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Journal, December 1841–December 1842

was entered into before the prest. & his council Wm. Law

8 Sept. 1809–12/19 Jan. 1892. Merchant, millwright, physician. Born in Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Son of Richard Law and Ann Hunter. Immigrated to U.S. and settled in Springfield Township, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania, by 1820. Moved to Delaware Township, Mercer Co...

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. Prest. Hyrum Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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acted as council for defendents. and Elder Henry G. Sherwood

20 Apr. 1785–24 Nov. 1867. Surveyor. Born at Kingsbury, Washington Co., New York. Son of Newcomb Sherwood and a woman whose maiden name was Tolman (first name unidentified). Married first Jane J. McManagal (McMangle) of Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, ca. 1824...

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on the part of the accusers. The hearing of testimony lasted untill about 4 o clock at which time the meeting adjourned for half an hour. On coming together again prest. Hyrum

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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addressed the brethren at some length showing the important responsibility of the Committee also the many difficulties they had to contend with, He advised the brethren to have charity one with another and be united &c &c. Elder Sherwood

20 Apr. 1785–24 Nov. 1867. Surveyor. Born at Kingsbury, Washington Co., New York. Son of Newcomb Sherwood and a woman whose maiden name was Tolman (first name unidentified). Married first Jane J. McManagal (McMangle) of Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, ca. 1824...

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replied to prest Hyrum

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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s remarks. Prest. H.

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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explained some remarks before made. Elder Wm. Law

8 Sept. 1809–12/19 Jan. 1892. Merchant, millwright, physician. Born in Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Son of Richard Law and Ann Hunter. Immigrated to U.S. and settled in Springfield Township, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania, by 1820. Moved to Delaware Township, Mercer Co...

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made a few pointed remarks After which President Joseph arose and gave his dicision which was that the Committee stand as before. He likewise showed the brethren that he was responsible to the State

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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for a faithful performance of his office as Sole Trustee in Trust &c.528

As trustee-in-trust, JS was legally responsible for all management of church property. (JS, Journal, 1 Oct. 1842; An Act concerning Religious Societies [6 Feb. 1835], Laws of the State of Illinois [1834–1835], p. 148, sec. 3.)  


& the 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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Committee were responsible to him and had given bonds to him to the amount of $12000 for a faithful dis-charge of all duties devolving upon them as a Committee &c &c. The trial did not conclude untill about 9 oclock P.M.

29 November 1842 • Tuesday

Tuesday 29th. In council with Prest. Hyrum Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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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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& others concerning the Bankrupt case.529

Three weeks earlier, JS and others met with attorney Calvin A. Warren regarding their petitions for bankruptcy. (JS, Journal, 7 Nov. 1842.)  


P.M. attended court at the trial of Mr Thomas J. Hunter before Alderman Orson Spencer

14 Mar./13 May 1802–15 Oct. 1855. Teacher, minister, university professor and chancellor. Born in West Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Daniel Spencer and Chloe Wilson. Moved to Lenox, Berkshire Co., 1817; to Schenectady, Schenectady Co.,...

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According to the provisions of the Nauvoo charter, city aldermen served as justices of the peace within the limits of the city of Nauvoo. (An Act to Incorporate the City of Nauvoo [16 Dec. 1840], Laws of the State of Illinois [1840–1841], p. 55, sec. 16.)  


for Slander. Prest. Joseph forgave Hunter the judgement but he was fined $10.— for contempt of court.531

JS made a complaint against Hunter before Alderman William Marks the previous day. Hunter was delivered into Spencer’s custody on 29 November, after which Spencer issued subpoenas for witnesses. The case was heard by the municipal court, with Alderman Daniel H. Wells presiding pro tem. Hunter pleaded guilty to the charge of “using and making ridiculous and abusive language concerning Joseph Smiths Character . . . contrary to an Ordinance, entitled, ‘an Ordinance in relation to religious Societies.’” The court discharged Hunter “without payment of any fine, except the Fine for Contempt of Court, and full Costs of this Suit,” making eighteen dollars in total. Hunter’s contempt of court was for “using disrespectful and abusive language, & stating that he disregarded the Municipal Court.” (City of Nauvoo v. Hunter [Nauvoo Mun. Ct. 1842], Nauvoo Municipal Court Docket Book, 9 [second numbering].)  


30 November 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 30th. A.M. In council in the large Room over the store preparing evidence in the case of Bankruptcy.
P.M. Had Amos Davis

20 Sept. 1814–22 Mar. 1872. Merchant, farmer. Born in Hopkinton, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. Son of Wells Davis and Mary. Moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois, 1836. Married first Elvira Hibard, 1 Jan. 1837, in Hancock Co. Baptized into...

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brought before the municipal court for slander but in consequence of the informality of the writ drawn by Esqr Daniel H. Wells

27 Oct. 1814–24 Mar. 1891. Farmer, teacher, ferry operator, lumber merchant, manager of nail factory, politician. Born in Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Daniel Wells and Catherine Chapin. Moved to Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio, ca. 1832. Moved to ...

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he was nonsuited.532

JS filed another complaint later this same day against Davis for making “indecent, unbecoming, abusive and ridiculous language concerning the Acts and Character of Deponent” before Alderman William Marks. Davis was brought to trial three days later before Marks. (City of Nauvoo v. Davis [Nauvoo Mun. Ct. 1842], Nauvoo Municipal Court Docket Book, 12 [second numbering]; JS, Journal, 3 Dec. 1842.)  


1 December 1842 • Thursday

December Thursday 1st. This day sister Emma

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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was sick, visited George A. Smith

26 June 1817–1 Sept. 1875. Born at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. Son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman. Baptized into LDS church by Joseph H. Wakefield, 10 Sept. 1832, at Potsdam. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Labored on Kirtland temple...

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& Brigham Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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of the quorum of the Twelve who were sick. Called on Mr Angels533

Richards recorded a visit on this date to “Mother Angels.” (Richards, Journal, 1 Dec. 1842.)  


in company with Elder 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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to give some council concerning a sick sister. Called on William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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to get the historical document &c. After which he commenced reading and revising history.534

Following the death of Robert B. Thompson on 27 August 1841, Phelps took over the responsibility of writing and compiling the multivolume manuscript JS history. Richards assumed responsibility of the history on 1 December 1842, although Phelps continued to play a role in its development. (Jessee, “Writing of Joseph Smith’s History,” 464–466; Richards, Journal, 1 Dec. 1842; JS, Journal, 20 Jan. 1843; JS, Journal, 7 Nov. 1843, JS Collection, CHL.)  


2 December 1842 • Friday

Friday 2nd. Sat as Mayor in the case of Amos Davis

20 Sept. 1814–22 Mar. 1872. Merchant, farmer. Born in Hopkinton, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. Son of Wells Davis and Mary. Moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois, 1836. Married first Elvira Hibard, 1 Jan. 1837, in Hancock Co. Baptized into...

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who was fined in the sum of $25. for breach of Ordinance by selling spirit by the small quantity.536

An ordinance passed by the Nauvoo City Council almost two years earlier prohibited selling liquor in small quantities. The ordinance specified that whiskey must be sold at least by the gallon and other spirits by a quart or more, unless by permission of a physician. Davis appealed the decision of the mayor’s court four days later in the Nauvoo Municipal Court. (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 15 Feb. 1841, 7–8; Davis v. Nauvoo [Nauvoo Mun. Ct. 1842], Nauvoo Municipal Court Docket Book, 14–15 [second numbering]; JS, Journal, 6 Dec. 1842.)  


In the evening called on Elders 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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& Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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to take an apprisal of 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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establishment preparatory to a lease to Elders Taylors 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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& 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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for the term of five years.537

Taylor and Woodruff leased the printing office from JS, who had contracted to purchase it from Ebenezer Robinson earlier in the year. Although this entry states that the lease agreement was being prepared on 2 December, and Woodruff’s journal says it was prepared and written on 8, 9, and 10 December, the actual indenture, signed by Taylor, Woodruff, and JS, is dated 1 December 1842. (JS, Journal, 4 Feb. 1842; Woodruff, Journal, 8–10 Dec. 1842; Indenture, JS to John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff, 1 Dec. 1842, JS Collection, CHL.)  


3 December 1842 • Saturday

Saturday 3rd. Called at 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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several times. In the P.M. attended the municipal court in the case of Amos Davis

20 Sept. 1814–22 Mar. 1872. Merchant, farmer. Born in Hopkinton, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. Son of Wells Davis and Mary. Moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois, 1836. Married first Elvira Hibard, 1 Jan. 1837, in Hancock Co. Baptized into...

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for breach of ordinance &c.538

Davis was charged by JS three days earlier with “indecent, unbecoming, abusive and ridiculous language.” The court, over which Alderman William Marks presided pro tem, fined Davis fifty dollars and bonded him to the sum of two hundred dollars to keep the peace. (JS, Journal, 30 Nov. 1842; City of Nauvoo v. Davis [Nauvoo Mun. Ct. 1842], Nauvoo Municipal Court Docket Book, 12–13 [second numbering].)  


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was entered into before the prest. & his council Wm. Law

8 Sept. 1809–12/19 Jan. 1892. Merchant, millwright, physician. Born in Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Son of Richard Law and Ann Hunter. Immigrated to U.S. and settled in Springfield Township, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania, by 1820. Moved to Delaware Township, Mercer Co...

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. Prest. Hyrum [Smith]

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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acted as  council for defendents. and E[lde]r H[enry] G. Sherwood

20 Apr. 1785–24 Nov. 1867. Surveyor. Born at Kingsbury, Washington Co., New York. Son of Newcomb Sherwood and a woman whose maiden name was Tolman (first name unidentified). Married first Jane J. McManagal (McMangle) of Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, ca. 1824...

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on the part of the accusers.  The hearing of testimony lasted untill about 4 o clock at which time the  meeting adjourned for half an hour. On coming together again prest. Hyrum

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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 addressed the brethren at some length showing the important responsibility  of the Committee also the many difficulties they had to contend with,  He advised the brethren to have charity one with another and be united  &c &c. E[lde]r Sherwood

20 Apr. 1785–24 Nov. 1867. Surveyor. Born at Kingsbury, Washington Co., New York. Son of Newcomb Sherwood and a woman whose maiden name was Tolman (first name unidentified). Married first Jane J. McManagal (McMangle) of Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, ca. 1824...

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replied to prest Hyrum

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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s remarks. Prest. H.

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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explained  some remarks before made. E[lde]r Wm. Law

8 Sept. 1809–12/19 Jan. 1892. Merchant, millwright, physician. Born in Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Son of Richard Law and Ann Hunter. Immigrated to U.S. and settled in Springfield Township, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania, by 1820. Moved to Delaware Township, Mercer Co...

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made a few pointed remarks  After which President Joseph arose and gave his dicision which was  that the Committee stand as before. He likewise showed the  brethren that he was re[s]ponsible to the State

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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for a faithful per formance of his office as Sole Trustee in Trust &c.528

As trustee-in-trust, JS was legally responsible for all management of church property. (JS, Journal, 1 Oct. 1842; An Act concerning Religious Societies [6 Feb. 1835], Laws of the State of Illinois [1834–1835], p. 148, sec. 3.)  


& the 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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 Committee were responsible to him and had given bonds to him  to the amount of $12000 for a faithful dis-charge of all duties de volving upon them as a Committee &c &c. The trial did not conclude  untill about 9 oclock P.M.

29 November 1842 • Tuesday

Tuesday 29th. In council with Prest. Hyrum [Smith]

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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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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& others concerning  the Bankrupt case.529

Three weeks earlier, JS and others met with attorney Calvin A. Warren regarding their petitions for bankruptcy. (JS, Journal, 7 Nov. 1842.)  


P.M. attended court at the trial of Mr [Thomas J.] Hunter  before Alderman [Orson] Spencer

14 Mar./13 May 1802–15 Oct. 1855. Teacher, minister, university professor and chancellor. Born in West Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Daniel Spencer and Chloe Wilson. Moved to Lenox, Berkshire Co., 1817; to Schenectady, Schenectady Co.,...

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According to the provisions of the Nauvoo charter, city aldermen served as justices of the peace within the limits of the city of Nauvoo. (An Act to Incorporate the City of Nauvoo [16 Dec. 1840], Laws of the State of Illinois [1840–1841], p. 55, sec. 16.)  


for Slander. Prest. Joseph forgave Hunter  the judgement but he was fined $10.— for contempt of court.531

JS made a complaint against Hunter before Alderman William Marks the previous day. Hunter was delivered into Spencer’s custody on 29 November, after which Spencer issued subpoenas for witnesses. The case was heard by the municipal court, with Alderman Daniel H. Wells presiding pro tem. Hunter pleaded guilty to the charge of “using and making ridiculous and abusive language concerning Joseph Smiths Character . . . contrary to an Ordinance, entitled, ‘an Ordinance in relation to religious Societies.’” The court discharged Hunter “without payment of any fine, except the Fine for Contempt of Court, and full Costs of this Suit,” making eighteen dollars in total. Hunter’s contempt of court was for “using disrespectful and abusive language, & stating that he disregarded the Municipal Court.” (City of Nauvoo v. Hunter [Nauvoo Mun. Ct. 1842], Nauvoo Municipal Court Docket Book, 9 [second numbering].)  


30 November 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 30th. A.M. In council in the large Room over the store preparing evidence  in the case of Bankruptcy.
P.M. Had Amos Davis

20 Sept. 1814–22 Mar. 1872. Merchant, farmer. Born in Hopkinton, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. Son of Wells Davis and Mary. Moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois, 1836. Married first Elvira Hibard, 1 Jan. 1837, in Hancock Co. Baptized into...

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brought before the municipal court for slander  but in consequence of the informality of the writ drawn by Esqr  [Daniel H.] Wells

27 Oct. 1814–24 Mar. 1891. Farmer, teacher, ferry operator, lumber merchant, manager of nail factory, politician. Born in Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Daniel Wells and Catherine Chapin. Moved to Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio, ca. 1832. Moved to ...

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he was nonsuited.532

JS filed another complaint later this same day against Davis for making “indecent, unbecoming, abusive and ridiculous language concerning the Acts and Character of Deponent” before Alderman William Marks. Davis was brought to trial three days later before Marks. (City of Nauvoo v. Davis [Nauvoo Mun. Ct. 1842], Nauvoo Municipal Court Docket Book, 12 [second numbering]; JS, Journal, 3 Dec. 1842.)  


1 December 1842 • Thursday

December Thursday 1st. This day sister Emma

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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was sick, visited George A. Smith

26 June 1817–1 Sept. 1875. Born at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. Son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman. Baptized into LDS church by Joseph H. Wakefield, 10 Sept. 1832, at Potsdam. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Labored on Kirtland temple...

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& B[righam] Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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of the  quorum of the Twelve who were sick. Called on Mr Angels533

Richards recorded a visit on this date to “Mother Angels.” (Richards, Journal, 1 Dec. 1842.)  


in company  with E[lde]r [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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to give some council concerning a sick sister.  Called on W[illiam] W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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to get the historical document &c. After which  he commenced reading and revising history.534

Following the death of Robert B. Thompson on 27 August 1841, Phelps took over the responsibility of writing and compiling the multivolume manuscript JS history. Richards assumed responsibility of the history on 1 December 1842, although Phelps continued to play a role in its development. (Jessee, “Writing of Joseph Smith’s History,” 464–466; Richards, Journal, 1 Dec. 1842; JS, Journal, 20 Jan. 1843; JS, Journal, 7 Nov. 1843, JS Collection, CHL.)  


2 December 1842 • Friday

Friday 2nd. Sat as Mayor in the case of Amos Davis

20 Sept. 1814–22 Mar. 1872. Merchant, farmer. Born in Hopkinton, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. Son of Wells Davis and Mary. Moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois, 1836. Married first Elvira Hibard, 1 Jan. 1837, in Hancock Co. Baptized into...

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who was fined in the  sum of $25. for breach of Ordinance by selling spirit535

TEXT: Possibly “spirits”.  


by the  small quantity.536

An ordinance passed by the Nauvoo City Council almost two years earlier prohibited selling liquor in small quantities. The ordinance specified that whiskey must be sold at least by the gallon and other spirits by a quart or more, unless by permission of a physician. Davis appealed the decision of the mayor’s court four days later in the Nauvoo Municipal Court. (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 15 Feb. 1841, 7–8; Davis v. Nauvoo [Nauvoo Mun. Ct. 1842], Nauvoo Municipal Court Docket Book, 14–15 [second numbering]; JS, Journal, 6 Dec. 1842.)  


In the evening called on E[lde]rs [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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& [Newel K.] Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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 to take an apprisal of 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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establishment preparatory  to a lease to E[lde]rs Taylors [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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& [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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for the term of five years.537

Taylor and Woodruff leased the printing office from JS, who had contracted to purchase it from Ebenezer Robinson earlier in the year. Although this entry states that the lease agreement was being prepared on 2 December, and Woodruff’s journal says it was prepared and written on 8, 9, and 10 December, the actual indenture, signed by Taylor, Woodruff, and JS, is dated 1 December 1842. (JS, Journal, 4 Feb. 1842; Woodruff, Journal, 8–10 Dec. 1842; Indenture, JS to John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff, 1 Dec. 1842, JS Collection, CHL.)  


3 December 1842 • Saturday

Saturday 3rd. Called at 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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several times. In the P.M. attended  the municipal court in the case of Amos Davis

20 Sept. 1814–22 Mar. 1872. Merchant, farmer. Born in Hopkinton, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. Son of Wells Davis and Mary. Moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois, 1836. Married first Elvira Hibard, 1 Jan. 1837, in Hancock Co. Baptized into...

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for breach of  ordinance &c.538

Davis was charged by JS three days earlier with “indecent, unbecoming, abusive and ridiculous language.” The court, over which Alderman William Marks presided pro tem, fined Davis fifty dollars and bonded him to the sum of two hundred dollars to keep the peace. (JS, Journal, 30 Nov. 1842; City of Nauvoo v. Davis [Nauvoo Mun. Ct. 1842], Nauvoo Municipal Court Docket Book, 12–13 [second numbering].)  


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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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