[High Council Minutes]
Council met according to adjt at the upper room of Joseph Smith Store.
There being no buisness before the Council it adjd till Saturday the 23rd at two O'clock P.M.
Joseph M. Cole Clk pro tem. (1)
-- Dec 16, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, December 16th /This morning/ Considerably better. Arose at 10 and sat all day in the city Council which was held in my house for my accommodation. Passed an ordinance Regulating Merchants and grocers licences. Also "an ordinance concerning the landing of steam boats in Nauvoo" &c. Investigated the [p]etition to Congress for assistance to repeal mobs &c. The Mayor and council officially signed the Memorial to Congress for a redress of grievances. After council, had conversation with some of the Twelve [Apostles], [Theodore] Turl[e]y, &c. [at] 8 o'clock.
Prophecy before the City Council while discussing the Petition to Congress. Joseph [said,] "I prophecy by virtue of the Holy Priesthood vested in me in the name of Jesus Christ that if Congress will not hear our petition and grant us protection they shall be broken up as a government and God shall damn them. There shall nothing be left of them, not even a grease spot." Warm fogy and muddy. (2)
The endowed quorum meets for prayer. (3)
-- Dec 17, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday prayer circle meeting at 4 p.m. of "the Quorum" in upper room of Joseph Smith's store; anointing and endowment for Samuel H. Smith, and Joseph Smith gave instructions . (4)
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 17th I met with the quorum. Br Samuel Smith met with us. /Received his first anointing./ President Joseph Smith met with us also. We received good instruction. (5)
[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, December 17th 1843 At home. [several lines left blank] 4 P.M. prayer meeting at the Store [in the] Assembly room. Samuel Harrison Smith [was] admitted. Returned home at 7. [several lines left blank]
King Follet, Constable of Hancock County, with 10 men went this P.M. to arrest John Elliot [one of the] Kidnapper[s] of Daniel Avery with warrant of Esqu[ire Aaron] Johnson. [several lines left blank]
River clear of ice below the city and as far as up as stone tavern &c. (2)
The endowed quorum meets and one new member receives temple ordinances: Samuel H. Smith. (3)
Samuel Harrison Smith: Received endowment 17 December 1843. (6)
-- Dec 17, 1843. Sunday.
[William Clayton Journal] At home all day. Mother in law in trouble which causes M[argaret] also to weep. Evening my feelings were insulted while hearing M[argaret] and her mother in conversation. (7)
-- Dec 18, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 18th A short time since Br Daniel Avery and his son Philander Avery were both kidnaped by some Missourians & other mob men from Illinois & taken to Missouri and put in prision. One of the kidnapers a schoolmaster was taken with a warrent & brought to Nauvoo & had his trial this day before squair Johnson. His name was Elliot. He was bound over to county court under $3,000 dollar bonds.
He was then taken with another warrent for threatning President Smith life which charge was also proven against him but President Smith forgive him, & he was finally discharged on that case. President Smith made an eloquent speech upon the subject. Manifested mercy towards his enemies when they were in his power. But he lifted up his hands towards heaven & declaired that if Missouri came against us any more he would fight them & defend his rights. (5)
-- Dec 18, 1843 (Monday)
John Ellioth, a schoolmaster, was arrested and brought to Nauvoo, where he was tried and found guilty of having kidnapped Daniel Avery and son. (8)
-- Dec 18, 1843
[Joseph Smith] A constable, King Follett, returns to Nauvoo, having gone with ten men to arrest John Elliott, a schoolmaster, on the charge of kidnapping Avery and his son. Elliott is put under a $3,000 bond. Joseph, however, pleads in Elliott's behalf for a reduction in the amount of bail. In spite of Joseph's emotional and eloquent speech, Elliott threatens Joseph's life, and Joseph charges Elliott with making threats. At this time, rumors of a warlike force gathering in Warsaw hit Nauvoo, and Joseph orders out a 100-man detachment of the Nauvoo Legion for military purposes. (9)
1 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries
3 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com)
4 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45, http://amzn.to/origins-power
5 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
6 - 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, http://amzn.to/RevelationsofJosephSmith
7 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://amzn.to/william-clayton
8 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
9 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
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