Mormon History, Nov 25, 1843

-- Nov 25, 1843
[Brigham Young] --25-- Attended council with Joseph, the Twelve Apostles and the high council. We wrote a letter to John E. Page, directing him to go to Washington.

--26 (Sunday)-- Met in council with Joseph, Hyrum, the Twelve and Colonel Frierson, in relation to getting up a memorial to congress for redress of grievances. The testimony before the municipal court of July last was read. (1)

-- Nov. 25th 1843
[High Council Minutes]

Council met according to adjt in the upper room of J. Smith's Store.

Prayer by Br Huntington. W. Marks & C.C. Rich Presiding. Council all present.

Francis Fox against Thomas Richardson.


"To William Marks President of the High Council, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

I, Francis Fox, do prefer a charge against Elder Thomas Richardson, to wit:

1st For demanding my licence unlawfully.

2nd For also demanding and taking the licence of other Brethren in a clandestine manner &c &c in Chicago Cook County Ill. in the month of February 1842.

City of Nauvoo Nov 15th 1843

Francis Fox, Elder.

One were appointed to speak on a side Viz 5) Fulmer and 6) Harris. The matter of difficulty appeared to be in relation to the manner of organizing a branch of the Church in Chicago, and some ordinations which took place. Decided by the President that the ordinations were legal and that Elder Richardson had no right to demand their licence which was unanimously sanctioned by the Council.

The case of Elisha Hoops was next brought up on the complaint by letter from Pike Co. Ill. for getting drunk and using bad language which thing he confessed, and asked forgiveness but thought that he did not use bad language. President Marks give him some instructions which he accepted. he was continued in the Church.

Joseph Smith against Harrison Sagars.

"Nauvoo City November 21st 1843.

Brother Marks

Dear Sir I hereby prefer the following charges against Elder Harrison Sagars, namely:

1st For trying to seduce a young girl, living at his house by the name of Phebe Madison.

2nd For using my name in a blasphemous manner, by saying that I tolerated such things in which thing he is guilty of lying &c. &c.

Joseph Smith"

The defendant plead not guilty. One were appointed to speak on a side, Viz: 7) Grover and 8) Johnson.

The charge was not sustained, but it appeared that he had taught false doctrine which was corrected by President Joseph Smith, and the doctrine which was corrected by President Joseph Smith, and the defendant was continued in the church. Council adjd till Saturday the 9th of Dec. next at 2 O'clock P.M.

Hosea Stout Clerk (2)

-- Nov 25, 1843
In a Church court, a man is accused of seduction, which he claims he learned from Joseph Smith. The charge is not sustained. Joseph speaks to this charge, "exhorting them to practice virtue and holiness before the Lord; told them that the Church had not received any permission from me to commit fornication, adultery, or any corrupt action; but my every word and action has been to the contrary. If a man commit adultery, he cannot receive the celestial kingdom of God. Even if he is saved in any kingdom, it cannot be the celestial kingdom. . . . I condemned such action in toto, and warned the people present against committing such evils." (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 6:81.) (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, November 25th 1843 [several lines left blank] Mr. Frierson, United States Surveyor from Quincy arrived in Nauvoo. Evening the High Council set on the case of Harrison Sager for seduction. No action, but the President was present and the 12 [Apostles]. After this council, the President and 12 [Apostles] held a consultation and agreed to meet Mr. Frierson at the Nauvoo Mansion next morning. (4)

-- Nov 26, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 26th Sunday After setting my affairs in order I went to President Joseph Smith house & found Presidents Joseph Smith & Hiram Smith, with the quorum of the Twelve in council with General Fryason before whome was read the affadvits of Hiram Smith, B Young, P. P. Pratt Lyman Wight George W. Pitkin & Sidney Rigdon & spent the day in conversing about these things. (5)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph, Hyrum, and the Twelve, among others, meet with Col. Frierson concerning sending a petition to Congress for the redress of grievances and losses in Missouri. Frierson is a representative of John C. Calhoun, who is suddenly interested in helping the Mormons now that he (Calhoun) is running for U. S. President. (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, November 26th Joseph, the Twelve [Apostles], Hyrum, [and] Phelps sat in council with Mr. Frierson at the Mansion concerning pet[it]ioning Congress for redress of [our] grievances.

At 11 A.M. O[rson] Pratt preached in the assembly room and in the eve Parley P. P[ratt] lectured at the Mansion. [several lines left blank] Rainy [and] Muddy. (4)

-- Nov 27, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 27th I visited various parts of the town. It was a cold day. I visited Br Hammer who has just got up the comb busines. I saw some specemins of his work which was good.

+ I sold Wm. Parsons one half of the lot I bought of him east of the Temple for $45 dollars. He has the stable & I the part containing the house. (5)

1 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
2 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois,
3 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
4 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
5 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,

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