Mormon History, Dec 2, 1843, Saturday

-- Dec 2, 1843, Saturday
[William Clayton Writings] By the end of the year, however, Cahoon was angry again and even attempted, Clayton believed, to turn the stonecutters against him. Such tension among brothers dismayed Clayton deeply, though he probably saw it also as another test of his discipleship. (1)

-- Dec 3, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday prayer circle meeting at noon in the upper "assembly room" of Joseph Smith's store where "all [were] present except Hyrum & his wife," and Emma Smith attended even though she "had been unwell during the night." Instead of ordinances, this was a political meeting: "The fore part of the day was taken up on the Appeal to the Green Mountain Boys. It was read by W. W. Phelps & [was] consecrated & dedicated unto God by the quorum." . (2)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Dec 3d Sunday I met with the quorum & herd an address deliverd by President Joseph Smith. The fore part of the day was taken up on the appeal to the green mountain boys. It was read by W. W. Phelps & [was] consecrated & dedicated unto God by the quorum. The latter part of the day was taken up by instructions from President Smith & remarks from others. President Hiram Smith injured his leg by a fall. I was quite unwell. We were both prayed for. I received a blessing. (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, December 3d 1843 I arrived at the assembly room about 12 noon. Found all present, except Hyrum and his wife. He had slipped and turned his knee joint in backwards and sprained his large muscle, and I had been ministering to him, and Emma had been unwell during the night. Meeting organized. W[illiam] W. Phelps read Appeal to "Green Mountain Boys" which was dedicated by prayer after all had spoken upon it and prayed for Nathan Pratt, who was very sick. Hyrum and others [prayed for] (4)

Nauvoo, Illinois. In the assembly room above the Red Brick Store, Joseph Smith and the others present prayed for his brother Hyrum Smith, who had injured his leg. (5)

Anointed Quorum's men and women approve Joseph Smith's political Appeal to the Green Mountain Boys. (6)

The endowed quorum meets for prayer. (7)

-- Dec 3, 1843, Sunday
[William Clayton Writings] Sunday 3rd. ... J. was reading my letter. (1)

-- Dec 4, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 4th I was quite unwell. Our suit with Madison was put off two days. I was Confined to the house most of the day. (3)

[Brigham Young] --4-- Attended the adjourned meeting in the Assembly Room, which was crowded. President [Joseph] Smith delivered a lengthy and interesting address. (8)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, December 4th [several lines left blank] 6 eve Attend[ed] the adjourned meeting of citizens in Assembly room. Phelps read appeal to "Green Mountain Boys". P[arley] P. Pratt his appeal to N[ew] York and W[illard] Richards the memorial to Congress. When I spoke 2 1/2 hours on Missouri persecution, the Government in gen[eral], men and measures &c. to a crowded and select congregation. Many could not get admission. Two Missourians [were] present. (4)

[Joseph Smith Sermon] I spoke 2 1/2 hours on Missouri persecution. the government in gen. men & measures &c. to a crowded & select congregation Many could not get admission 2 Missourians present.

Nauvoo Neighbor 1 (6 December 1843)

A public meeting was called on Monday evening for the purpose of reading a memorial to congress, for the purpose of seeking redress for grievances sustained in the State of MissouriÃÂ.

At an early hour the house was crowded to overflowing, and great numbers had to go away for want of room.

As soon as the meeting was opened, they called for the reading of General Smith's "Appeal to the Green Mountain Boys;" which was read by W. W. Phelps after which P. P. Pratt read an address to the "Empire State" of New York, and Dr. Richards was called upon to read the memorial before alluded to.

General Smith then arose, and in his happy eloquent, masterly manner, delivered one of the most powerful interesting addresses that we ever heard; he spoke for two hours and a half and was listened to with breathless silence by all present. To attempt to give even a faint outline would be superflous, suffice it to say that all were gratified, instructed and riveted to the spot. Two gentlemen from Missouri were present on the occasion and we think that if they possessed the least spark of intelligence, the vivid, glowing color, in which the inhuman deeds of Missouri, was painted, must have made them feel that they were living on a polluted soil, and associated with a degraded bloody herd.

His address to the Green Mountain Boys is a masterly piece, and will be read (as it was listened to) with great interest; we shall probably publish it hereafter. [Joseph Smith Diary, by Willard Richards] (9)

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 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45,
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
4 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
5 - Joseph Smith Resource Center: Daily Events in the Life of Joseph Smith,
6 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47,
7 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
8 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
9 - The Words of Joseph Smith by Joseph Smith by Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook

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