Mormon History, Dec 8, 1843

-- Dec 8, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 8th The City Counsel was called & passed an ordinance the purpose of which was that any person henceforth that should come with a writ to take Joseph Smith on the old Missouri difficulty should be imprisioned in the City Joal for life unless pardoned by the Governor with the consent of the Mayor. We published it on an extra sheet of the Neighbor & sent that abroad also. Sister Cornelia Divine commenced labour with us this day. (1)

[Brigham Young] --8-- I attended city council, which passed "An extra ordinance for the extra case of Joseph Smith and others." (2)

John C Bennett: Visited Joseph Smith Jr. at Nauvoo 8 Dec. 1843, paid 39 weeks of rent (3)

The Nauvoo City council passes a law stating that any officer bringing a writ against Joseph Smith based on a Missouri charge will be subject to life imprisonment, "which convict or convicts can only be pardoned by the Governor, with the consent of the Mayor of said city." (Joseph Smith himself is, of course, the mayor.) The Nauvoo Legion is also ordered to be ready to protect the rights of Nauvoo citizens. Affidavits are drawn up in protest of the recent kidnappings (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 6:103-7.) (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Friday, December 8th 1843 At home. 11 A.M. in office giving instruction concerning dam across the Mississippi and other ordinance[s] and calling city council at four to be prepared for any invasion from Missouri.

Willard Richards and Philip B. Lewis made affidavit concerning Kidnapping by M[iss]o[urians]. Marshall was notified to see that ordinance were obeyed. Marshall made requisition on the Mayor for a portion of the Nauvoo Legion. Orders of L[i]eut[enant] Gen[eral] to Major General.

4 P.M. in city council. Passed an "extra Ordinance" and for Dam across Miss[issippi River]" and proposed to petition Congress to take the city under their protection. Receive the Legion as U[nited] S[tates] Troops assist in fortifications &c. Com[munication] approved. (5)

Nauvoo, Illinois. At a city council meeting, Joseph Smith suggested petitioning Congress to have Nauvoo placed under the protection of the United States government. (6)

-- Dec 8, 1843, Friday
[William Clayton Writings] Friday 8th. At the Temple Office & J's P.M. with J. [E] - Evening attended Lodge (7)

-- Dec 9, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] "Prayer Meeting over the store," where William W. Phelps, Levi Richards, Cornelius P. Lott, and Joseph Fielding received anointing and endowment . (8)

-- Dec. 9th 1843
[High Council Minutes]

Council met according to adjournment at the house of President Marks. Pres[id]ents William Marks and Charles C Rich Presiding

1) Bent 2) Allred 3) Wilson 4) Jacob Syffertt pro tem. 5) Fulmer 6) Harris 7) Abram O. Smoot pro tem. 8) Johnson 9) Knight 10) Hugh Herrenshaw pro tem. 11) Soby 12) Joseph M. Cole pro tem.

Albert Gregory against Charles Wandall.

1st Unchristian-like conduct towards certain colored brethren, by leaving them at Cleaveland in Ohio, after having engaged to conduct them to Nauvoo.

2nd A violation of his word in not using his endeavors to deliver their effects at Nauvoo according to promise

Two were appointed to speak on the case, to wit: (9 Knight and 10) Herrenshaw. The charges were not sustained.

Decided that he be honorably acquited. Adjourned till Saturday the 16th at 2 O'clock P.M.

Joseph M. Cole Clerk pro tem. (9)

-- Dec 9, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, December 9th 1843 At home. [several lines left blank] Prayer Meeting over the store. W[illia]m W. Phelps, L[evi] Richards, Lot [Smith], and Joseph Fielding [anointed]. (5)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to William Clayton. (6)

[Joseph Smith Sermon] Their was a meeting of the Citizens in general & the ordinance passed yesterday was read before the multitude & speaches made by several persons the last of which was President Joseph Smith who gave an interesting address to the assembly spoke of our persecution, the manner that our rights & liberties had been trampled upon & that it was time it was stopped, they all sanctioned the speach of the general & were dismissed in good order & returnd to their homes.

Nauvoo Neighbor 1 (20 December 1843) [After remarks by John Taylor] General Joseph Smith briefly addressed the meeting; he dissented entirely from the opinion of the Attorney General , and observed that it was stated in the charter that the Legion was a part of the militia of Illinois, and that his commission declared that he (General Smith) was the Lieutenant General of the Nauvoo Legion, and if the militia of the State of Illinois, and as such, it was not only his duty to enforce the city ordinances, but the laws of the State when called on by the Governor. He also stated that he had been informed that the Chief Magistrate of Missouri had it in contemplation to make another requisition on the Governor of Illinois for him, Joseph Smith.

[Wilford Woodruff Diary] (10)

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 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47,
4 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
5 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
6 - Joseph Smith Resource Center: Daily Events in the Life of Joseph Smith,
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 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45,
9 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois,
10 - The Words of Joseph Smith by Joseph Smith by Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook

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