Mormon History, Mar 21, 1843

-- Mar 21, 1843
[Joseph Smith] "Young Gentlemen and Ladies Relief Society of Nauvoo" is officially organized and a charter of 12 rules is drawn up. "If the youth throughout our land would follow this good example and form themselves into such societies, there would be much less sin, iniquity, misery, and degradation among the young people than there is at the present day." (Times and Seasons, Apr. 1, 1843.) (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, March 21st 1843 Called at the office about 9 [A.M.] and wrote an order and took leave for Shokokon. Cold west wind as it has been for a week. Cold, freezing water in the houses. (2)

[U.S. Religious History] Preacher William Miller of Massachusetts predicted the world would end on this date. Obviously, the world did not end, but Miller's ideas led to the creation of the Adventist churches in America. (3)

-- Mar 21, 1843 (Tuesday)
The ship Clayborne sailed from Liverpool with 106 Saints. (4)

-- Mar 23, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Thursday, March 23d 7 1/2 A.M. Mercury 1 Deg[ree] below zero at sunrise. * Semicircle near the Zenith. [Richards includes a third drawing of circles at this point.]
* [Richard includes at this point a fourth drawing of circles, with the following written sideways on the page, along side the drawing:] Parhelion. Appearance of the Sun. March 23d 1843 at 7 1/2 o'clock A.M. Parhelion. The colors of the circles were of the hue of the rainbow only brighter. (2)

-- Mar 24, 1843
Nauvoo, Illinois. To Joseph Smith's pleasant surprise, the Boston Bee published a favorable article about him. (5)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Friday, March 24th 1843 [several lines left blank] Having been out west, arrived at home about one or two o'clock. [several lines left blank] I loaded team and came in from Augusta with provision[s] and two [arrived] from Lima this evening. (2)

-- Mar 25, 1843
Nauvoo, Illinois. In the office, Joseph Smith received a letter from former United States senator Richard M. Young of Quincy, Illinois, containing a bond for a quarter section of land. (5)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph, as mayor, issues a proclamation against the secret gangs of thieves who are hiding out along the Mississippi River. He promises protection to anyone who will volunteer the names of the criminals. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, March 25th 1843 In the office at 8 o'clock, heard a report from Hyrum concerning thieves as given by J[ohn?]. <Wilson> and directed a proclamation to be published offering security to all who will devulge their secrets.
Received a letter from A. Jonas requesting the use of a cannon to celebrate /the creation of/ the New County of Marquetts and answered it that he might have it. Also rec[eive]d letter from Senator Young containing a bond for 1/4 section of land from Welch.
9 [A.M.] Baptized Esqu[ire] Mif[f]lin of Philadelphia.
10 [A.M.] Ordered a writ against A. Fields for disorderly conduct. Gave E[benezer] Robinson an order on T[aylor] and Woodruff for papers $16.
A. Fields was brought in about noon drunk or pretending to be so and was ordered to be put in irons till sober. He abused all present by his drunken appearance. Has been out in the city.
Dined at 2 o'clock.
"Awful gale" says St. Louis Gazette, within the last 6 weeks 154 vessels were wrecked on the coast of England and 190 lives lost; on the east of Ireland 5 vessels and 134 lives; on the coast of Scotland 17 vessels [and] 39 lives; on the coast of France 4 vessels and 100 lives. Value of vessel and cargoes roughly estimated 825,000. (2)

-- March 25th 1843
[High Council Minutes]
Council met according to adjournment at Prest H. Smith's office.
Prest W. Marks Presiding
Council present viz: 1) Edmand Fisher pro tem. 2) Allred 3) David Evans pro. tem. 4) Cutler 5) Fulmer 6) Harris 7) Grover 8) Johnson 9) Knight 10) Huntington 11) Soby 12) Sherwo[o]d
Lewis D. Wilson against Osmon M. Duel.
"February the 11th 1843.
To the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.
I hereby prefer the following charges against Osmon M. Duel, to wit:
1st For forfeiting his contract with Thomas Grover in Missouri concerning a piece of land.
2nd For forfeiting his contract in Nauvoo in refusing to pay borrowed money, and for refusing to pay for beef and hogs that he bought of T. Grover.
3 For swearing to a lie in a lawsuit between Nathaniel Whiting & T. Grover in not telling the whole truth.
L.D. Wilson"
After some remarks on the nature of the case Br Grover was released from the Council during this trial, at his own request, as being concerned in the trial & Elder Alexander Williams took his seat for the time being.
As there was much matter of difficulty between Br. Duel and Br Grover the Council decided that the whole difficulty be brought up before the Council on both sides that all matter of grieveances might be settled between Br Duel and Br Grover and that Br Wilson remain as plaintiff.
Br Duel said as the whole difficulty was to be brought up on both sides that he was not ready for trial.
The trial was then adjourned untill one week from tomorrow (2nd April) at 10 o'clock A.M.
Bro. Wilson & Br. Grover then took their seats in the Council
Br. Bent also took his seat in the Council.
William B. Simmons against Benjamin Hoyt.
Appealed from Bishop Evans' Court of the 11th Ward by Benjamin Hoyt as follows:
"Charge prefered by William B. Simmons, in behalf of the Church against Br. Hoyt.
For accusing certain persons of being witches or wizzaards and endeavoring to cure such as he said was bewitched, by art, and meddleing with those things unlawfully. (6)

1 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
2 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843
3 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline
4 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
5 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
6 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois

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