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Journal, December 1841–December 1842

[pages 68–87, donation records dated 28 January–5 March 1842]

27 February 1842 • Sunday

Sunday 27 [2 lines blank]

28 February 1842 • Monday

Monday 28 offered a settlement to Father [Oliver] Snow

18 Sept. 1775–17 Oct. 1845. Farmer, teacher. Born in Becket, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Oliver Snow and Rebecca Wadsworth. Intention to marry Rosetta Leonora Pettibone in Congregational church dated 6 May 1800, in Becket. Resided in Tyringham, Berkshire...

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by Jenkings Notes. which he declined. choosing to take land in Ramus

Area settled, 1826. Founded by Latter-day Saints, 1839–1840, following exodus from Missouri. Town platted, Aug. 1840. Post office established, Sept. 1840. Incorporated as Macedonia, Mar. 1843. Renamed Webster, 23 July 1847. Population in 1845 about 380. Crooked...

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. Paid Bro Robert pierce $2.700, the balance due him for a farm 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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Bought of Bro Peirce in Brandywine Township, Chester County, Pensysvania, for $5000. viz— a deed for Lot. 2. Block 94 $1100.. &. Lot 4. Block 95. $800.— & Lot 4. Block 78. $800. The remainder having been previously paid. the Bond was cancelled. & given up. & Bro Peirce expressed his satisfaction of the whole proceedings in the Times & Seasons.—

1 March 1842 • Tuesday

March— Tuesday 1. During the fore-noon. at his office

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. & the printing office

Located at four different sites from 1839–1846: cellar of warehouse on bank of Mississippi River, June–Aug. 1839; frame building on northeast corner of Water and Bain streets, Nov. 1839–Nov. 1841; newly built printing establishment on northwest corner of ...

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correcting the first plate or cut. of the Records of father Abraham. prepared by Reuben Hadlock [Hedlock]

1809–5 July 1869. Printer, carpenter, journeyman. Born in U.S. Married first Susan Wheeler, 1827. Married second Lydia Fox. Baptized into LDS church, by 1836. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, and ordained an elder, by 1836. Appointed counselor to Alvah...

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for the Times & Season. and in council in his office in the P.M. and in the evening with the Twelve & their wives at Elder [Wilford] Woodruff

1 Mar. 1807–2 Sept. 1898. Farmer, miller. Born at Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson. Moved to Richland, Oswego Co., New York, 1832. Baptized into LDS church by Zera Pulsipher, 31 Dec. 1833, near Richland. Ordained...

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’s.— where he explained many important principles in relation to progressive improvement. in the scale of inteligent existince

2 March 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 2. Read the Proof of the “Times and Seasons” as Editor for the First time, No. 9th Vol 3d.  in which is the commencement of the Book of Abraham. Paid taxes. to Bagley [Walter Bagby] in the General Business office, for county & State purposes. but refused to pay the taxes on the City & Town of commerce

Located near middle of western boundary of state, bordering Mississippi River. European Americans settled area, 1820s. From bank of river, several feet above high-water mark, ground described as nearly level for six or seven blocks before gradually sloping...

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.— & Commenced Settlement with Gilbert Granger

14 Oct. 1814–25 Aug. 1850. Born in Phelps, Ontario Co., New York. Son of Oliver Granger and Lydia Dibble. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Married first Alice Marble, 20 June 1838, in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio. Married second Susan Bristol Williams, 24...

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, & continud in the Presidents office till 9 O clock evening.— Also visited by General Dudley

1804–17 Nov. 1875. Vessel trade manager, tannery operator, surveyor, farmer. Born in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, 1804. Married Jerusha Stevens, 15 Oct. 1829, in Killingworth. Served as brigadier general in Connecticut state militia. Served as...

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from Connecticut.

3 March 1842 • Thursday

Thurday 3 Council in the General business office at 9 o clock A.M. in the afternoon continued the settlement with Gilbert Granger

14 Oct. 1814–25 Aug. 1850. Born in Phelps, Ontario Co., New York. Son of Oliver Granger and Lydia Dibble. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Married first Alice Marble, 20 June 1838, in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio. Married second Susan Bristol Williams, 24...

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. but finally failed to effect any thing but to get Newels Note. Granger

14 Oct. 1814–25 Aug. 1850. Born in Phelps, Ontario Co., New York. Son of Oliver Granger and Lydia Dibble. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Married first Alice Marble, 20 June 1838, in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio. Married second Susan Bristol Williams, 24...

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refusing to give up. the papers to the president. which he had recived of his father

7 Feb. 1794–23/25 Aug. 1841. Sheriff, church agent. Born at Phelps, Ontario Co., New York. Son of Pierce Granger and Clarissa Trumble. Married Lydia Dibble, 8 Sept. 1813, at Phelps. Member of Methodist church and licensed exhorter. Sheriff of Ontario Co. ...

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. the same being church property [5 lines blank] [p. 88]
[pages 68–87, donation records dated 28 January–5 March 1842]

27 February 1842 • Sunday

Sunday 27 [2 lines blank]

28 February 1842 • Monday

Monday 28 offered a settlement to Father [Oliver] Snow

18 Sept. 1775–17 Oct. 1845. Farmer, teacher. Born in Becket, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Oliver Snow and Rebecca Wadsworth. Intention to marry Rosetta Leonora Pettibone in Congregational church dated 6 May 1800, in Becket. Resided in Tyringham, Berkshire...

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by Jenkings Notes. which  he declined. choosing to take land in Ramus

Area settled, 1826. Founded by Latter-day Saints, 1839–1840, following exodus from Missouri. Town platted, Aug. 1840. Post office established, Sept. 1840. Incorporated as Macedonia, Mar. 1843. Renamed Webster, 23 July 1847. Population in 1845 about 380. Crooked...

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. Paid  Bro Robert pierce $2.700, the balance due him for a  farm 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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Bought of Bro Peirce in Brandywine  Township, Chester County, Pensysvania, for $5000. viz—  a deed for Lot. 2. Block 94 <$1100.>. &. Lot 4. Block 95. <$800.>— & Lot 4. Block 78. $800.111

Indenture, JS and Emma Smith to Robert Peirce, Hancock Co., IL, 28 Feb. 1842, International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Memorial Museum, Salt Lake City.  


 The remainder having been previously paid. & the Bond was  cancelled. & given up. & Bro Peirce expressed his satisfaction  of the whole proceedings in the Times & Seasons.—112

Galland made this purchase while acting as an agent for the church. (Robert Peirce to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 28 Feb. 1842, Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:715.)  


1 March 1842 • Tuesday

March— Tuesday 29 1. During the fore-noon. at his office

Term usually applies to JS’s private office, which was located at various places during JS’s lifetime, including his home and red brick store. While in JS’s red brick store, office served as church headquarters and location where JS kept his sacred writings...

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. & the printing office

Located at four different sites from 1839–1846: cellar of warehouse on bank of Mississippi River, June–Aug. 1839; frame building on northeast corner of Water and Bain streets, Nov. 1839–Nov. 1841; newly built printing establishment on northwest corner of ...

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 correcting the first plate or cut. of the Records of father  Abraham. prepared by Reuben Hadlock [Hedlock]

1809–5 July 1869. Printer, carpenter, journeyman. Born in U.S. Married first Susan Wheeler, 1827. Married second Lydia Fox. Baptized into LDS church, by 1836. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, and ordained an elder, by 1836. Appointed counselor to Alvah...

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for the Times  & Season.113

The corrected figure was published as “A Fac-simile from the Book of Abraham, No. 1,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:703 [Abraham, facsimile 1].  


and in council in his office in the P.M.  and in the evening with the Twelve & their wives  at Elder [Wilford] Woodruff

1 Mar. 1807–2 Sept. 1898. Farmer, miller. Born at Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson. Moved to Richland, Oswego Co., New York, 1832. Baptized into LDS church by Zera Pulsipher, 31 Dec. 1833, near Richland. Ordained...

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’s.—114

The occasion was Wilford Woodruff’s thirty-fifth birthday celebration. Those present included JS and Emma Smith; Heber C. and Vilate Murray Kimball; John and Leonora Cannon Taylor; John Taylor’s mother, Agnes; Willard Richards; and John E. Page. (Woodruff, Journal, 1 Mar. 1842.)  


where he explained many  important principles in relation to progressive  improvement. in the scale of inteligent existince

2 March 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 2. Read the Proof of the “Times and Seasons”  as Editor for the First time, No. 9[th] Vol 3d.115

A 28 January 1842 revelation indicated the Quorum of the Twelve would “take in hand the Editorial department” of the Times and Seasons.a At this time JS became the editor of the paper, with John Taylor assigned to assist him in writing. While JS’s name appears as editor with vol. 3, no. 8, this transitional issue was begun by Ebenezer Robinson and completed by Taylor and Wilford Woodruff. JS’s actual responsibility as editor began with vol. 3, no. 9.b  


aJS, Journal, 28 Jan. 1842.

bEbenezer Robinson, “Valedictory,” Times and Seasons, 15 Feb. 1842, 3:695–696; “To Subscribers,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:710; Ebenezer Robinson, “To the Public,” Times and Seasons, 15 Mar. 1842, 3:729; Woodruff, Journal, 19 Feb. 1842.

 in which is the commencement of the Book  of Abraham. Paid taxes. to Bagley [Walter Bagby] in the  General Business office, for county & State  purposes. but refused to pay the taxes on  the City & Town of commerce

Located near middle of western boundary of state, bordering Mississippi River. European Americans settled area, 1820s. From bank of river, several feet above high-water mark, ground described as nearly level for six or seven blocks before gradually sloping...

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.—116

Walter Bagby was the Hancock County tax collector. JS refused to pay taxes assessed on behalf of Commerce, “there being no such place known in law; the city & town of commerce having been included in the city plot of Nauvoo.” (Walter Bagby, “To Tax Payers,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1841, 2:334; Historian’s Office, JS History, draft notes, 2 Mar. 1842; see also JS History, vol. C-1, 1286.)  


& Commen[ce]d  Settlement with Gilbert Granger

14 Oct. 1814–25 Aug. 1850. Born in Phelps, Ontario Co., New York. Son of Oliver Granger and Lydia Dibble. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Married first Alice Marble, 20 June 1838, in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio. Married second Susan Bristol Williams, 24...

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,117

The settlement pertained to the estate of Oliver Granger, Gilbert’s father, who served as an agent to settle church business in Kirtland, Ohio, before his death in August 1841.  


& continud  in the Presidents office till 9 O clock eve ning.— Also visited by General Dudley

1804–17 Nov. 1875. Vessel trade manager, tannery operator, surveyor, farmer. Born in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, 1804. Married Jerusha Stevens, 15 Oct. 1829, in Killingworth. Served as brigadier general in Connecticut state militia. Served as...

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118

Possibly Julius Dudley, a brigadier general in the Connecticut state militia. (Connecticut Annual Register, 104.)  


from  Connecticut.

3 March 1842 • Thursday

Thurday 3 Council in the General business office at 9 o clock A.M.  in the afternoon continued the settlement with Gilbert  Granger

14 Oct. 1814–25 Aug. 1850. Born in Phelps, Ontario Co., New York. Son of Oliver Granger and Lydia Dibble. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Married first Alice Marble, 20 June 1838, in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio. Married second Susan Bristol Williams, 24...

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. but finally failed to effect any thing but to get  Newels Note.119

Probably Grandison Newell. On 24 October 1837, the court of common pleas at Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio, ordered JS and Sidney Rigdon to pay $1,000 each to Samuel D. Rounds. Rounds appointed Newell to collect the debt. On 1 March 1838, Newell acknowledged that JS’s agents William Marks and Oliver Granger had paid him $1,600 and that he would not seek the remaining $400, thereby settling the debt. (Assignment of judgment, Grandison Newell to William Marks and Oliver Granger, Kirtland, OH, 1 Mar. 1838, Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU.)  


Granger

14 Oct. 1814–25 Aug. 1850. Born in Phelps, Ontario Co., New York. Son of Oliver Granger and Lydia Dibble. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Married first Alice Marble, 20 June 1838, in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio. Married second Susan Bristol Williams, 24...

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refusing to give up. the papers for to the  president. which he had recived of his father

7 Feb. 1794–23/25 Aug. 1841. Sheriff, church agent. Born at Phelps, Ontario Co., New York. Son of Pierce Granger and Clarissa Trumble. Married Lydia Dibble, 8 Sept. 1813, at Phelps. Member of Methodist church and licensed exhorter. Sheriff of Ontario Co. ...

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. the same  being church property [5 lines blank] [p. 88]
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JS, Journal, Dec. 1841–Dec. 1842; handwriting of William Clayton

17 July 1814–4 Dec. 1879. Bookkeeper, clerk. Born at Charock Moss, Penwortham, Lancashire, England. Son of Thomas Clayton and Ann Critchley. Married Ruth Moon, 9 Oct. 1836, at Penwortham. Baptized into LDS church by Heber C. Kimball, 21 Oct. 1837, in River...

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, Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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, Eliza R. Snow

21 Jan. 1804–5 Dec. 1887. Poet, teacher, seamstress, milliner. Born in Becket, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Daughter of Oliver Snow and Rosetta Leonora Pettibone. Moved to Mantua, Trumbull Co., Ohio, ca. 1806. Member of Baptist church. Baptized into LDS ...

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, and Erastus Derby

14 Sept. 1810–3 Dec. 1890. Tailor, carpenter, farmer, joiner. Born in Hawley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Edward Darby and Ruth Phoebe Hitchcock. Moved to Ohio, by 1834. Married Ruhamah Burnham Knowlton, 10 Aug. 1834, in Carthage, Hamilton Co., Ohio...

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; signatures of William Clayton

17 July 1814–4 Dec. 1879. Bookkeeper, clerk. Born at Charock Moss, Penwortham, Lancashire, England. Son of Thomas Clayton and Ann Critchley. Married Ruth Moon, 9 Oct. 1836, at Penwortham. Baptized into LDS church by Heber C. Kimball, 21 Oct. 1837, in River...

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and Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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; 90 pages; in “The Book of the Law of the Lord,” Record Book, 1841–1845, CHL. Includes shorthand; also includes redactions and use marks.
JS’s journal for December 1841–December 1842 was inscribed in a large, leather-bound blank book made with thick paper. The paper bears a star-shaped watermark in the middle of each leaf and was printed with forty-seven blue lines on each side. The text block was originally formed with thirty gatherings of eight leaves each. The second gathering, however, has only six leaves. This six-leaf gathering was either a binding error or one sheet came loose from the binding before the book was inscribed (the book’s inscription and pagination runs through this gathering without skipping any text or page numbers). The gatherings were sewn all along. Each set of front and back endpapers consisted of a gathering of four leaves of unlined paper, but only two leaves are now extant in the back gathering. The trimmed pages measure 16¼ × 10½ inches (41 × 27 cm). Headbands were sewn onto the text block. The exterior pages of the endpapers are joined to the pasteboards with a strip of pink cloth. Marbled papers featuring a shell pattern with green body and veins of red and yellow are glued to the inside covers of the boards and to the exterior page of each gathering of endpapers. The leaf edges are stained green. The text block is bound in a ledger style to the boards. The spine was constructed with four false raised bands demarcating five panels. The boards and spine are covered in suede leather with additional leather strips over the top and bottom of the book. The suede leather was blind tooled on the outside covers, the raised bands of the spine, and the turned-in edges on the inside cover. The additional leather strips, which also cover the first and fifth panels of the spine, are embossed with dual lines and vegetal designs along the borders and have gold line filling. The spine is further embossed with the number “6” in 20-point type on the fifth panel. The second and fourth panels have black-painted squares of paper glued to them. These feature gold lining and decoration at the top and bottom. The completed volume measures 17 × 11 × 2¼ inches (43 × 28 × 6 cm) and includes 244 free leaves. A penciled inscription at the inside top corner of page [ii]—the verso of the front marbled flyleaf—gives what appears to be an expensive price for this high-quality blank book: “bth | 10.00”.
Robert B. Thompson

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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inscribed nine revelations in the book on the first twenty-three pages of lined paper. Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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made minor revisions to these revelation texts. Apparently either Richards or Thompson inscribed page numbers on pages 3­–18, beginning at the first page of lined paper, in a stylized script. Richards inscribed page numbers on pages 19–25 as well as on the next several dozen pages—which included journal entries for JS and records of donations in cash and in kind for the construction of the Nauvoo temple

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1841, commanded Saints to build temple and hotel (Nauvoo House). Cornerstone laid, 6 Apr. 1841. Saints volunteered labor, money, and other resources for temple construction. Construction directed by committee, which included Reynolds...

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. At some point page [1], the recto of the last leaf of unlined endpaper in the front of the book, was inscribed with a title: “THE | BOOK | of the | LAW | of the | LORD”. Because these words are hand lettered in various ornate styles, the handwriting cannot be identified. A matching title appears on the spine of the volume: the square label of black paper on the second panel of the spine bears a smaller square label of white paper with a hand-lettered inscription: “LAW | — of the — | LORD.” Willard Richards inscribed pages 26–126 of the book, with help from William Clayton

17 July 1814–4 Dec. 1879. Bookkeeper, clerk. Born at Charock Moss, Penwortham, Lancashire, England. Son of Thomas Clayton and Ann Critchley. Married Ruth Moon, 9 Oct. 1836, at Penwortham. Baptized into LDS church by Heber C. Kimball, 21 Oct. 1837, in River...

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on pages 27–28 and 72–87. Clayton inscribed the rest of the volume, pages 127–477, with help from Erastus Derby

14 Sept. 1810–3 Dec. 1890. Tailor, carpenter, farmer, joiner. Born in Hawley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Edward Darby and Ruth Phoebe Hitchcock. Moved to Ohio, by 1834. Married Ruhamah Burnham Knowlton, 10 Aug. 1834, in Carthage, Hamilton Co., Ohio...

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on pages 168–171 and from Eliza R. Snow

21 Jan. 1804–5 Dec. 1887. Poet, teacher, seamstress, milliner. Born in Becket, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Daughter of Oliver Snow and Rosetta Leonora Pettibone. Moved to Mantua, Trumbull Co., Ohio, ca. 1806. Member of Baptist church. Baptized into LDS ...

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on pages 189–190 and 192–201. These clerks and scribes generally paginated the book and inscribed dateline page headers along the way as they inscribed its texts.1

The page numbers on pages 19–71, 86–90, and 122–125 are in the handwriting of Willard Richards; on pages 72–85, 91–121, 126–167, and 171–477, in the handwriting of William Clayton; and on pages 168–170, in the handwriting of Erastus Derby. There are two pages numbered 453. Pages 476–477 constitute the last leaf of lined paper. The headers generally consist of a year or a month and year. The headers inscribed on pages 26–27, 29–71, 88–95, 119, and 121–126 are in the handwriting of Richards; the headers inscribed on pages 28, 72–87, 96–118, 120, 127–167, and 172–215 are in the handwriting of Clayton; pages 168–171, which were inscribed by Derby, have no headers. A few other pages are missing headers.  


The donation records constitute the bulk of the volume. The journal entries are inscribed on pages 26, 31, 33, 36, 39, 43, 44, 48, 56–61, 66–67, 88–95, 122–135, and 164–215. As is also the case with the pages bearing donation records, many of the pages bearing journal entries have vertical margin lines inscribed in graphite. The journal entries themselves are inscribed in ink that is now brown. Pages 165–181, however, either include or are entirely in blue ink. Some of the entries begin with a descriptive heading as well as a dateline. The entry for 6 January 1842, for example, features the large heading “The New Year”. Page 58 features the large double underlined heading “Journal of President Joseph”. Many of the entries are divided by horizontal lines. Where groups of journal entries span several pages, notes written at the beginning and end of these spans reference the previous or succeeding pages of journal entries.2

For example, page 135 points the reader to page 164, which begins by noting the continuation from page 135.  


At various stages in the production of the volume, Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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and Clayton

17 July 1814–4 Dec. 1879. Bookkeeper, clerk. Born at Charock Moss, Penwortham, Lancashire, England. Son of Thomas Clayton and Ann Critchley. Married Ruth Moon, 9 Oct. 1836, at Penwortham. Baptized into LDS church by Heber C. Kimball, 21 Oct. 1837, in River...

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signed their names to their work (pages 126, 181, 215).
The volume contains a number of redactions that were made as the journal entries were later revised for inclusion in the “History of Joseph Smith” published in Mormon newspapers in the mid-nineteenth century.3

This serialized history drew on the journals herein, beginning with the 4 July 1855 issue of the Deseret News and with the 3 January 1857 issue of the LDS Millennial Star.  


Most of these redactions, made in graphite, were subsequently erased.4

Most of these now-erased graphite inscriptions are recoverable with bright white light and magnification. Pages 209–215, which were not erased, represent the state of the journal entries generally when they were used for drafting the “History of Joseph Smith.”  


The upper left-hand corner of page 3 bears the graphite inscription “6”, a redactive note on page 43 is inscribed in purple pencil, and red-penciled “X”s appear in the margins next to entries on pages 164 and 180. Notes written on three white and three blue slips of paper of various sizes have been inserted in various places, as well as a clipped portion of a Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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-era elder’s certificate form with no notes (apparently just a placeholder). There are also two leaves of pink paper just inside the front of the volume. All of these slips and leaves of paper are loose and appear to have been added to the book subsequent to its use as a journal.
The book is intricately related to its successor volume, the 1844–1846 donation record, and to a volume that indexed the donation records.5

Tithing and Donation Record, 1844–1846, CHL; Trustee-in-trust, Index and Accounts, 1841–1847, CHL.  


The “Law of the Lord” is listed as such in inventories of church records made in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the 1850s. These show that the volume was held for a time in the office of church president Brigham Young.6

Historian’s Office, “Inventory. Historian’s Office. 4th April 1855,” [1]; Historian’s Office, “Inventory. Historians Office. G. S. L. City April 1.1857,” [1]; Historian’s Office, “Historian’s Office Inventory G. S. L. City March 19. 1858,” [1]; Historian’s Office, “Historian’s Office Catalogue Book March 1858,” [11], Historian’s Office, Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, CHL.  


In 1880, John Taylor

1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, carried the book to a stake Relief Society conference in Salt Lake City.7

Emmeline B. Wells, “Salt Lake Stake Relief Society Conference,” Women’s Exponent, 1 July 1880, 9:22.  


At some point the book was marked on the spine with an archival sticker, which was later removed. The book eventually was housed with the papers of Joseph Fielding Smith, apparently during his tenure as church historian and recorder (1921–1970), and then became part of the First Presidency’s papers when he became church president in 1970.8

“Inventory of President Joseph Fielding Smith’s Safe,” 23 May 1970, First Presidency, General Administration Files, CHL.  


In 2010, the First Presidency gave custody of the book to the Church History Library.9

Letter of transfer, Salt Lake City, UT, 8 Jan. 2010, CHL.  


This evidence indicates continuous institutional custody and authenticity.

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