Mormon History, Aug 13, 1838

-- Aug 13, 1838
[Missouri War] Daviess County judges issue writs for the arrest of Joseph Smith and Lyman Wight. (1)

-- mid Aug 1838
Parley P. Pratt wrote a letter of apology (in response to Zion's Watchman having printed his angry, private letter to Smith, some months earlier). (2)

-- Aug 16, 1838
Far West, Missouri. Joseph Smith told Sheriff William Morgan of Daviess County that he wished to be tried in Caldwell County according to the law. (3)

-- Aug 17, 1838
It is stated in the Canton, Ohio, Repository, that this people to the number of about 200, with 57 waggons filled with furniture, cattle, &c. have left Geauga [county, Ohio], on their way to the "promised land" in Missouri. They pitch their tent in the open field at night after the manner of the ancient Israelites.
-- (4)

-- 20-Aug 30, 1838
[Missouri War] Citizen groups and vigilantes meet in upper counties and resolve to assist Daviess and Carroll counties in bringing alleged Mormon criminals to justice. (1)

-- Aug 20, 1838
100-150 armed men ride into DeWitt and give the Mormons to October 1 to leave the county. (4)

Far West, Missouri. Joseph Smith met with various inhabitants of Caldwell County who formed themselves into Agricultural Companies. (3)

[Missouri War] One hundred armed men ride into DeWitt and threaten Mormons. (1)

-- ca. Aug 20, 1838
[Lucy Mack Smith] While Samuel is at Far West, Mary Bailey Smith is sent to Far West in a wagon during a drenching rainstorm with her newborn son and two daughters, ages one and two, by neighbors who report the prospect of mob violence. (George A. Smith dates her evacuation at about this time; Lucy recalls it as three days after the birth.) Lucy nurses her slowly back to health. (5)

-- Aug 26, 1838
Sally Parker, former neighbor of the Joseph Smith family in New York writes: "I lived by his [Hyrum Smith's] Mother and and [she] wass wone [one] of the finest of wimen[.] always helping them that stood in need[.] she told me the [w]hole story[.] the plates wass in the house and some times in the woods for eight months2 and on account of peopel trying to get them[.] they had to hide them[.] wonce [once] they hid them under the hearth[.] they took up the brick and put them in and put the bricks back[.]3 the old lady told me this hur self with tears in hur eyes, and they ran down bur cheeks too[.] she put hut hand upon hut stomack and said she [ha]s the peace of god that rested upon us all that time[.] she said it wass a heaven below[.] I axter [asked her] if she saw the plates[.] she said no it wass not for hut to see them but she hefted and handled them4 and I believed all she said for I lived by hut eight months and she wass wone of the best ofwimen" (6)

-- Aug 30, 1838
Far West, Missouri. Joseph Smith spent the day in an interview with Brother John Corrill, whose conduct for some time had been very unbecoming. (3)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Governor Boggs orders Major General David Rice Atchison to call out the militia. About this time Neil Gillum/Gillium, a militia captain, begins beating, plundering, and burning out the Saints at Hunters Mills. (5)

[Missouri War] Governor Lilburn W. Boggs, responding to reports of civil and Indian disturbances in western counties, orders twenty-eight hundred state troops to stand ready to march. (1)

1 - LeSueur, Stephen C., The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri, Appendix: Chronology of Events in Missouri, 1838-1839
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology,
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844,"
5 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
6 - On This Day in Mormon History,

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