Mormon History, Sep 1, 1843

-- Sep 1, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Friday, September 1st 1843 Coles vs G[eorge] J. Adams before High Council at the grove. Joseph and Emma there as witnesses on part of the council. G[eorge] J. Adams was discharged without reproof or censure by the High Council. (1)

-- Sep 2, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 2d We walked to New Haven & called upon Lewis Allen No. 10 Collage st. We dined at Brown's Tavern. I then took the parting hand with Elder Davis & took the Stage for Farmington. I had many peculiar reflections while passing through this town whare I had spent much of my youth.

I arived at my fathers house in the evening & found my father & mother well. Eunice & Br Webster was better than they had been. I was glad to see my fathers Family one more & enter under the roof of my youth. It gives me peculiar reflections to pass through the town & over the places whare I have spent my youth in company with Brothers & friends who now sleep in the dust. I spent the night at Father Woodruff. I found my Father attending Both saw & grist mill alone although he was 65 years of age. I received a letter from Mrs Woodruff which I was glad to get. Felt to rejoice to hear from my family again. Distance of the day 30 m. (2)

[Joseph Smith] A "Notice of Expulsion" appears in the Lee County Democrat at Ford Madison, Wis., announcing a meeting that was held in Hancock County in which the citizens "declared the Mormons shall either peaceably leave the state or they will forcibly be driven away. It is said that the notices to that effect have been posted in public places in the county." (PHistory of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 316.) (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, September 2d 1843 Joseph not well. Adjourned court till (1)

-- early Sept. 1843
[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy becomes very ill. After five days of nonstop nursing, [p.204]Emma collapses and remains more or less unwell nearly the entire fall. Joseph takes over nursing Lucy. (4)

-- Sep 2, 1843
[Lucy Mack Smith] The residents of Hancock County issue a "Notice of Expulsion." (4)

-- Sep 3, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday prayer circle at 6 p.m. in Mansion House with Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, William Marks, Newel K. Whitney, and William Law, with "much instruction from the Presidents [sic] on future things" (changes order of names). (5)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 3d Sunday I walked on the Canal bank in the morning & surveyed the meadows the river the mill alone whare I had walked with my Brothers & sister & with my Bosom Friend in days that are past. But now I am alone. After musing a while on past seenes with a mixture of pleasure & pain rather more pain than pleasure I returned to the house.

Spent the day with the family & in the evening I preached to the people. Had a goodly number present. After meeting I Baptized two persons James Hooker & [ ] Smith & spent a piesant evening & another night under my Fathers roof. (2)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, September 3d [several lines left blank] 6 [o'clock] Eve[ning] Joseph, Hyrum, W. Marsh, N[ewel] K. Whitney, W[illia]m Law and Miller in council at Joseph prayed for Hiram['s] sick child and Whitney's &c. Much instruction from the President on future things. (1)

[Polygamy] The endowed quorum meets for prayer. (6)

-- Sep 3, 1843, Sunday
[William Clayton Writings] Sunday 3rd. A.M at home. Unpleasant feelings with M. (7)

-- Sep 4, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 4th I wrote two letters one to Phoebe & inclosed a $5 dollar Bill to her. I also wrote A letter to Azmon Woodruff. (2)

-- September 4, 1843
[Brigham Young] September 4.-- Accompanied by H. [Heber] C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, Geo. [George] A. Smith and John E. Page, we crossed the Sound from New York to Providence, Rhode Island; from thence to Boston, where we arrived on the 5th, and called on Mr. Tewkesbury, 82, Commercial-street, who directed us to Brother Dudley's, Sister Dudley received us kindly. The brethren were distributed among the Saints in Boston. (8)

-- Sep 4, 1843
The New York Sun carries a description of Joseph Smith. "This Joe Smith must be set down as an extraordinary character, a prophet-hero, as Carlyle might call him. He is one of the great men of this age, and in future history will rank with those who, in one way or another, have stamped their impress strongly on society." The article ends by stating, "That his followers are deceived, we all believe. . . . A great military despotism is growing up in the fertile West, increasing faster in proportion, than the surrounding population, spreading its influence around, and marshalling multitudes under its banners, causing serious alarm to every patriot." (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 6:3.) (3)

1 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
3 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
4 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
5 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
6 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
7 - 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.
8 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).

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