Mormon History, Mar 13, 1844

-- Mar 13, 1844
[Joseph Smith] The Council of Fifty appoints Amos Fielding as theocratic ambassador to England. Ambassadorial appointments to the Republic of Texas, the United States, France, and Russia soon follow. (1)

Orson Hyde: Member of Council of Fifty 13 March 1844. (2)

-- Mar 13, 1844, Wednesday
[William Clayton Writings] Wednesday March 13. ... At 11 the Council was called together, ... P.M. in council again, also in the evening O. Hyde, W. Woodruff, and James Emmett were admitted members. The Pres. appointed W. Richards Recorder, and me the Clerk of the Kingdom. (3)

-- Mar 14, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 14 I was with the brethren today making some arangements Concerning our mission. (4)

-- between 14 March and Apr 11, 1844
[Council of Fifty Members] Lyman, Amasa M. (1813-1877). Admitted between 14 March and 11 April 1844. Possibly dropped after 25 January 1867; otherwise technically remained a member until death. (5)

[Council of Fifty Members] Rich, Charles C. (1809-1883). Admitted between 14 March and 11 April 1844. Released due to old age 24 June 1882. (5)

[Council of Fifty Members] Thayer, Ezra (1790). Admitted between 14 March and 11 April 1844. Dropped sometime after 22 April 1845. (5)

-- Mar 14, 1844
Lucian Woodworth, a gentile member of the Council of Fifty and Nauvoo House architect, is dispatched to Austin, Texas to begin negotiations with the Texas government over a place for Mormons to relocate. (6)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Thursday, March 14th In council over the store from nine [A.M.] to one A.M. [P.M.]

2 to four P.M. went to see Bro[ther] [John] Wilkie. He had sent to me to come and see him. He wanted to know what he should do. I told him of the order of 1/10 [tithing] &c. Wanted I should come again.

4 to 7 P.M. in council. Adjourned till Tuesday 19th 9 A.M. Lucien Woodworth sent out on a mission [to Texas to negotiate a treaty in behalf of the Council of Fifty]. (7)

-- Mar 14, 1844, Thursday
[William Clayton Writings] Thursday March 14. In Council all day again (3)

-- Mar 15, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Prayer circle meeting in the upper room of Joseph Smith's store . (8)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 15 I was to work in my garding & met with some of the brethren in the evening at the store + for prayer exhortation &c.

/16 The female Relief Society met at the Assembly room./ (4)

[Brigham Young] --15-- With the Twelve prepared the appointments for the conference throughout the states for publication. (9)

Hyrum Smith, in TIMES AND SEASONS, publicly rebukes the Saints in China Creek, Hancock County: "some of your elders say, that a man having a certain priesthood, may have as many wives as he pleases, and that doctrine is taught here: I say unto you that that man teaches false doctrine, for there is no such doctrine taught here; neither is there any such thing practiced here. And any man that is found teaching privately or publicly any such doctrine, is culpable, and will stand a chance to be brought before the High Council, and lose his license and membership also: therefore he had better beware what he is about." (10)

Joseph Smith denounces polygamy. (11)

Joseph H. Jackson, R. D. Foster, William and Wilson Law, and Chauncy Higbee hold secret meetings opposing Joseph Smith. (12)

The endowed quorum meets for prayer. (12)

1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47,
2 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985,
3 - 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.
4 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
5 - Quinn, D. Michael, Council of Fifty Members, 1844-1945, BYU Studies 20, #2 (1980)
6 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on
7 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1844,
8 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45,
9 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
10 - On This Day in Mormon History,
11 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
12 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (

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