Mormon History, Nov 27, 1843

-- Nov 27, 1843
[Brigham Young] --27-- I attended prayer meeting in the evening at President Joseph Smith's. Bishop N. [Newel] K. Whitney and wife were anointed. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, November 27th 1843 At home quite unwell. [several lines left blank] Wet. (2)

-- Nov 28, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 28th 29 & 30 Spent the Time about the city in various kinds of business. (3)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith and the brethren prepared a memorial for the United States Congress that included an account of their history and grievances with the state of Missouri. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, November 28th At home. Mr. Frierson wrote a memorial to Congress. [several lines left blank] Cooler. (2)

-- Nov 28, 1843. Tuesday.
[William Clayton Journal] ...Evening at home. My feelings have been harrowed up while reflecting on the disappointment A[aron] must have felt when he returned home and found he had lost M[argaret]. I would gladly recompense him if it were in my power. I pray that the Lord may bless him and give him a companion worthy of him. (5)

-- Nov 29, 1843
[Brigham Young] --29-- Four p.m., I was appointed chairman at a meeting of the citizens in the Assembly Room, for the purpose of petitioning congress for redress of grievances. I selected committees to get the names of memorialists in Nauvoo, La Harpe, Ramus and other places. President Joseph Smith made a few remarks, and Brother Phelps read General Joseph Smith's appeal to the Green Mountain Boys. (1)

-- Nov 29, 1843 (Sunday)
Philander Avery was kidnapped from the neighborhood of Warsaw and carried forcibly across the Mississippi river to Missouri. (6)

-- Nov 29, 1843
Joseph Smith reads a letter to be sent to the Green Mountain Boys, with an appeal and detailing part of the Mormon's history. Parley P. Pratt apologizes for not killing all or being killed in the Missouri battle. Joseph Smith apologizes for preventing the brethren from fighting and would not do so again; says "...when the mobs come upon you, kill them." Brigham Young apologized for restraining Hosea Stout. (7)

A meeting is held over Joseph Smith's store to discuss the petitions to be given to Frierson and to discuss the grievances concerning Missouri in general. Joseph has prepared an appeal to his home state of Vermont, a pamphlet titled "An Appeal to the Freemen of the State of Vermont, the 'Brave Green Mountain Boys,' and Honest Men," in which Joseph remembers his birth in Vermont, relates the persecutions in Missouri, remarks on the lack of protection from the government, relates his imprisonment in Missouri, "where they tried to feed us with human flesh," and ends with an appeal for understanding from the "Green Mountain Boys" of his native state. (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 6:88-93; unabridged version in Jerry Burnett and Charles Pope, Nauvoo Classics 15-20.) The other brethren then become overly enthusiastic about the past wrongs they have suffered. Parley P. Pratt confesses that "he was wrong in one thing in Missouri; that is, he
left alive, and left them alive; and asked forgiveness, and promised never to do so again." Brigham Young, JohnTaylor, Joseph Smith, and others each ask forgiveness for having been so merciful and restrained in Missouri. Joseph moves that every man write a similar pamphlet to his home state. (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 6:88-97.) (8)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Wednesday, November 29th 1843 At home. Mr. Frierson le[f]t for home taking a copy of the Memorial to get signers in Quincy.

/(The opinion of J[osiah] Lamborn[, attorney general of the state of Illinois,] and J. N. McDougall [writing to the state auditor at the request of the] attorney gener[a]l [regarding compensation for the Nauvoo Legion, was read while Joseph Smith's appeal for aid to the Green Mountain Boys] of V[ermon]t [was being prepared for publication. Lamborn's and McDougall's opinions] arrived in [Illinois state auditor] Ewing's Letter [of] No[vember] 30th)

/4 P.M. A Meeting of citizens at the assembly room to appoint committee to get subscribers to the memorial [to Congress] &c. Joseph present. [several lines left blank] Clear and cold. {page lal} (2)

-- 29Nov43
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Appeal to Vermont Militia

Joseph Tried to Restrain Violence in Missouri

Memorial to Congress - States Rights Evil (9)

-- Nov 29, 1843 (Wednesday Afternoon)
[Joseph Smith Sermon] (Location: Upper Room, Red Brick Store, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA

Source: Manuscript History of the Church -Words of Joseph Smith, 258-59) Joseph Smith, the Mayor, made some remarks, and his Appeal to the Green Mount Boys was read by William W. Phelps.

. . . P. P. Pratt offered to deliver the president's appeal to the "Green Mountain Boys" to all the large towns in New York if he could have a copy. The President offered a copy, and it was voted that Elder Pratt shall have the mission granted him, and voted in addition that he go to all the towns in Vermont. . . .

The Mayor spoke; said he rose to make a confession, that he used all his influence to prevent the brethren from fighting when mobbed in Missouri. If I did wrong I will not do so any more. It was a suggestion of the head, he would never do so again, but when the Mobs came upon you, kill them; I never will restrain you again but will go and help you. . . .

Mayor spoke again if I do not stand with those who will stand by me in the hour of trouble and danger, without faltering I give you leave to shoot me.

Mayor read a letter in reply to one he wrote to Henry Clay . . . .

Motioned by Joseph Smith that every man in the meeting who could wield a pen write an address to his mother country--carried

Mayor read the Memorial to Congress--The State rights doctrine are what feed mobs,--they are a dead carcass, a stink and they shall ascend up as a stink offering in the nose of the Almighty.

They shall be oppressed as they have oppressed us, not by Mormons but by others in power, they shall drink a drink offering, the bitterest dregs not from the Mormons but from a meaner source than themselves. God shall curse them.

Adjourned till next Monday evening early candle light. (10)

1 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
2 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith,
5 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995,
6 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
7 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
8 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
9 - The Parallel Joseph,
10 - The Woodland Institute,

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