Mormon History, Sep 17, 1843, Sunday

-- Sep 17, 1843, Sunday
[William Clayton Writings] Sunday 17. At home all day with M. I had some talk with Lydia. she seems to receive it kindly but says she has promised her mother not to marry while her mother lives & she thinks she wont (1)

-- Sep 18, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, September 18th 1843 12 come in the city council at his old house a few minutes. Tried two causes in behalf of Nauvoo vs [—] Nauvoo vs Brinks. Fined defendant $3.00. (2)

-- Sep 18, 1843, Monday
[William Clayton Writings] Monday 18 A.M at Prest. J's ... J & I rode out to borrow money - drank wine as sis Lyons. P.M. I got $50 of sis Lyons & paid it to D.D. Yearsley (1)

-- Sep 18, 1843. Monday.
[William Clayton Journal] A.M. at President Joseph's Â…Joseph and I rode out to borrow money, drank wine at Sister Lyons. P.M. I got $50 of Sister Lyons and paid it to D. D. Yearsley. (3)

-- Sep 19, 1843
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith had William W. Phelps reply to a recent letter from Thomas Ford, governor of Illinois, and send him a copy of the resolutions passed at the meeting of the mobocracy at Carthage. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] September 19th, Tuesday Stand on steps at 2 [P.M.]. Gave Dr. Richards a cod fish. A.M. at home gave Letter to Bro[ther] Phelps from Governor to answer and answered it dated 20[th] with a paper containing the resolutions of Carthage meeting of Mobocracy.

Wrote to J[acob] B. Backenstos and lady to attend wedding of W[illia]m Backenstos 3 September [3 October 1843]. (2)

-- Sep 19, 1843, Tuesday
[William Clayton Writings] Tuesday 19th. ... J & E rode to Woolleys &c (1)

-- Sep 19, 1843. Tuesday.
[William Clayton Journal] Â…J[oseph] and E[mma] rode to Woolleys &c. (3)

-- Sep 20, 1843
[Brigham Young] --20-- At the request and expense of Elder L. R. Foster, I visited Mr. O. S. Fowler, the phrenologist, at Marlborough Chapel, with Elders Kimball, Woodruff and Geo. [George] A. Smith. He examined our heads and gave us charts. After giving me a very good chart for $1, I will give him a chart gratis. My opinion of him is, that he is just as nigh being an idiot as a man can be, and have any sense left to pass through the world decently; and it appeared to me that the cause of his success was the amount of impudence and self-importance he possessed, and the high opinion he entertained of his own abilities. (5)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Wednesday, September 20th 1843 Rode out to his [Joseph's] farm. [several lines left blank] Very warm, wind south. (2)

[Polygamy] Joseph Smith is sealed in a plural marriage to Melissa Lott, reportedly with Emma Smith's permission. (6)

[Polygamy] Elder Hyrum Smith officiating. Malissa testified that her marriage to Smith included sex. See Affidavit of Melissa Willes, 3 Aug. 1893. Marriage - Joseph to Malissa Lott, age 19 ,. PLACE: Navuoo, IL SOURCE: record for Joseph Smith Jr. (7)

-- Sep 20, 1843. Wednesday.
[William Clayton Journal] Â…At the Temple office and Joseph's. He and Hyrum rode to his farm. M[argaret] and Sarah Ann Whitney also rode to the farm but did not see him. (3)

-- about Sep 20, 1843
Nauvoo, Illinois. After hearing a boarder at the Smith home insult one of the hired servants, Joseph Smith demanded that he leave. (4)

-- Sep 21, 1843
William Clayton writes in his journal: "This A.M. he [Joseph Smith] came to talk with Lydia but she won't yet consent. She wants to tarry with her sisters." Lydia Moon, sister of two of Clayton's wives, had agreed to become a plural wife to Clayton but a week ago Joseph Smith informed Clayton that "the Lord had revealed to him that a man could only take 2 of a family except by express revelation . . . He finally asked if I would not give L[ydia] to him. I said I would so far as I had anything to do in it. He requested me to talk to her." (8)

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.
2 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
3 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995,
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith,
5 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
6 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
7 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline,
8 - On This Day in Mormon History,

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