[Wilford Woodruff] 3d Also & to try to settle affairs with Joseph but as he was vary busy in attending Cort we progressed but slowly with it. (1)
-- Dec 04, 1842
Having been divided into four political areas called wards since March 1, 1841, Nauvoo is redivided into ten wards. A bishop is assigned to each ward and is given the responsibility of providing for the temporal needs of the poor in his respective ward. (2)
-- Dec 4, 1842
An anti-Mormon bounty-hunter in Keokuk, Iowa, reports to Missouri's governor Thomas Reynolds: "All of our efforts to seize the renegade Joseph Smith, have proved fruitless....He keeps constantly around him as body guard some 12 to 14 enthusiastic fanaticks which makes a secret approach impossible." (3)
[Wilford Woodruff] 4th Sunday I spent the day at the printing Office. (1)
-- Dec 4th 1842
[High Council Minutes]
Council met according to adjournment
The report of the different w boundaries of the different wards were made as follows:
"All that part of the City of Nauvoo, lying North of Mulholland street (which runs from West to East) is divided into five Wards, which (Wards) are bounded on the West by the Mississippi river and on the East by the City boundry line
The First Ward is bounded on the North by the City boundry line and on the South by Brattle Street.
The Second Ward is bounded on the North by Brattle Street or the first Ward, and on the South by Carlos Street or the 3rd Ward.
The Third Ward is bounded on the North by C[arlos] Street, or the the 2nd Ward, and on the South by Joseph Street or the Fourth Ward
The Fourth Ward is bounded on the North by Joseph Street (or the Third Ward) and on the south by Cutler Street, or the Fifth Ward.
The Fifth Ward is bounded on the North by Cutler Street, or the Fourth Ward, and on the South by Mulholland Street
All that part of the City of Nauvoo, lying South of Mulholland Street, is divided into five Wards, which constitute the, sixth, seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Wards, Which are bounded on the South by the Mississippi river and the City boundry line, and on the North by Mulholland street.
The Sixth Ward is bounded on the West by the Mississippi river, and on the East by Main Street, or the Seventh Ward.
The Seventh Ward is bounded on the West by Main Street, or the Sixth Ward, and on the East by Durfee Street or the Eighth Ward.
The Eighth Ward is bounded on the West by Durfee Street, or the Seventh Ward, and on the East by Robinson Street or the Ninth Ward.
The Ninth Ward is bounded on the West by Robinson Street, or the Eighth Ward and on the East by Green Street, or the Tenth Ward.
The Tenth Ward is bounded on the West by Green Street, or the Ninth Ward, and on the East by the City Boundry line."
Resolved that Bishop Whitney have the Seventh Ward alloted to him.
Bishop Isaac Higbee made report of his Wards which was accepted
Also Bishop Hezekiah Peck of the Tenth Ward made sent in his report by President Charles C. Rich which was accepted. Adjourned till next Sabbath at ***o'clock at this place.
Hosea Stout Clerk (4)
-- Dec 5, 1842
[Wilford Woodruff] 5th A rainy day but a busy time with me. I spent the day in looking & counting over the property Hymm Books Books of Mormon &c to be made out in the schedule. (1)
-- Dec 6, 1842
[Wilford Woodruff] 6 Spent the day in printing Office. (1)
-- Dec 07, 1842
Elder Orson Hyde returns to Nauvoo from his historic mission to the Holy Land, during which he blessed the land and visited international capitals throughout Europe and the Middle East. (2)
-- Dec 7, 1842
Elder O. Hyde returned from his mission to Jerusalem. (5)
Orson Hyde: Returned to Nauvoo 7 December 1842. (6)
[Wilford Woodruff] 7 Elder O. Hide returned to Nauvoo this day after being absent two years & a half on a mission to England Germany Asia Jerrusalem. He visited Mount Olivet &c. He was the first Elder of the church of Latter Day Saints that ever visited Jerru-salem. (1)
-- Dec 8, 1842
[Lucy Mack Smith] Thomas Ford is inaugurated as governor of Illinois. (7)
[Wilford Woodruff] 8, 9, 10 Was spent in the printing Office & preparing a writing [-] an article & agreement between Taylor & Woodruff & J Smith in renting the printing Office. (1)
-- Dec 9, 1842
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith spent the day chopping wood. (8)
1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
2 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com
3 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
4 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois
5 - Richards, Franklin Dewey and Little, James A., Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
6 - 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
7 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
8 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
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