Mormon History, Mar 4, 1843 (Saturday)

-- Mar 4, 1843 (Saturday)
O. Porter Rockwell was taken prisoner in St. Louis by the Missourians. (1)

-- March 4th 1843
[High Council Minutes]
Council met according to to adjournment at Law's Store in Nauvoo.
William Marks Presiding.
Council present 1) Bent 2) Allred 3) Wilson 4) Cutler 5) Fulmer 6) Harris 7) Grover 8) Johnson 9) Knight 10) Huntington 11) Soby 12) Eli Norton pro tem.
Prayer by Prest Marks
Thomas Woolsey against Job Green
"To the High Council of the Church of Latter Day Saints at Nauvoo Fevruary 23rd 1843.
I prefer the following charge against Job Green for unchristian-like conduct.
For this that he made an attemp[t] to go to bed [with] two young females and acted otherwise very imprudently at the time
Thomas Woolsey
Plead not guilty one was appointed to speak on a side to wit: 1) Bent 2) Allred. After the evidence was heard there being but one witness which was went to establish the most important item it was, Decided that the charge was not sustained which was sanctioned by the Council unanimously.
Coulcil adjourned a few minutes and met accordingly.
Adjourned to the Lodge Room
Edman Durfee against James Durfee
"To the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Nauvoo.
I hereby prefer the following charges against James Durfee to wit:
1st For attemp[t]ting to defraud me out of the land that I now live upon.
2nd For stating that I had used my influence to prejudice the minds of the Church against him.
3 For beinging up old difficulties that had been settled.
4th For treating the authorities of the branch with contempt at Lima. Edman Durfee"
Defendant plead not guilty whereupon two were appointed to speak on a side viz: 3) L.D. Wilson 4) A. Cutler 5) D. Fulmer 6) and G.W. Harris.
President Charles C. Rich took his seat in Council
After the evidence was heard on the part of the prosecution, the Council adjourned untill tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.
Hosea Stout, Clerk. (2)

-- Mar 05, 1843
[Polygamy] to 05 Mar 1843 In sworn testimony, Emily D. Partridge (Smith Young) testified she "roomed" with Joseph the night following her marriage to him and said that she had "carnal intercourse" with him. Smith spends honeymoon night with secret bride Emily Partridge . SOURCE: Temple Lot case complete transcript, 364, 367, 384; also see Foster, Religion and Sexuality, 15 (3)

-- Mar 5, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 5th Spent the day at home. (4)

Joseph Smith tells the Nauvoo city council: "I was opposed to hanging, even if a man killed another, I will shoot him, or cut off his head, spill his blood on the ground, and let the smoke thereof ascend up to God; and if I ever have the privilege of making a law of that subject, I will have it so." After Smith's death, Young would define "blood atonement" as "the law of God." (5)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, March 5th 1843 Taking care of Mother all day. (6)

-- March 5th 1843
[High Council Minutes]
Council met according to adjournment at the Lodge Room.
Prayer by Newel Knight.
The buisness, before the Council the day before was taken up on the part of the defence.
After which President Rich spoke showing the reasons why James Durfee should make Edman Durfee safe in the title of his lands; and the nature of the difficulty &c.
President Marks then decided that Edman Durfee should make satisfaction, for all things which he had said or done, against James Durfee, which was unchristianlike and that he also make satisfaction, or pay, James Durfee, for his portion of the expence which James Durfee has been at in procuring a title to the land and that James Durfee make or secure a right or title to the land to Edman Durfee, or satisfy him for his improvements on or before the 15th day of April next that or the hand of fellowship must be withdrawn from them also if James Durfee has placed the land beyond his control so that he can not make a title or satisfaction, he must be cut off and that Elder Isaac Morley be appointed to inform the Council whether James Durfee complies with the decision or not within the time specified. The decision was sanctioned by the Council.
Edman Durfee then made satisfaction for all that he had said or done amiss and agreed to abide the decision fo the Council after which Jame sDurfee made satisfactory acknowledgements, and also agreed to abide the decision.
Council adjourned till next Saturday at 9 o'clock A.M.
Hosea Stout, Clerk (2)

-- Mar 6, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 6, 7, 8, & 9 Spent the time in the printing Office.
+ 10 I Wilford Woodruff testify that about 7 oclock PM I discoverd a stream of light in the south west quarter of the heavens. The rays of Light were in the form of a Broadsword with the hilt downward the Blade raised pointing from the west south west raised to an angle of 45 degrees from the horizen & extending nearly or within 2 or 3 degrees to the zenith of the degree whare the sign appeared. This sign gradually disappeared from half past 7 & at 9 oclock immediately disappeared.
The following is the declaration of Joseph the Seer conserning the foregoing sign:
As sure as there is a God who sits enthroned in the heavens & as sure as he ever spoke by me So sure there will be a spedy & Bloody war & the broad sword seen last evening is the sure sign thereof. (4)

1 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
2 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois
3 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline,
4 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
5 - 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"
6 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1842-43

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