Mormon History, Mar 18, 1843

-- Mar 18, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, March 18th 1843 Most of the fore noon in the office in cheerful conversation. Closed letter to [James] Arlington Bennet. Laid down on the writing table with /back of the/ head on Law Books saying write and tell the world I acknowlidge myself a very great lawyer. I am going study law and this is the way I study and [then I] fell asleep and went to snoring. This was about noon.
In the afternoon rode out and about 4 [o'clock] took a game of ball east of Main street. (1)

-- March 18th 1843
[High Council Minutes]
Council met according to adjournment at the Lodge Room. Prayer by James Allred.
William Marks & C.C. Rich Presiding.
All the Council present. The buisness before the Council was adjourned till tomorrow at 1 oclock P.M. at this place. Council adjourned till tomorrow (19th inst) at this place at 9 o'clock.
Hosea Stout, Clerk. (2)

-- Mar 19, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 19th Sunday I spent the day at home writing. (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, March 19th Rode with Emma to the farm. Returned about 11 A.M. At home the remainder of the day.
D[imick] Huntington started for Chicago with letter to [Justin] Butterfield concerning O[rrin] P. Rockwell. (1)

-- March 19th 1843
[High Council Minutes]
Council met according to adjournment at the Lodge Room.
W. Marks & C.C. Rich Presiding.
All the Council present. Prayer by L.D. Wilson.
A complaint was mad[e] against Ezra Hayes by Daniel Avery for preaching false doctrine and other improper conduct in Ohio, where he thought he was doing much injury.
Council adjourned till 1 oclock and met accordingly.
Daniel Shearer against Peletiah Brown
A number of charges was prefered aga[i]nst Br. Brown for teaching false doctrine and for speaking against the character of Br Shearer while he was on a mission.
The charges were mostly acknowledge by Br. Brown except for speaking against Br Shearer to his injury
Two were appointed to speak on a side, Viz: 7) T. Grover) 8) A. Johnson 9) N. Knight 10) & W. Huntington.
The charges was not sustained. President Marks Decided that they should strike hands in friendship, and begin anew, and bury all their former difficulties and and hardness, which decision the parties readily complied with before having to call a vote of the council.
Council adjourned till Saturday at 9 o'clock A.M.
H. Stout, Clerk (2)

-- Mar 20, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, & 25 The week was spent in the printing office. The weather has been uncommonly Cold mostly through the week. The thermometer has stood at Zero a number of days.
The signs in the heavens are making theire appearance. Theire has been singular signs appeared in & about the sun for sever[al] days this week. O Pratt has taken a sketch of the same which will appear in the Time & Seasons. Their has also been other signs. The light that has been represented as a sword has made its appearance for several nights past in the same place & also on the opposite of the horizen has been seem A black streak about the size of the light one. While one is as black as darkness the other has considerable of the appearance of the blaze of a Comet & some have contended that it was a Comet. But it cannot be a comet for it appears about 7 o-clock & disappears about 9 oclock remaining about two hours. Thus it appears that the signs that Joel & Jesus spoke of are making their appearance. (3)

James Brewster publishes his claim that as part of an 1836 Ohio treasure seeking expedition, Joseph Smith's father (the Presiding Patriarch of the Church) "anointed the mineral rods and seeing stones with consecrated oil, and prayed over them in the hours of the Lord in Kirtland." (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, March 20th 1843 Rode to Hiram Kimball's with Mrs. Butterfield about a deed.
Reconed with R[obert] D. Foster, and give Foster a note to balance all demands. Foster took the acknowledgement of about 20 deeds of the Trustee to sundry individuals and left the office about 3 o'clock.
This evening from 7 to 9 was seen /by Bro[ther] Hawes and others/ in the heavens a dark stripe of considerable width passing over our Zenith, dark as the darkest clouds. (1)

-- March 20th 1843
[High Council Minutes]
Graham Coultrin
1st Defendant (ie) Br Matthews admitted the first Specification and denied the rest
Decided that Br. Matthews be tried seperate from his wife and that one speak on a side, to wit: 7) Grover and 8) Johnson
After the evidence was heard the Council adjd one hour and met accordingly. Charge was sustained in substance
Decided by President Marks that Br. Matthews use his utmost endeavors to make Br Coultrin a title to the land according to the Bond, that if he (Mathews) can not make a title he must make satisfaction to Br Coultrin for the damage which he will sustain in the fa[i]lure also that Matthews make an endorsement on the Bond which Coultrin holds against him of satisfaction for the payment thereof and give up the notes he holds against Coultrin (which has been paid) and that when Coultrin gets a deed he shall pay Matthews ten (10) dollars and that if Br Matthews does not comply with the above decision that he be disfellowshiped.
Br Mathews gave up the notes & endorsed the Bond Bond & as aforesaid and agreed to abide the decision.
Adjourned till 2 weeks (28 inst) from to day at 9 oclock A.M.
Hosea Stout Clerk (2)

1 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843
2 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
4 - McQue, Bob; Religious Faith: Enlightening or Blinding?: Timeline of Key Events in Mormon History

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