arrived with about 60 mounted militia to protect the in case a mob should come against it and he was authorized to take commnd of the Police and to use [p. 1]such measures as he might consider necessary. He read his orders from the , and wanted to know if our men would obey his orders, when the brethren responded “yes”. whereupon notification was sent to the Police to meet at 6 p.m. in the . He <​further​> reported that had given him information at where he would find three presses in for making bogus money, and said that he wanted to get hold of them.
6 p. m. The police assembled in the and entered into a temporary organization to act under Singleton. many of the regular police were officers of the , and on active service, whose places were filled for the time.
At midnight Captn. Singleton having sent a notification to the ’s Quarters that he wanted the Nauvoo Legion to be in readiness for parade in an hour’s notice, notifications were sent to the Colonels of the several Regiments accordingly.
27 June 1844 • Thursday
Thursd. 27. About 9 a. m. arrived in with subpoenas for witnesses for the expected trial on Saturday the 29th.
At 10 a.m. orders were received from Captn. Singleton to call out that portion of the resident within the limits of the for review at noon.—— immediately issued <​said​> orders to the commandants
At noon about two thirds of the Legion turned out to parade, nearly all of whom were well armed, although all the arms had been taken away, which caused Captn. Singleton and his company to express their astonishment. The Captain made a remark to the effect that it would not do to come against such a force as this. The Legion was soon dismissed on account of a messenger from the , who said that all the troops were dismissed except a small escort which was with him.
5 p.m. with about fifty men arrived at the and gave notice that he would shortly address the citizens. In about half an hour he ascended the frame of a building opposite the and addressed the people.
We here insert the location of the on this memorable day. [p. 2]
June 27. <​Thursday​> Prest. and spent a portion of the day together in the city of , and were sitting together in the Railway depo, at the time of the massacre of the Prophets; they felt very sorrowful and depressed in spirits without knowing any cause.
Elders and travelled from to by Railway and Steamboat. [2 lines blank]
Elder was in the hall occupied by the in , examining maps, and designating or pointing out each mans district or field of labor, in company with Elders , and others a part <​of that day. He felt very heavy and sorrowful in spirit, knew not the cause, but felt no heart to look on the maps— retired to the further end of the Hall alone, and walked the floor. Tears ran down his face, & wet the floor as he walked. never felt so before, and knew no reason why he should feel so then.​>
Elder was on the canal boat between Utica and N. Y. on his return to , and was much depressed in spirit, his bro. came on board of the same boat, and asked him if he had any books or pamphlets containing the Gospel of Christ or the words of life, if so, to put them under lock and key for the people were not worthy of them, for says “I feel the spirit of murder is in the hearts of the people through the land.”
Elder [3 lines blank]
Elders and were the only two of the , who were not on missions, and the only two men who were with the martyrs when they fell, and sealed their testimony with their blood.
Elder was at the house of Noah Willis Bartholomew near Jacksonburgh. <​Jackson Co.​> Michigan <​(leave a line blank)​>
Elder was in the city of and felt that depression of spirit mentioned by his brethren. [5 lines blank] [p. 3]
28 June 1844 • Friday
<​June​> Frid 28. News arrived in at day light that Joseph and were murdered yesterday while in Jail committed upon an illegal by Robert F. Smith J. P. and Captain of the Company who was stationed at the Jail.
issued the following
(copy printed circular) few hours”
At 7½ a. m. issued orders for the whole of the to meet on the parade ground east of the at 10 a. m.: They met accordingly, when <​were​> addresses were delivered and exhortations given to the to keep quiet, and not to let their violently outraged feelings get the better of them.
About noon a council of officers was held at Head Quarters.
From thence they went to meet the sad procession that accompanied the bodies of the murdered Prophet and .
at 2½ p. m. the corpses arrived at Mullholland Street on two wagons guarded by a few men from , and nearly all the citizens collected together and followed the bodies to the , where the multi tude were addressed by , , and Messrs. and who exhorted the people to be peaceable and calm, and use no threats.
We here insert the names of Josephs body guard.
Captn. Amos C. Hodge, , , , , , , , , , ,
Herald and Armor Bearer.
The following are the names of the Martial Band.
Major. , Fife Major. Drummajor. Elisha Everett [Averett] Leader, William Carter, Dominicus Carter, Jas. W. Cummings, Joseph Richards, Geo. W. Taggart, Jesse Earl, J. M. King. H. B. Jacobs, A. J. Clothier, Sylvester Duzette, [blank] Lyon, Aroet Hale, Abram Day, L. D <​W​> Hardy, Willard Smith, Stephen Wilbur Lewis Hardy, James Leithead, J. M. Trink, Eleazur [Eleazer] King, [blank] Sprague [p. 4]
June 28. In the afternoon , , and , went by Railway cars and steamboat to .
29 June 1844 • Saturday
Sat. 29 <​The was out all night, expecting a mob to come.​> The following extract is from a letter addressed to Joseph Smith from &
(copy extract on file)
forwarded the following by Gen. H. S. Cooley
About noon Gen. H. Swazey of called at , and offered assistance to the people.
wrote as follows which was published in the Times and Seasons.
“To the people (copy Page 564–5) in chief”
1 p. m. Mayor [John] Wood. and Ex Mayor [E.] Conyers from , arrived from the s head Quarters— said, 244 troops from had arrived in to protect the innocent; and they had come to ascertain the feelings of the people, and adopt measures to allay excitement.
We copy the following letter from Sheriff
<​“Roll of (copy on file) war in ”. also copy ’s list on file “The following (copy) Manchestr”​>
30 June 1844 • Sunday
Sab[bath] 30. The wrote to as follows
“Head Quarters (copy letter) chief”
<​A few of the brethren met in Council and agreed to send br. to bear the news of the massacre to the ​>
wrote the following and sent it by the hands of .
Sunday (copy letter) heaven”
A Council was held by the brethren at which Messrs. [John] Wood and [E.] Conyers from were present, also Lawyer from . The Council again expressed their determination to preserve the peace in the , and requested those gentlemen to use their influence to allay the excitement abroad, which they promised to do.
agreed to use all his influence to stay all illegal writs, and all writs for the present.
requested a guard might be sent to , to protect the people there from the mob.
Father was present and spoke of the destruction of crops by the troops.
We extract from s Journal
“The (copy paper apart <​conference min. on file​>) by those who spoke”
1 July 1844 • Monday
<​July​> Monday 1. , and Col. Fellows [Hart Fellowes] arrived <​in ​> with message from the to the city Council. We copy their instructions
“Col. Fellows (T & S pa 565) ” [p. 5]
July 1 They wrote as follows “ (copy T&S p. 565)
We copy from the Times & Seasons (pa. 566) “At a meeting—
Esq. (pa 566) .” “Public meeting (pa 566) “To the (pa 568) .”
The following appropriate and expressive Poetry we copy from the Times and Seasons.
“The assassination of (pa 575) above”
2 July 1844 • Tuesday
<​Tuesday​> July 2d We extract the following from & ’s letter.
June 21st. 1844 <​(this letter to be revised)​>
Elder was brought home from to the joy of his friends.
A special session of the city council was called to devise (see printed slip on file)
“To whom it may concern (Copy letter <​​> of instructions)
wrote as follows. “His (copy letter) 8 p.m.”
At a Council of the Twelve and other Elders held in the Franklin hall . <​there were​> ordained 2 Elders, and arranged <​arrangements made​> for dividing off into different parts of the vineyard, each of the Twelve were appointed to attend several conferences.
Elders and took steamer for Portland Maine.
Col. delivered a political address at Bunker hill at 4 p. m.
3 July 1844 • Wednesday
Wed. 3 We copy from the Neighbor.
July 3 (pa 256) .”
Messrs. John B. Kimball of and of report that John Patrick Wells & were wounded in the affray at .
and spent the day together in the city of , and in the evening visited the museum.
4 July 1844 • Thursday
Thursd. 4 received a letter from Richard Ballantyne introducing Mr. William M. Daniels
Mr. Daniels made the following affidavit.
“State of (copy affidavit) affiant saith not”
The following anonymous letter was written
“For the Democrat (copy letter ) Rights” [p. 6]
July 4 & , <​with​> several of the , and <​2​> other Elders, visited the grand exhibition of fire works, on the Boston common this evening. a great multitude were present.
5 July 1844 • Friday
Frid 5. Mr. Daniels started about 9 a. m. to go and see the and tell him what he knew in relation to the massacre of the Gens. Smith
A raft of Pine lumber arrived from the .
& took cars from and proceeded to Linn.
6 July 1844 • Saturday
Sat. 6 and Mr. Robertson arrived in the at 2 p.m. expressed themselves abundantly satisfied with ’ proceedings and agreement at . and expressed their belief that the would do all in his power to quell further outrages and preserve the peace.
took charge of the raft of lumber which arrived yesterday as for the Trustee
saw the s letter in reply to the letter from the Committee of safety and recorded in his Journal thus “The seems disposed to make the best of his situation and try to restore the credit of the by bringing the assassins to justice.”
A Conference was held in New York, 4 branches were represented, containing 95 members, including 23 . Elder C[harles] W. Wandell Presiding.
7 July 1844 • Sunday
Sab. 7. Meeting at the .
read s letter in reply to the Committee
addressed the meeting.
advised <​some of​> the people to go out and harvest, and others who stay, to go on with the , and make work in the .
arrived in the his presence produced some excitement in consequence of the believing he was accessory to the murder of the Prophets.
The following was sent to (copy letter) case”
’s Journal records a conference held this day at . He preached in the forenoon. Elder in the afternoon [p. 7] and in the afternoon, and Elder in the evening.
The conference went off well, the brethren realizing they had a good time.
A conference was held in the Presbyterian meeting house in Scarborough Maine, which continued through the 6th and 7th. Elder Presided.
The conference was addressed, and business attended to by Elders , , C. Tufts, and Saml. Parker.
A large mob assembled in on the 6th and gathered in front of St. Phillips church with the intention of burning it, because of some difficulty existing between the Protestants and Irish Catholics, the mob continued 2 days. The Governor of the called out 3000 of the militia: there were 14 killed and 50 wounded during the riot.
8 July 1844 • Monday
Mond 8th. About this time a letter was received from reporting progress for the Baltimore convention to nominate candidates for the Presidency.
, , , , , & held a <​3​> meeting<​s​> in the concert hall . Morning, afternoon and evening.
The house was full and the brethren felt well.
The following is extracted from the New York Tribune.
“The troubles (pa 264 N[auvoo] Neighbor) victim”
9 July 1844 • Tuesday
Tuesd. 9 and wrote as follows.
(copy letter to ) in cold blood”
Elders & were at when they first heard the rumors of the massacre of the Prophets, but did not believe the accounts were correct.
Elders & were in this morning and heard of the death of the Prophets. recorded he was unwilling to believe it. tho’ it struck him to the heart. They took cars for in the morning where they stayed during the day. In the evening they proceeded to .
Elder was in Portland Maine, and ready to step on board of a steamer for , when he received the Boston Times Newspaper containing an account of the death of the Prophets, he [p. 8] immediately took cars and returned to stopping over night at Scarborough.
10 July 1844 • Wednesday
Wed. 10. , , Elders & met in Council in the Council chamber.
Elder wrote as follows “ (copy letter to Esq)
Elder arrived at .
A Committee of nine Ladies among whom were , Mrs. John Taylor [Leonora Cannon Taylor], and waited upon Mr. and told him they should not bear his taunts and insults any longer, they ordered him to leave the forthwith, or he would be visited by a stronger force to morrow.
These Ladies having good reason to believe that was accessory to the murder of their relatives the Prophets, took the liberty of pursuing this course towards him.
Mr. obligated himself that should leave before morning, accordingly he got his team ready and took him out of the that evening.
We copy from the Neighbor
is recovering as fast as can be expected. His wounds are doing well”
“Goodness (N. N. pa 256) and woe at
Elders & went from to Lowell.
Elders & , proceeded by Railway from to .
The Neighbor has the following notice
The Prophet.” (pa 256) itself.”
We copy from the St. Louis Evening Gazette.
“Public opinion (copy N. N. pa. 256) without a dissenting voice.”
We copy from the (Iowa) Democrat
“We also endorse (copy N N pa. 256) law.”
From the State Register
“Joseph Smith (copy as altered & amended <​to be altered further​> N N 256) occur.” [p. 9]
“From the Sangamo Journal (copy pa 256) community.”
“From the Republican ( do ) wiped out”
From the Bloomington (Iowa) Herald (do 257) loss of their leader”
The following extract of a letter from a highly respectable gentleman to his friend in we copy from the Nauvoo Neighbor
(pa 272) enthusiast.”
The Editor of the Neighbor adds.
“Upon this letter, let it be remembered, that the writer is not a Mormon, or a western man, but a citizen of , loving law liberty and life.”
The following ordinance was passed by the city Council
“An ordinance concerning (copy from papers on file) Recorder.”
From the Tompkins (N. Y.) Democrat we extract the following
“The report (copy N. N. pa 272) future’
11 July 1844 • Thursday
Thursd. 11 called upon Elder , likewise bro. [Samuel] Russell & <​*​>; also upon to enquire about the lumber for the .
Elders and travelled to for the purpose of attending Conference.
Elders , & others, went to Wilmington and preached in the evening, several from were present.
Elder preached in this evening, endeavored to console the Saints who were mourning the loss of the martyred Prophet & .
12 July 1844 • Friday
Frid. 12 consulted with about calling a meeting of the Presidents of various to appoint a Trustee in Trust in behalf of the
A Council was held at 3 p. m., but as & considered it premature, the Council was adjourned till Sunday evening the 14th.
Messrs. [Edward] Bedell and Backenstos, arrived in , and reported the had demanded the public arms at and was refused.
Prest. spent the day with the brethren in .
We learn from ’s journal that in company with and delegates to the convention from , Deleware, and Maryland, he proceeded to Baltimore. He & hearing so many contradictory reports concerning the death of the Prophets, felt very anxious to Atain [p. 10] some correct information; they went into their closets and prayed to the Lord to open the way, whereby they might know the truth concerning it: immediately went to the post office and got letters up to the 24th of June from his ; informing him that Prests. Joseph & had delivered themselves up into the hands of their enemies to be tried, upon reading which, they were immediately satisfied that the Prophets were massacred.
wrote a letter of exhortation to the which was published in the Prophet.
Elder wrote a long letter on Mormonism which appeared in the Peoples organ of .
13 July 1844 • Saturday
Sat. 13 proposed the organization of a fishing company to help supply the with food.
& returned to Wilmington, and from thence to , where they read letters giving a particular account of the martyrdom of their brethren.
14 July 1844 • Sunday
Sab. 14 Meeting at .
proposed that the church postpone electing a Trustee, until the returned and called a special conference.
6 p, m, several councillors came to the council chamber to investigate the subject of choosing Trustees, but decided to wait until the Twelve arrived.
We extract the following from Prest. s Journal.
“Frid. 12 We held a meeting in in the evening preparatory to the to morrow.
Sat. 13 Had a good time at Conference all day; the brethren were very glad to see us, and the Lord gave us many good things to say to them. I preached to the Saints and showed the organization and establishment of the kingdom of God upon the earth; that the death of one or a dozen could not destroy the , nor hinder the work of the Lord from spreading throughout all nations.
Sab. 14 Held 3 meetings, ordained 28 Elders, we enjoyed ourselves well and had an excellent conference.”
Elders and went to meeting in , they read the account given of the massacre to the , who all felt very sorrowful and agreed to dress in mourning in token of their love and respect for the [p. 11] martyred Prophets.
recorded “O Lord how can we part with our dear brethren. O Lord save thy servants the .”
The in met in the Franklin Hall, the house was crowded to overflowing, and many could not get into the room; members who had not been in the habit of attending our meetings, came that day, to see what course the Saints would pursue, now their leaders were slain.
being the only one of the Twelve in the , addressed the Saints during the day and also in the evening. He preached in the forenoon from Rev 6th. chap. 9 10 & 11 verses. In the afternoon from Rev. 14th. chap. 6, 7, & 8 verses and in the evening on the Parable of the Fig tree as recorded by Luke in 21st. chap., and in connection read some of the Revelations given through the martyred prophet of our day.
The spirit of the Lord rested powerfully upon the , and the Saints, and their hearts were comforted.
15 July 1844 • Monday
Mond. 15 , , and with many brethren assembled to organize a Company of fishermen to supply the with fish: 28 volunteered with 8 boats and skiffs.
was appointed President, John S. Higbee and Peter Shirts counselors.
The Times & Seasons has the following Editorial
“The murder (pa. 584)
The following was written by the undersigned members of the Council
“To the Saints abroad (copy T & S pa. 586)
Elder returned to ; two weeks since he left , reported that all was quiet and peace in the since the burial of the martyrs.
“A Lamentation of a Jew -[]- among the afflicted and mourning sons and daughters of Zion, at the assassination of the two chieftains in Israel Joseph & ” was published in the Times & Seasons.
16 July 1844 • Tuesday
Tuesd. 16 finished measuring the last raft of lumber for the from the , amounting to 87.732 feet.
The following was received by Dr.
“De kalb (copy) .” [p. 12]
To which Dr. replied as follows.
(copy) .”
wrote the following
(copy) ” <​this letter to be fixed by ​>
having received ’s letter at , started for , but on arriving at remained all night.
17 July 1844 • Wednesday
Wed. 17. Mrs. in company with Messrs. & went to , for letters of administration on the estate of her deceased husband Joseph Smith.
The following is from s Journal
The following is extracted from the St. Louis Transcript taken from the report of the Editor of the Republican
“On our return (copy N. N. [Nauvoo Neighbor] pa. 260) to their homes”
18 July 1844 • Thursday
Thursd. 18. No rain since the night of the 29th. Ulto. of any amount; excessively warm, Ther. 98½ Fah.; after sunset the clouds gathered dense and black, accompanied by lightning which became so constant and the flashes so near each other, as to be almost one continued flash, lighter than noon day; the rain descending in torrents, the wind tremendous, prostrating many trees and some houses.
The following is from ’s Journal
(Copy extract on file)
The following Epistle of the was published in the Prophet
(No. 11 July 27) Clerk”
We copy from the Prophet
(do. paper)
19 July 1844 • Friday
Frid. 19. , , & spent the afternoon in Council.
went to and preached to the in the evening.
20 July 1844 • Saturday
Sat. 20 and spent the day together in the city of . Elders & left for and for .
21 July 1844 • Sunday
Sab. 21 Meeting at the .
preached from the Book of Mormon, quoted from Moroni “Widows mourning for their husbands.”
Afternoon. The was administered. Elders , & spoke. [p. 13]
and preached to the in during the day and in the evening. Congregations very attentive.
22 July 1844 • Monday
Mond. 22. The following is from Governor .
(copy) .”
To which the annexed was sent in Reply.
(copy) .”
Sister Leonora [Cannon] Taylor wrote as follows
“To his Excellency (copy) Taylor”
went to Farmington Ct, and spent the night at his fathers house, ordained his father a .
23 July 1844 • Tuesday
Tuesd. 23 10 a. m. started <​went​> down on the Osprey to to wait upon the .
Elders & spent the day in , attended meeting in the evening and ordained 32 Elders.
parted with his father and mother at Farmington, and proceeded to .
24 July 1844 • Wednesday
Wed. 24 , , , & met in Council:
They and administered to Elder .
received the following communication from the .
July (copy) .”
<​The reason the waited so long was for Br— ​>
The brethren of the Twelve were delayed in several days, waiting upon Elder to accompany them to .
[one line blank]
Elders , , & left by Railway in the morning for ; on their arrival at in the evening they were joined by Elders , , , and sister , who had arrived from , making six of the Quorum of the Twelve; they all continued their journey by Railway during the night.
25 July 1844 • Thursday
Thursd. 25 returned from
received the following from .
(copy) .”
Elder remains very sick.
and many other Elders returned home to day, all seemed weighed down with gloom.
Elders , , , , & arrived in , and remained all night. [p. 14]
26 July 1844 • Friday
Frid. 26 The Members of the returning to took steamboat at for .
took leave of this brethren at , to visit his family at .
27 July 1844 • Saturday
Sat. 27 We copy from the Times & Seasons the following from the pen of Miss
“To (pa. 607) he bled.”
Sat. 27 The brethren of the arrived at in the evening and remained over night at the Railroad hotel.
28 July 1844 • Sunday
Sab. 28 , and others addressed the at
Elder arrived at this evening.
The following is from Elder ’s Journal.
“The brethren of the took the propellor Hercules for at 10 a. m., Fare in the cabin $7.00 we had good comfortable state rooms, we spent the day in writing and in social conversation with each other concerning the death of Joseph & , and the welfare of the church and our families: A variety of subjects were called up each one expressing his feelings freely. Prest. said he wished me to keep an account of things as they were passing, as he should look to me for his Journal at <​in​> a future day. said that Joseph told him while in Mo. in 1839 he would not live to see 40 years, but he was not to see 40 y reveal it till he was dead.”
30 July 1844 • Tuesday
Tuesd. 30 brother of the martyred Prophet & died.
The brethren of the arrived at Mackinaw. The Steamer stopped a short time, took in some fish, and took some boats with Indians in tow. There was a feeling of prejudice manifested by the passangers of the boat against the brethren, because they did not mingle with them in their nonsense and folly, and this spirit is more or less manifest throughout the world.
31 July 1844 • Wednesday
Wed. 31 arrived at .
The following from the appeared in the Neighbor.
“To the people (copy N. N. pa. 268) .”
1 August 1844 • Thursday
<​Thursd​> Augt. 1 The remains of the deceased was interred this morning at 10 a. m. [p. 15]
Thursd. 1 Funeral sermon at 10 a . m.
We extract the following from his obituary
The exit (T & S. pa. 606 ) as a man of God” <​improve this obituary see Mss. original​>
The <​brethren of the​> arrived in in the evening and tarried over night at the Lake street house.
2 August 1844 • Friday
Frid. 2 The <​brethren of the​> took stage at 7 a. m. for , passed over delightful country but very bad roads, had to walk over mud holes and bad places, and had to carry poles or rails on their backs to pry out the stage coach.
3 August 1844 • Saturday
Sat. 3 arrived at from .
Elders & invited to meet in Council at 8 next morning which he agreed to
The continued their journey through the day and night by stage; while upon the journey they overtook a Company of Norwegians who were travelling with ox teams, and heavy loaded wagons, one of which was stuck fast in the mud blocking up the road, while several of them were whipping the oxen and bawling to them in the Dan <​Norwegian​> <​Do N speak Danish​> language which seemed to frighten the oxen, but they were unable to move the wagons on: after sitting and looking at them a wagon moment, got out of the coach and stepped up and took the whip out of the hands of one of the Norwegians, telling them all to stand out of the way. He then talked to the oxen in tongues which was not understood by Norwegians or English, and touching them lightly with the whip, they instantly pulled the wagon out of the mud and continued the journey, much to the astonishment of the Norwegians and to the surprize and amusement of the Passengers on the Stage.
4 August 1844 • Sunday
Sab. 4 was engaged with a lawyer and did not attend council
10 A. M. Meeting at the .
preached from the words, “My ways are not as your ways &c.[”] He related a vision which he said the Lord had shown him concerning the situation of the and said there must be a Guardian appointed to build the church up to Joseph as he had begun it.
afternoon, & preached.
Elder of the gave public notice (at the request of ) that there would be a special meeting of the church at the on Thursday the 8th. inst. for the purpose of choosing a Guardian (President & Trustees).
proposed waiting till the returned & told the Saints to [p. 16] ask wisdom of God.
proposed waiting to examine the Revelation.
said wanted the meeting on Tuesday, but he put it off till Thursday, that was some distance from his family and wanted to know if this people had any thing for him to do, if not he wanted to go on his way, for there was a people numbering thousands and tens of thousands who would receive him, that he wanted to visit other around, but he had come here first.
called upon and said he was dissatisfied with the hurried movement of , he considered inasmuch as the had been sent for, and were soon expected home, the notice for meeting was premature, and it seemed to him a plot laid to take advantage of the situation of the .
The brethren of the Twelve arrived at , at 8 this morning, nearly exhausted with fatigue, having travelled 48 hours, without stopping only to take meals and change horses, distance about 160 miles.
“Mark of respect (sup. to Mill[ennial] Star Vol. 5 pa. 15) lamented brethren.”
5 August 1844 • Monday
Mond. 5 , , , and waited upon at ’s; after dinner, said he did not expect the people to choose a Guardian on Thursday; but to have a prayer meeting, and interchange of thought and feeling, and warm up each others hearts.
Jesse Price made the following affidavit.
“State of (copy on file) farther.”
The following letter was sent to .
(copy Cole’s letter)
The brethren of the went on board the Steamer St. Croix at for — started in the afternoon.
recorded the following dream.
“I dreamed of speaking before a large congregation on the policy of the nation, and the policy of our religion; I said that Joseph the Prophet had laid the foundation, and we would have to carry out his measures. Joseph was present, heard all I said and sanctioned it, all seemed perfectly natural.”
6 August 1844 • Tuesday
Tuesd. 6 , , , and met in Council at ’s.
The following is extracted from ’s Journal. [p. 17]
“We (the brethren of the <​returning to ​>) stopped at various places while going down the among others the town of , after which we prepared our minds to once more behold the city of and embrace our families and friends.
We were landed at the upper stone house at 8 in the evening. We were welcomed with joy by all the citizens we met; We hired a coach and I accompanied my brethren to their families, after which I was conveyed to my own land truly felt to rejoice to once more meet with my wife children and friends. Thus it is with me I have not spent but one summer either at home or with the body of the for the last 10 years, as my lot has been cast abroad in the vineyard most of the time. When we landed in the there was a deep gloom seemed to rest over the city of , which we never experienced before.[”]
7 August 1844 • Wednesday
Wed 7 , , , , , , , & met in council with at his house, found him recovering from his wounds received at the massacre of the Prophets.
The felt to rejoice at having the privilege of again meeting in Council together, after having passed through such trying scenes; and to be welcomed by the who considered it very providential for the Twelve to arrive at this particular juncture when their minds were agitated, their hearts sorrowful, and darkness seemed to cloud their path, feeling like sheep without a shepherd, their beloved prophet having been taken away
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8 August 1844 • Thursday
Thursd. 8 <​[illegible] extract​> “This day is long (copy from s Journal) &c.
“At a special meeting (copy min. on file)
M. S. History
June 22 to Aug 8 1844
Copied in Book F [p. 18]


  1. 1

    See 22 June 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 228.  

  2. 2

    See 23 June 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 228.  

  3. 3

    See 24 June 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 228.  

  4. 4

    See 25 June 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 228–229.  

  5. 5

    See 26 June 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 229.  

  6. 6

    See 27 June 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 229–230.  

  7. 7

    See 28 June 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 230–232.  

  8. 8

    See 29 June 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 232–239.  

  9. 9

    See 30 June 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 239–242.  

  10. 10

    See 1 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 242–247.  

  11. 11

    See 2 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 247–249.  

  12. 12

    See 3 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 249–252.  

  13. 13

    See 4 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 252–255.  

  14. 14

    See 5 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 255.  

  15. 15

    See 6 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 255.  

  16. 16

    See 7 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 255–256.  

  17. 17

    See 8 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 256–257.  

  18. 18

    See 9 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 257–260.  

  19. 19

    See 10 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 260–265.  

  20. 20

    See 11 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 265–266.  

  21. 21

    See 12 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 266.  

  22. 22

    See 13 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 266.  

  23. 23

    See 14 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 266–267.  

  24. 24

    See 15 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 267–271.  

  25. 25

    See 16 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 271–273.  

  26. 26

    See 17 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 273–274.  

  27. 27

    See 18 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 274–276.  

  28. 28

    See 19 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 276.  

  29. 29

    See 20 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 276.  

  30. 30

    See 21 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 276.  

  31. 31

    See 22 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 276–278.  

  32. 32

    See 23 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 278.  

  33. 33

    See 24 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 278–283.  

  34. 34

    See 25 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 283–285.  

  35. 35

    See 26 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 285.  

  36. 36

    See 27 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 285.  

  37. 37

    See 28 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 285–286.  

  38. 38

    See 30 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 286.  

  39. 39

    See 31 July 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 286–287.  

  40. 40

    See 1 Aug. 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 287–293.  

  41. new scribe logo

    Insertion in unidentified handwriting.  

  42. 41

    See 2 Aug. 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 293.  

  43. 42

    See 3 Aug. 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 293.  

  44. 43

    See 4 Aug. 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 293–294.  

  45. 44

    See 5 Aug. 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 294–295.  

  46. 45

    See 6 Aug. 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, p. 295.  

  47. 46

    See 7 Aug. 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 295–296.  

  48. 47

    See 8 Aug. 1844 entry in JS History, vol. F-1, pp. 296–304.  

  49. new scribe logo

    Docket in handwriting of Leo Hawkins.