Mormon History, Nov 17, 1843

-- Nov 17, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Friday, November 17th At home. Deeded W[illiam] W. Phellps' wife a lot. About 10 called at the office, with Esq[ui]r[e] Southwick. Went into my scribe's room, Dr. Richards, to refresh ourselves an hour and conversed freely. [several lines left blank] Thunder, lightning, and rain last night. Morning warm and foggy. Day clear and warm. (1)

-- Nov. 18th, 1843
[High Council Minutes]

[Original minutes dated November 17, 1843, reveal many details deleted] Council met according to adjt at Joseph Smith's Store up stairs. Prayer by Grover.

Marks and Rich Presiding. Present 1) Samuel Williams pro. tem. 2) James Allred 3) Daniel Carns pro. tem. 4) Cutler 5) Fulmer 6) Harris 7) Grover 8) Johnson 9) Knight 10) Huntington 11) Soby 12) Sherwood.

Mahala Overton against James Carroll.


For neglecting or refusing to do [a] certain portion of work on a house for her, for which she has paid you for some three years ago.

Two were appointed to apeak on the case Viz 11) Soby 12) Sherwood (2)

-- Nov 18, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, November 18th Rode out on the Prairie with Southwick on horseback. (1)

-- Nov 19, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday prayer circle and "fasting" meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Joseph Smith's old house, and again for "breaking bread" in the evening; no ordinances (no entry in Document rifled "Meetings of anointed Quorum - Journalizings," for 26 May 1843 to 28 Feb. 1844, retitled "Journal kept for Joseph Smith the Prophet," Smith papers, microfilm, Lee Library, RLDS archives, and Marriott Library.). (3)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 19th Sunday I have been quite unwell for several days. I have worked to hard for several days. I spent this day in writing my Journal. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, November 19th 1843 At home. [several lines left blank] 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. Prayer and fasting at the old house. Prayer meeting in the eve breaking bread &c. (1)

The endowed quorum meets for prayer. (5)

-- Nov 20, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 20th Still felt quite unwell but went to the house & assisted in getting the Joice on the second story of the house. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, 20th November [several lines left blank] Monday evening 2 gentlemen from Vermont put up at the Mansion and in the evening several of the Twelve [Apostles] and others and my family sung hymns. Elder John Taylor prayed and gave an address. (1)

-- Nov 21, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 21st I still felt feble. The masons Commenced laying Brick on the second story. I was at the house some part of the day. (4)

[Brigham Young] --21-- Met in council with the Twelve. (6)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, November 21st 1843 10 A.M. council of some of the Twelve [Apostles] and W[illiam] W. Phelps at the old house. Gave W[iliam] W. Phelps instructions to write an appeal to the citizens of Vermont and Richards, Phelps, Taylor, and Hyde instructions to write a proclamation to the Kings /&c./ of the Earth. [several lines left blank]

Council in the eve in the old house [with] Richards, Turley, and others. [several lines left blank] The Ohio River will be froze up in a few days (prophecy). (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] November 21st Edward Lawrence and Marg[are]t Butterfield by W[illiam] Clayton {Listed Marriage} (7)

-- Nov 21, 1843, Tuesday
[William Clayton Writings] Tuesday 21 A.M. at the Temple Office P.M. went to J's to ask him to come to my house & marry Margt. Butterfield to her first husband. He could not come but sent Hyrum. I learned from H. that E. had power to prevent my being admitted to J's Lodge for the present for which I feel somewhat sorry but yet believe that innocence will finally triumph I stood as proxy for Edwd. Lawrence. ... Evening I attended the [Masonic] Lodge [Several entries showed he was attending the Masonic Lodge recently rejuvenated] (8)

1 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
2 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois,
3 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45,
4 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
5 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
6 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
7 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843,
8 - 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.

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