Mormon History, Dec 5, 1843

-- Dec 5, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 5th I was still quite unwell with a bile on the cords of my neck. I had taken Cold in it. (1)

[Brigham Young] --5-- Attended council with Joseph and the Twelve. (2)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, December 5th Mrs. Avery arrived from Bear Creek Precinct and made report her husband and son had been kidnapped by the Missourians. [several lines left blank]

At 6 eve met the 12 [Apostles], W[illiam] Phelps, [William] Clayton, and [Theodore] Turley in council in the office on important business. Advised the 12 [Apostles] to raise money to send Elder Hyde east to get paper to print Doctrine and Covenants [and to] Get new type and metal for stereotyping. (3)

-- Dec 5, 1843, Tuesday
[William Clayton Writings] ... Evening Prest J sent for me He returned my letter & said I had no need to be troubled, the only reason why I was not admitted into the quorum was because there is not convenience, and none were admitted only for a particular purpose by Revelation. He said he had asked Cahoon about me a few days ago & Cahoon said I was true blue. We walked together to Turleys and after met the twelve in council on the subject of { [{=Emma] on an extensive scale. The Twelve agreed to take hold and assist in earnest-- I called at Lodge. (4)

-- Dec 6, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 6th Our case with Madison came on to day. Elias Smith attended to it for us. Confessed Judgment which let the debt run 70 days. It was merely $46 dollars. I began to get a little better in health. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Wednesday, December 6th 1836 [ ! 843] At home. P.M. Dellmore Chapman made affidavit that Philonder Avery was decoyed from Bear Creek on 19 November /by one Richardson and/by the Missourians. Run over the Missouri River and lodged in Monticello gail [jail] and his father Daniel Avery was taken by some of the same and some 30 citizens on the 2d Dec[ember] for the same purpose and served the same way. Affidavit to be sent the Gov[ernor]. [several lines left blank]

Esq[ui]r[e] Goodwin and others /not of the church/ petitioned the Gov[ernor] not to help Missouri persecute the Saints. (3)

-- Dec 6, 1843, Wednesday
[William Clayton Writings] Wednesday 6th. A.M. at Prest. J's. went to see the Q for { [{=Emma] and was well pleased with it. (4)

-- Dec 7, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 7th Their is no little stir made in the world in consequence of the progress of the Latter Day Saints. A messenger has Just arived from St Louis informing us that the Governor of Mo. has isued another writ for President Joseph Smith & is about to make an appeal or demand of the Governor of Illinois.

President Joseph Smith has made an affecting appeal to the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont for assistance in obtaining redress of his wrongs in the persecutions of Missouri. We published it in Pamphlet form & sent it to the various authorities of the United States. (1)

[Joseph Smith] The citizens of Nauvoo meet to draw up petitions against the Missouri kidnappings of the two Avery men and others. (5)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Thursday, December 7th 1843 At home. 11 A.M. the citizens of Nauvoo assembled on the east side of this Temple. Organized, A[lpheus]. Cutler Chair/m[an]/, W[illard] Richards Sec[retary] and adopted resolution through their committee [comprised of] W[illiam] W. Phelps. Reynolds Cahoon and Hosea Stout, signed by Chair and Sec[retary] to be sent the Gov[ernor] to [be] sent by Woodworth. At 12 [P.M.] with petition from Goodwin and others and Dillman Chapman affidavit, all on file.

The German Brethren met at assembly room at 6 P.M. and chose Bishop Garn P. Elder to have preaching in their own language.

Joseph at home. 8 eve Having visited Bro[ther] Turley and found him destitute of food. Clear and cold. 10[:]00 (3)

-- Dec 7, 1843. Thursday.
[William Clayton Journal] A.M. at President Joseph's went to see. After at the meeting at the Temple which was got up to petition the Gov[ernor] not to issue a writ to satisfy the demand lately made in M[iss]o[uri]. P.M. at the Temple office making 2 Deeds. After [] Evening Lodge. (6)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
2 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
3 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
4 - 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.
5 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
6 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995,

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