[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, March 6th 1843 Read Elder Adam's letter in the "Bee" Boston. Also another communication showing the progress of truth in Boston.
9 o'clock called at office. Told Dr. Richards to answer or [write what he had] commented to the Bee. Recited in German at the house. Called at office for paper. After Dinner lay down to rest. Toward evening rode out.
This evening presented a grand display of burning prairie on the bank of the river opposite Nauvoo. East wind through the day, cold. Thawed a little during /in middle/ of the day. (1)
-- Mar 7, 1843
William Clayton records, "Brigham Young called me on one side and said he wants to give me some instructions on the priesthood the first opportunity. He said the prophet had told him to do so and give me a favor which I have long desired." The favor is and invitation to enter into plural marriage. Two days later Joseph Smith suggests Clayton send to England for Sarah Crooks whom Clayton had had fond feelings for while on his mission to England but had stifled them since he was already married. (2)
[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, March 7th At the office at 9 A.M. Heard [and] read decision of court. Gave an order on Lot for corn to Bro[ther] Allen. Sister Sayres called to exchange notes, her's for Dr. Rust's. At office before dinner conversing on medicine. After signed several deeds. Bro[ther] Clayton present to settle.
Brother Manhard brought and gave 2 loads of corn and 1 hog to President from Iowa. Reconed with Theodore Turly, who enquired what was wisdom concerning a brewery in this place? Reconed with Dymic Huntington. East Wind through the day.
3 [P.M.] o'clock rain commenced. Informed Phe[l]ps and Richards they might bond themselves at dinner. (Clayton began to settle with the brethren about Lots at Mayor's office) (1)
William Clayton Invited by Brigham Young to receive instruction in plural marriage. (3)
-- Mar 7, 1843. Tuesday.
[William Clayton Journal] A.M. at the office. Afterwards went to President Josephs and commenced settlement with those who have claims on city Lots. Elder Brigham Young called me on one side and said he wants to give me some instructions on the priesthood the first opportunity. He said the prophet had told him to do so and give me a favor which I have long desired.2 For this again I feel grateful to God and his servant, and the desire of my heart is to do right and be saved. (4)
-- Mar 08, 1843
[Polygamy] to 27 Jun 1844 Marriage - Joseph to Eliza M. Partridge, age 22 ,. Elder Heber C. Kimball officiating SOURCE: LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Elder Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 1 Page: 697 Marriages in Nauvoo Region 1839-45. Easton, S. Civil Marriages in Nauvoo 1839-45. Cook, Lyndon Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register 1845-46 Mormon Manuscripts to 1846. (5)
-- Mar 8, 1843
Heber C. Kimball preaches and "made use of the figure of the Potter and clay, and showed that O[rson] Pratt was stiff and had to be cast off the wheel and A[masa] Lyman put on it." Pratt was upset after learning that Joseph Smith had proposed plural marriage to his wife, Sarah, during Pratt's absence on a mission. Thirty-seven-year-old Joseph Smith marries 22-year-old Eliza Partridge who becomes his 20th wife. He married her 19-year-old sister Emily four days earlier. (2)
[Joseph Smith] Sealed polygynously to Eliza Partridge. (6)
[Joseph Smith Diary] Wednesday, March 8th 1843 Suddenly in the night wind changed to N.W. Extremely cold this morn[ing, now] very pleasant and calm. Much floating ice in the river. At the office 8 o'clock signed some writing concerning the [Nauvoo] Legion. After dinner in office /Mr Cowan came in/ wrote a letter to [-]. Conversed with the Pr[o]cession about Military tactics. Reconed with Ford. 5 o'clock cloudy. Rode out with Cowan. (1)
-- Mar 8, 1843 (Wednesday)
The ship Yorkshire sailed from Liverpool, England, with 82 Saints on board, led by Thomas Bullock; the emigrants arrived at Nauvoo, May 31st, via New Orleans. (7)
-- Mar 8, 1843. Wednesday.
[William Clayton Journal] Â…Evening I went to Brother Kimballs Meeting. The house was crowded to suffocation. He made use of the figure of the Potter and clay, and showed that O[rson] Pratt was stiff and had to be cast off the wheel and A[masa] Lyman put on it.3 The discourse was good. (4)
-- Mar 9, 1843
Erastus Snow: Left for Nauvoo 9 March 1843. (8)
William Clayton goes for an afternoon walk with Joseph Smith: "the prophet invited me to walk with him. During our walk he said he had learned that there was a sister back in England to whom I was very much attached. I replied there was, but nothing farther than an attachment such as a brother and sister in the church might rightfully entertain for each other. He then said, 'Why don't you send for her?' I replied, 'In the first place I have no authority to send for her, and if I had, I have not the means to pay expenses.' To this he answered, 'I give you authority to send for her, and I will furnish you the means,' which he did. This was the first time the prophet Joseph talked with me on the subject of plural marriage. He informed me that the doctrine and principle was right in the sight of our Heavenly Father, and that it was a doctrine which pertained to celestial order & glory. After giving me lengthy instructions and information concerning the doctrine of celestial or pl
ural marriage he concluded his remarks by the words, 'It is your privilege to have all the wives you want.'" (2)
1 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1842-43
2 - This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
3 - Smith, George D., An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology
4 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995
5 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline, http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
6 - Scott H. Faulring, An American Prophet's Record, 'A Joseph Smith Chronology'
7 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
8 - 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
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