Journal, September–October 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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Commenced to write for President
Joseph Smith Junr
on Monday the 3rd September 1838
Memorandum &c &c
3 September 1838 • Monday
Monday Septr 3rd At home all or greater part of day
4 September 1838 • Tuesday
Tuesday 4th— Breakfast with him 1/2 past 7 oclock, dined at home for dinner a little before noon, & again in the even[in]g between 5 & 6 oclock.
5 September 1838 • Wednesday
Wednesday 5th— At home for breakfast at 1/2 past 7 also for dinner from 1 to 2 oclock at home in the evening about 6 oclock.
6 September 1838 • Thursday
Thursday 6thHe rode out on Horseback He left home a horseback 1/2 past 7. morn[in]g
At home again the even[in]g before dark.
7 September 1838 • Friday
Friday 7th— Saw him leave home about sun rising and heard, and saw him at home between 10 and 11 oclock same night.
8 September 1838 • Saturday
Saturday 8th--- At home about 8 oclock morn at home between 2 & 3 oclock Afternoon.
9–13 September 1838 • Sunday–Thursday
No memorandum from 8th to 14
14 September 1838 • Friday
Friday 14th— At home about 3 P.M & all the evening.
15 September 1838 • Saturday
Saturday 15th— At home early in morning for breakfast & dinener say 9 & 2 oclock
16 September 1838 • Sunday
Sunday 16th— At home all day
17 September 1838 • Monday
Monday 17th Saw him early morning
again at 9 oclock forenoon
also afternoon
18 September 1838 • Tuesday
Tuesday 18— At home all day & unwell. in better health towards evening. [p. [3]]
19 September 1838 • Wednesday
Wednesday 19th— At home in the morning for breakfast, about 8 oclock.— also in for dinner about 1 oclock and in the evening before bed time.
20 September 1838 • Thursday
Thursday 20th— At home from morning untill about 10 oclock went out on horseback & returned at about sunset or rather before it— at home all evening
21 September 1838 • Friday
Friday 21rst— Saw him at home at breakfast
22 September 1838 • Saturday
Saturday 22nd— At home early in the morn[in]g & at breakifast about 1/2 past 7 oclock saw him ride out a horseback about 9 oclock.
23 September 1838 • Sunday
Sunday 23rd— At home & at meeting all the day also saw him <​at home​> evening about 9 oclock.
24 September 1838 • Monday
Monday 24th— At home at breakfast and before, Saw him ride out on horseback about 1/2 past 8 oclock morn[in]g.
Returned home about 5 oclock ev[en]ing
25 September 1838 • Tuesday
Tuesday 25th— At home for breakfast about 8 oclock saw him go out a horseback saw him again between 11 & 12 oclock at which he was untill about 1/2 past 5 even[in]g Saw him at home in evening about 1/2 past 6.
26 September 1838 • Wednesday
Wednesday 26th— At home morning early also at breakfast between 7 & 8 oclock. Saw him ride out on between 10 & eleven oclock and saw him at home again 9 oclock evening
27 September 1838 • Thursday
Thursday 27th— At home before & at breakfast 8 oclk saw him again at 4 oclock in the even[i]ng & between 5 and 6 oclock in the . [p. [4]]
28 September 1838 • Friday
Friday 28th— At home for breakfast about 8 oclock. Saw him walk out about nine, saw him again between one and two at home all afternoon, saw him ride out about sunset.
29 September 1838 • Saturday
Saturday 29th— Did not see him untill about 3 oclock afternoon, saw him then come home a horseback—. at home all evening.
30 September 1838 • Sunday
Sunday 30th— At home for breakfast and utill [until] ten oclock, went from home at that time.
1 October 1838 • Monday
Monday 1rst October Not at home untill about 5 oclock afternoon, at home all the evening.
2 October 1838 • Tuesday
Tuesday 2nd.— At home for breakfast about 1/2 past 7 oclock saw him again in the ev[en]ing about 1/2 past four oclock, again at supper about 1/2 past 6 oclock
3 October 1838 • Wednesday
Wednesday 3rd— At home before and at breakfast also about one oclock afternoon.
4 October 1838 • Thursday
Thursday 4th— Saw him at home about sunrise, all the forenoon, and at noon. In the evening again about 8 oclock.
5 October 1838 • Friday
Friday 5th— Saw him early in the morning say 7 oclock, again about 10 oclock, did not see him all the afternoon, understood that he went from home.
6 October 1838 • Saturday
Saturday 6th— [blank lines] [p. [5]]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    JS traveled to Daviess County, Missouri, with others to appear at a preliminary hearing to assess accusations of Adam Black and William Peniston relative to the incident at the Black residence. Because Black, the complainant, did not appear, the hearing was rescheduled for the following day. (JS, Journal, 6 Sept. 1838.)  

  2. 2

    As on the previous day, JS traveled to Daviess County with others to appear at a preliminary hearing. (JS, Journal, 7 Sept. 1838.)  

  3. 3

    This week marked an escalation of tensions in northwestern Missouri. On the evening of 8 September, the Latter-day Saints received news that enemies in Daviess County were preparing to attack Adam-ondi-Ahman. A group of Mormon men left for Daviess County that night and the next day to aid the Latter-day Saints there. Also on 9 September, Latter-day Saints from Caldwell County intercepted and detained three men carrying a shipment of rifles from Ray County to Daviess County to reinforce vigilantes there. General David R. Atchison ordered eight companies of Missouri militia from Clay and Ray counties to ride to Caldwell and Daviess counties to intervene between the armed antagonists and enforce the law. (JS, Journal, 8 and 9 Sept. 1838; Baugh, “Call to Arms,” 125–127, 132–135.)  

    Baugh, Alexander L. “A Call to Arms: The 1838 Mormon Defense of Northern Missouri.” PhD diss., Brigham Young University, 1996. Also available as A Call to Arms: The 1838 Mormon Defense of Northern Missouri, Dissertations in Latter-day Saint History (Provo, UT: Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History; BYU Studies, 2000).

  4. 4

    As JS resided within the boundaries platted for Far West, James Mulholland apparently meant that he had seen JS in or around the public square in the center of town.  

  5. 5

    The Kirtland Camp, a group of over five hundred Latter-day Saints that left Kirtland, Ohio, in July 1838, traveled through Far West on this day en route to Adam-ondi-Ahman. JS’s history later recounted that he “went in company with Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, Isaac Morley, and George W. Robinson and met them some miles out and escorted them into the city.” They arrived in Far West about five o’clock that evening. (JS History, vol. B-1, 800–801, 831; see also Kirtland Camp, Journal, 2 Oct. 1838; and Tyler, “Daily Journal,” 2 and 4 Oct. 1838.)  

    JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). Historian’s Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, boxes 1–7. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.

    Kirtland Camp. Journal, Mar.–Oct. 1838. CHL. MS 4952.

    Tyler, Samuel D. Journal, July–Oct. 1838. CHL. MS 1761.

  6. 6

    The Kirtland Camp resumed its journey to Adam-ondi-Ahman this morning. JS’s history later recounted that he and others “went with them, a mile or two” and then “returned from thence to the city, where [he] spent the remainder of the day.” (JS History, vol. B-1, 831; compare Tyler, “Daily Journal,” 3 Oct. 1838.)  

    JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). Historian’s Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, boxes 1–7. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.

    Tyler, Samuel D. Journal, July–Oct. 1838. CHL. MS 1761.

  7. 7

    JS left Far West on 5 October to aid in the evacuation of Mormons from De Witt, Carroll County, arriving there the following day. He returned to Far West by 14 October. (JS, “Bill of Damages against the State of Missouri on Account of the Sufferings and Losses Sustained Therein,” Quincy, IL, 4 June 1839, JS Collection, CHL; see also Perkins, “Prelude to Expulsion,” 273–274; and Baugh, “Call to Arms,” 163–181.)  

    Smith, Joseph. Collection, 1827–1846. CHL. MS 155.

    Perkins, Keith W. “De Witt—Prelude to Expulsion.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Missouri, edited by Arnold K. Garr and Clark V. Johnson, 261–280. Provo, UT: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 1994.

    Baugh, Alexander L. “A Call to Arms: The 1838 Mormon Defense of Northern Missouri.” PhD diss., Brigham Young University, 1996. Also available as A Call to Arms: The 1838 Mormon Defense of Northern Missouri, Dissertations in Latter-day Saint History (Provo, UT: Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History; BYU Studies, 2000).