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to observe charity wisdom, & fellow feeling with Love, one towards another in all things & under all circumstances.32

JS explicitly directed his comments toward the Twelve, encouraging them to cooperate and support each other while on their mission in Europe. Heber C. Kimball later reported that around this time JS also spoke of “unfolding keys of knowledge to detect Satan, and preserve us in the favor of God.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839; Richards, “Pocket Companion,” 11; Kimball, “History,” 106.)  


3 July 1839 • Wednesday

Wednesday July 3rd, Baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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Dr Isaac Galland

15 May 1791–27 Sept. 1858. Merchant, postmaster, land speculator, doctor. Born at Somerset Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Matthew Galland and Hannah Fenno. Married first Nancy Harris, 22 Mar. 1811, in Madison Co., Ohio. Married second Margaret Knight, by 1816....

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& confirmed

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were administered at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March...

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him by the water edge— about two hours afterwards, ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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him to the office of an elder

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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.33

In April 1839, the church purchased land in the Commerce area and on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River from Galland, an early settler of the area. (Leonard, Nauvoo, 165; Cook, “Isaac Galland,” 270; Hancock Co., IL, Deed Records, 1817–1917, vol. 12-G, p. 247, 30 Apr. 1839, microfilm 954,195, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  


Aftrenoon dictating History—

4–5 July 1839 • Thursday–Friday

Thursday & Friday (assisted by Br Newel Knight

13 Sept. 1800–11 Jan. 1847. Miller, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, ca. 1809. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New...

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) dictating History34

The Knight family was prominent in the Colesville, New York, branch of the church during the first year of the church’s organization. Knight presumably assisted with the history by providing information about his experiences with JS and the church in the period between April and August 1830. (JS History, vol. A-1, 37–53.)  


6 July 1839 • Saturday

Saturday also at home Studying Church records &c &c

7 July 1839 • Sunday

Sunday July 7 th Meeting held in the open air as a large assemblage was expected to Listen to the farewell addresses of the 12

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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who were then about to take their departure on this most important mission. viz to the nations of the earth, and the Islands of the sea Elder John E. Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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, being the first of the 12 present, opened the meeting by addressing a few words of an introductory nature after which singing and prayer were observed, when Elder Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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, delivered a very interesting discource on the subject of the Book of Mormon recapitulating in short terms the subjects of a former discourse on the same subject— [p. 6[b]]
to observe charity & wisdom, & fellow feeling  with Love, one towards another in all  things & under all circumstances.32

JS explicitly directed his comments toward the Twelve, encouraging them to cooperate and support each other while on their mission in Europe. Heber C. Kimball later reported that around this time JS also spoke of “unfolding keys of knowledge to detect Satan, and preserve us in the favor of God.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839; Richards, “Pocket Companion,” 11; Kimball, “History,” 106.)  


3 July 1839 • Wednesday

Wednesday July 3rd, Baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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Dr  Isaac Galland

15 May 1791–27 Sept. 1858. Merchant, postmaster, land speculator, doctor. Born at Somerset Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Matthew Galland and Hannah Fenno. Married first Nancy Harris, 22 Mar. 1811, in Madison Co., Ohio. Married second Margaret Knight, by 1816....

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& confirmed

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were administered at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March...

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him  by the water edge— about two hours  afterwards, ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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him to the office  of an elder

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

View Glossary
.33

In April 1839, the church purchased land in the Commerce area and on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River from Galland, an early settler of the area. (Leonard, Nauvoo, 165; Cook, “Isaac Galland,” 270; Hancock Co., IL, Deed Records, 1817–1917, vol. 12-G, p. 247, 30 Apr. 1839, microfilm 954,195, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  


Aftrenoon dictating History—

4–5 July 1839 • Thursday–Friday

Thursday & Friday (assisted by Br  Newel Knight

13 Sept. 1800–11 Jan. 1847. Miller, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, ca. 1809. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New...

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) dictating History34

The Knight family was prominent in the Colesville, New York, branch of the church during the first year of the church’s organization. Knight presumably assisted with the history by providing information about his experiences with JS and the church in the period between April and August 1830. (JS History, vol. A-1, 37–53.)  


6 July 1839 • Saturday

Saturday also at home Studying  Church records &c &c

7 July 1839 • Sunday

Sunday July 7 th Meeting held in the open  air as a large assemblage was expected  to witness <Lis[ten] to> the farewell addresses of the 12

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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 who were then about to take their departure  on this most important mission. <viz> to the nations  of the earth, and the Islands of the sea  Elder John E. Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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, being the first of the  12 present, opened the meeting by addre ssing a few words <of an> introductory nature  after which singing and prayer were  observed, when Elder Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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, delivered  a very interesting discource on the  subject of the Book of Mormon  recapitulating in short terms the  subjects of a former discourse on the same subject— 35

TEXT: The second of two pages numbered “6”; page numbers remain one off through the rest of the journal.  


[p. 6[b]]
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JS, “Minute Book. 1839 J. Smiths Journal Escape from Prison,” Journal, Apr.–Oct. 1839; handwriting of James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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; fifteen pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes redactions and archival marking.
Makeshift notebook, 10 x 4 inches (25 x 10 cm). The journal was fashioned by folding eight 10 x 8 inch (25 x 20 cm) sheets of paper in half lengthwise to form the notebook of sixteen leaves (thirty-two pages). Inscriptions that reach the end of a line and cross the gutter onto another leaf indicate that the folded pages were not sewn during their original use. Wear on the first and last pages indicates that the pages were not bound for some time. The text of the journal is inscribed on the first fifteen pages in black ink that later turned brown. The remaining seventeen pages are blank. At some point a cover for the notebook was made with a 10 x 16 inch (25 x 41 cm) sheet of blue-colored cover stock folded in half twice to create a 10 x 4 inch cover, which was then pamphlet bound with hand stitching. On the front cover, James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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wrote “Minute Book. | 1839 | J. Smiths Journal | Escape from Prison” with seven decorative underlines in black ink. On the back cover, the lines “Joseph Smith’s Journal | Escape from Prison 1839” are written sideways near the top in black ink. This notation, in unidentified handwriting, appears to be early archival marking. Textual redactions and use marks made in graphite pencil were added by later scribes who used the journal to produce the multivolume manuscript history of the church.
This thin journal was probably among the miscellaneous documents collectively listed in Nauvoo and early Utah inventories of church records.1

Historian’s Office, “Schedule of Church Records”; “Inventory,” [2]; “Historian’s Office Inventory,” [3], Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, CHL.  


The use of the journal in connection with the manuscript history, early inventories, and recent archival records indicate that this journal—like the other JS journals—has remained in continuous church custody.2

See Johnson, Register of the Joseph Smith Collection, 7.  


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