Mormon History, Jan 15, 1844

-- Jan 15, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 15th + * The Citizens of Nauvoo made a bee for Choping wood for President Joseph Smith on his land north of the city. I went up with them & found about two hundred axman on the ground & from thirty to forty teams. About 100 loads of wood was drawn to the house of the Presidents & as many more left on the ground to be drawn another day. I swung an ax during the day & was lame during the day night. (1)

[Brigham Young] --15-- The Twelve having invited the brethren to cut and haul wood for President Joseph Smith, the citizens to the number of 200, with 40 teams, turned out and cut 200 loads and drew 100 to his house. I wrote a short epistle to President Morley and the Saints in Morley Settlement. (2)

At the instigation of the Twelve apostles 200 Mormons turn out and cut 200 loads of wood 100 of which are given to Joseph Smith. (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, January 15th 1844 At home. Wrote Sister Martha L. Campbell, Almira, N[ew] Y[ork]. At 9 [A.M.] teams began to draw wood according to the appointment of the Twelve [Apostles]. At 10 Dr. Richards called and told me it was reported that Francis Higby was going to put me under $10,000 bond for speaking against him. At the same time Constable Eldridge summoned me to attend a court as witness before Esqu[i]r[e] Johnson and I went over accordingly to give my testimony. [several lines left blank]

I[n] the course of the day gave instructions to the Clerk of Municipal Court to Issue a Warrant for the arrest of Francis M. Higby on affidavit of Orson Pratt. [several lines left blank]

100 or 200 chopped in the woods. [several lines left blank] East wind in A.M. some rain. Wind N.W. in the P.M. very brisk. (4)

-- Jan 15, 1844, Monday
[William Clayton Writings] Monday 15th. At Prest Js all day. P.M settled with the Lawrence Estate (5)

-- Jan 16, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 16 17 18 & 19th I spent the time about home settleing my accounts &c. I ascertained during this time that Elder John Taylor bought the Printing office of President Smith & wished to come in & take possession of it. So I must now settle all my accounts & return back to my own habitation. (1)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 16th I had a pig in the sullar & I believe the devil got into him. He leaped out of the pen destroyed one Jar of Butter one Jar of lard scattered ashes all over the sullar & kapered about over the Corn. I gave him a dismissal from the sullar and never saw him afterwards. (1)

An "Ordinance concerning the sale of Spirituous Liquors" is passed by the Nauvoo City Council. It states: "Be it ordained by the City Council of the city of Nauvoo. that the Mayor of this city is hereby authorized to sell said liquors in such quantities as he may deem expedient." The ordinance is signed by "Joseph Smith, Mayor." (3)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith attended a city council meeting and forgave Francis M. Higbee for writing a slanderous letter on January 10. (6)

[Joseph Smith] Francis M. Higbee is tried before the municipal court for "slanderous and abusive language." During the trial Higbee and Joseph are reconciled, and Higbee states that the difficulties between him and Joseph are buried and that they are friends forever. An "Ordinance concerning the Sale of Spirituous Liquors" is also passed by the city council. (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 6:178-79.) (7)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, January 16th 1844 10 A.M. F[rancis] M. Higby was brought up on complaint of O[rson] Pratt before Municipal Court for absenting himself from City Council without leave—when [he should have been] in attendance as a witness—and for slanderous and abusive language towards one of the members of the Council. Court adjourned and City Council commenced their session and continued till two o'clock.

During which time a reconciliation took place with Francis M. Higby who had written a slanderous letter concerning me and said many hard things which he acknowledged and I forgave him. I went before the Council and stated that all difficulties between me and Francis M. Higby are eternally buried and I am to be his friend forever. To which F. M. Higby replied I will be his friend forever and his right hand man.

Wrote James H. Lyman (in reply) Lenox, Ashtebulow, Ohio. At home, interviewed with Bro[ther] Phelps. [several lines left blank] Cold and windy. (4)

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 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on
4 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
5 - 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.
6 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith,
7 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology

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