Mormon History, Mar 27, 1844

-- Mar 27, 1844
Several affidavits are filed that testify that secret meetings were held about March 15 for the purpose of formulating an opposition to Joseph Smith. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Wednesday, March 27th 1844 This morning started to go to Ramus in co[mpany] with Bro[ther] Amasa Lyman but found it so muddy [we] turned back. [We] rode up as far as the Temple.

Issued warrant for Ianthus Rolf for stealing 2 stone cutter's tools on complaint [of] Vernon H. Bruce. This evening Dr. Reynolds of Iowa City lectured on Astronomy in my study. (2)

-- Mar 28, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 28th I spent part of the day at the Printing Office. We counted out all the Times & Season & the List on the following Page is an account of the IVth vol of the Times & Seasons which I have on hand for binding.

The following list of 4th vol Times & Seasons is on hand: ... (3)

[Brigham Young] --28-- Attended a meeting at the stand in the forenoon, President Hyrum Smith preached, I followed him; afternoon I met with the Twelve and seventies in their hall; evening, attended prayer meeting. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Thursday, March 28th 1844 Transferred Rolls trial to Aaron Johnson Justice [of the] Peace. This afternoon had my study plastered where the same had been knocked of[f] &c. (2)

-- Mar 29, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 29th A sever Cold. Hail, rain & freezing day. Ground froze hard. (3)

[Brigham Young] --29-- Attended special session of the city council. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Friday, March 29th 1844 At home. This P.M. Mr. and Miss Cole had a public exhibition of their school in my reading room, which closed their 2d quarter. (2)

William Law records that a few days previous Hyrum Smith approached him seeking peace. (5)

-- Mar 29, 1844, Friday
[William Clayton Writings] Friday 29th ... night clothed & offered up prayer for W. Heber /his child was sick with the measles like the rest of them only worse (6)

-- Mar 30, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 30 A little more mild. (3)

[Brigham Young] --30-- I met with the Prophet and Hyrum Clark at my house, pertaining to the business affairs of the Church in England. (4)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith investigated a robbery of the Keystone Store. (7)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith prepared a written message for United States president John Tyler, requesting permission to enlist 100,000 men to help protect Americans seeking to settle in Oregon and other areas within United States territory, and to help provide security for the independent republic of Texas. (8)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, March 30th 1844 This morning I heard there was some disturbance on the hill. Rode up and found it reported a robbery had been committed at the Key Stone Store. Mr Rollosson [had been robbed] of some $14100] or [$] 1,500 and some goods and they were suspicious of a certain black man. I issued a general search warrant and returned to my office where I found the black man Chism [was in distress] with his back lacerated from his shoulders to his hips with 20 or more lashes. My clerk, Dr. Richards, kept him secreted and called Aaron Johnson a justice who issued his warrant for [blank] a Missourian who had boardered at my house a few days and on testimony fined him five dollars and cost for whipping Chism. One Easton a witness said he could not testify without implicating himself and he was apprehended and held in custody. Marr Esq[ui]r[e] refused to testify because he was counsel. (2)

-- March 30th 1844
[High Council Minutes]

High Council met according to adjt at the residence of Presidence of President Marks. No buisness. Adjd till saturday the 20th day of April next.

Hosea Stout Clerk. (9)

1 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
2 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1844,
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
4 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
5 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
6 - 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.
7 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith,
8 - Joseph Smith Resource Center: Daily Events in the Life of Joseph Smith,
9 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois,

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