Mormon History, Aug 14, 1843

-- Aug 14, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 14th I took the parting hand with the Saints & in company with Elders O. Pratt & Wm. Moore I took steem Boat & traveled 40 miles to shoolkiil & then walked 6 miles to Mr Mosleys & Preached in the meeting house. I spoke & was followed by Elder Pratt. It was a rainy night. Distance of the day 46 m. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Former Illinois Gov. Thomas Ford writes to Missouri Governor Thomas Reynolds explaining why he has decided not to call out the militia or to try to rearrest Joseph. (2)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith attended the funeral of Lydia Walker, who had died at his house the previous day. (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, 14th August Rode out 9 A.M. At home 1 P.M. spoke to him [Joseph Smith] about recording Father Smith's blessing on the brethren. To the burying ground with Lydia Walker &c. LaForest lifted cannon. [-] (4)

-- Aug 15, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 15th Rode 18 miles & walked 3. Took supper with Br [ ]. Then Rode 6 miles to Mr Hoofmans whare I spent the night. Distance of the day 27 miles.

+ During this days ride we passed over the ground of the Brandywine Battle. Saw whare the action Commenced whare the Americans Retreated & a part of them surrendered. It was near Chadds ford. Saw whare Gen Washington led away the remainder of the army. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, 15th [several lines left blank] Evening at the exhibition of strength or feats of LaForest cannon and anvils &c. (4)

-- Aug 16, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 16th In company with Elder Moore I rode to Br John Neff's in Strasburgh Lancaster Co Pa & spent the night with him. Found him strong in the faith & manifested a disposition to do the will of God to sell his property & go to Nauvoo to take stock in the Nauvoo House &c. I had an interesting time with them. Sister Barbara showed me two Letters from Elder Julian Moses. I passed by Br Edward Hunters former residence. I found the country throughout this region to be exeeding rich & fertile. Wheat, Corn, oats & Clover in great abundance. The distance of this day was 25 m. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Wednesday, 16th 10 A.M. Attended funeral of Gen[eral] James Adams. I gave Esqu[i]r[e] Adams S[idney] Rigdon's affidavit to carry to Gov[ernor] Ford. LaForest played his feats. (4)

[Polygamy] Joseph Smith tells William Clayton that Emma "had resisted the principle of plural marriage and threatened him with divorce. (5)

-- Aug 16, 1843, Wednesday
[William Clayton Writings] Wednesday 16. ... [out showing a man a lot] We returned & met Prest. J. & some of the family going to the funeral of Judge Adams. P.M. I went with A. Young to look at a lot & called as sis Booths who is in trouble. Robert is gone away to work Sarah Ann is gone to Keokuk, & Elesabeth & husband is going to Chicago this evening. This A.M. J. told me that since E. came back from St Louis she had resisted the P. in toto & he had to tell her he would relinquish all for her sake. She said she would given him E. & E. P but he knew if he took them she would pitch on him & obtain a divorce & leave him. He however told me he should not relinquish any thing O. God deliver thy servant from iniquity and bondage. (6)

-- Aug 17, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 17th I wrote two Letters one to Julian Moses & one to Orson Spencer of New Haven Ct. I took the parting hand with Br Neffs family & rode to Elder Eligah Malin west Nantmeal chester co Pa. Br Malin was the Presiding Elder. I spent the night at his house. Distance of the <day> 25 m. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Thursday, August 17th In office 10 1/2 A.M. Trial [of] a case against Margaret Butterfield vs Alexander Mill. Also commenced a suit [of] Nauvoo vs Joel Bullard. Adjourned to 4 P.M. After dinner tried a case Nauvoo vs John Frizzacharly. 4 P.M. finished trying Butterfield[']s case.

9 P.M. Issued out a capius[?] before Alderman Harris vs A. LaForest and he was brought to court room and left $5 to secure for use of room till morning. P[arley] P. Pratt and O[rson] Hyde started for Boston by Chicago. (4)

-- Aug 17, 1843, Thursday
[William Clayton Writings] Thursday 17th. ... Margaret seems friendly but not well satisfied yet she treats me very well & I pray God to bless her forever. (6)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
2 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
3 - Joseph Smith Resource Center: Daily Events in the Life of Joseph Smith,
4 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44
5 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
6 - Fillerup, Robert C., compiler; William Clayton Nauvoo Diaries and Personal Writings, A chronological compilation of the personal writings of William Clayton while he was a resident of Nauvoo, Illinois.

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