Mormon History, Aug 8, 1842

-- Aug 8, 1842
Orrin Porter Rockwell and Joseph Smith escape arrest and go into retirement. (1)

Orson Pratt, influenced by statements of his wife (Sarah), rebelled against Joseph Smith [per Brigham Young]. (1)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith was arrested on a charge of being an accessory to an assault with intent to kill ex-Governor Lilburn Boggs of Missouri and was placed under custody of the city marshal after the court issued a writ of habeas corpus. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Goes into hiding after arrest warrants without any foundation are issued, falsely charging him with complicity in an attempt to assassinate Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs; the charges signal that the Church's Missouri enemies will go to any length to capture the Prophet. (Similar trumped-up charges by Missouri enemies would dog the Prophet for the rest of his life.) (3)

Jr Smith, Joseph: Arrested 8 August 1842 as accessory in attempted murder of Lilburn W. Boggs. Released same day on habeas corpus. (4)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph arrested for alleged complicity in Boggs assassination attempt. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph refuses an extradition order from Missouri and goes into intermittent hiding for the next four months. At this point, he has married thirteen plural wives, eleven of them within the last eight months. (6)

-- Aug 10, 1842
Joseph Smith goes into hiding to avoid a second arrest. (7)

[Wilford Woodruff] 10th As soon as the Boat arived at Nauvoo & landed our freight & I saw it distributed to its several places whare it Belonged I went home & retired to my bed & passed through the Severest fit of sickness I ever experience in life. I had a thorough course of the Billious fever. I was Brought exceding low & for several days I struggled between life & death. I felt some of the time like gathering up my feet & sleeping with my fathers. (8)

-- Aug 11, 1842
Mississippi River between Nauvoo, Illinois and Montrose, Iowa. Joseph Smith held a private council after dark with his wife, Emma Smith, his brother Hyrum Smith, and a few others at the lower end of an island in the river. (2)

1 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Highlights in the Prophet's Life, Ensign, June 1994
4 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
5 - Proctor, Scott and Maurine Jensen, editors, History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced
6 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
7 - On This Day in Mormon History,
8 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993

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