[William Clayton Writings] ... Prest. J. made some remarks on the election showing that he had taken no part in it. stated that Hyrum had had a manifestation that it was for our interest to vote for Hoge. (1)
-- Aug 6, 1843. Sunday.
[William Clayton Journal] Â…President Joseph made some remarks on the election showing that he had taken no part in it. Stated that Hyrum had had a manifestation that it was for our interest to vote for Hoge. (2)
-- Aug 7, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 7th Spent the day with Brethren visiting the Saints &c. We find in to days papers an account of the destruction of property & loss of lives by the Storm on saturday. About thirty lives were lost & 500,000 dollars worth of property destroyed. The Iron suspension bridge the first built in the world (so said, with the Canal Bridge & 50 other Bridges on the Chester Creek Pa are washed away. (3)
[Joseph Smith] The state elections are held. The Saints accept Joseph's word that, although he is voting for Walker, they should follow Hyrum's example and vote for Hoge. Hoge gets 2,000 Nauvoo votes and wins by only 700 statewide. It is thus the Nauvoo vote that elects Hoge, and the Saints as well as their enemies begin to realize that they can have enormous influence in state politics. Walker and the Whigs are, of course, furious with Joseph, having presumed that when he promised his own vote he would also deliver the whole Mormon vote. The Democrats also become suspicious of the Mormon strength in Illinois. Enemies outside Nauvoo begin to realize that something must be done about the Mormons. (4)
[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, August 7th Election of U[nited] S[tates] representatives and county officers. [several lines left blank]
The Democratic Ticket prevailed in Nauvoo by an overwhelming Majority. (5)
-- Aug 8, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 8th In company with the Twelve and about 150 Saints we left the city on Board of a Steemer for an excursion. As we glided over the water we passed the New frigate Rariton of sixty four guns which had been lanched but a short time & saw the building that coverd the Pensylvania 170 gun Ship the Largest in the world. We Past on to Gloster Point & spent the day in the following amusment drinking Ice water Lemon aid, & feasting, Sailing, fishing, swinging, walking singing, & discussing various subjects &c.
The following Subject arose for discussion: Is the Prosperity of any Religous denomination a posa-tive evidence that they are right? Elder J E. Page Contended for the affirmative & Elder J M Grant for the negative After which the Chairman arose & Said that Prosperity of any people was no positive evidence of their being right & decided accordingly which was Elder B Young.
After taking our suppers we returned to the boat & Crossed again to the city. Elder Page Preached in the evening But I returned home to Br Hammers & spent the night. Distance of the day 12 m.
On my return to the city my mind was deeply exercised concerning Mrs Woodruff which continued through the evening with the impression that she was in distresse or afflicted. I prayed for her before the Lord & my mind was relieved. (3)
[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, August 8th The court was posting the Election Books in the office, viz, Wells, Hale, Billings, and Phelps, [and] Walker clerks.
At the office 9 A.M. Staid 1/2 hour. (5)
-- Aug 9, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 9th A vary rainy day. I spent the time writing. I accompanied Elders O Pratt & J M Grant in the evening to the Navy Yard to attend a prayer meeting with the Saints. I preached 1 1/2 hours & was followed by Elder O. Pratt & returned home. Distance 6 mile. (3)
-- Aug 10, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 10th Elders B Young O. Pratt G. A. Smith P Hesse & myself visited the State house in Philadelphia. We went on to the steeple whare we had a fair view of the whole city which was an interesting view. From this steeple we could have a fair view of the Alms House, Jerard college, the cathedrals, & spires towers &c.
We then went into the Independance Hall. Here we saw the place whare the Patriots signed the declaration of Independance. We set in the chairs that John Hancock sat in at the time he signed that instrument. We saw the statue of Washington, the painting of Lafeyette & others. We had a view of the painting presented by Benjamin West to the city corporation Representing the situation of Paul & Barnabas when they were set apart to the ministry. This Building was erected in AD 1733.
We called at the mint but no business doing & we returned home. Had a rainy afternoon. (3)
-- Aug 11, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 11th We spent the day in visiting various part of the city esspecially Peals Musium. We went all through it & found it to be quite interesting. Two things of Note we examined Closely the body of the Mermaid found & the Mamouth skeleton. We saw several hundred portraits of Distinguished men &c. We Also visited the mint but the works were not in operation. The engine rollers & dies and all the mashinery was the highest polished & best finished of any works I ever saw.
After finishing the walk of the day our quorum divided & attended prayer meetings in various parts of the city. I accompanied Elder Pratt & Grant to the Navy yard. I spoke over one hour & was followed by Elder O Pratt. (3)
1 - 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. http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/clayton-diaries
2 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
4 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
5 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44
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