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Journal, December 1842–June 1844; Book 1, 21 December 1842–10 March 1843

Journal, December 1842–June 1844; Book 1, 21 December 1842–10 March 1843

9 February 1843 • Thursday

Thursday Feb 9. 1843 was at the “Masonic Hall. some time in the fore-noon. conversing with Mr Jacob Remick

17 Mar. 1798–June 1860. Lawyer. Born in Tamworth, Strafford Co., New Hampshire. Son of William Remick and Abigail Gilman. Moved to Industry, Kennebec Co., Maine, 1805. Married Hannah Shaw, 3 Feb. 1824, in Industry. Moved to Bangor, Penobscot Co., Maine, by...

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. & trying to effect a Settlement. Remick

17 Mar. 1798–June 1860. Lawyer. Born in Tamworth, Strafford Co., New Hampshire. Son of William Remick and Abigail Gilman. Moved to Industry, Kennebec Co., Maine, 1805. Married Hannah Shaw, 3 Feb. 1824, in Industry. Moved to Bangor, Penobscot Co., Maine, by...

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promisd to let Joseph have some notes on a paper Maker in Louisville. to pay him. & then went off contrary to promise.355

In August 1842, JS loaned Remick $200 to help him pay a debt. Remick paid JS back by deeding to him “one half of the Land and property he owned” in Keokuk, Iowa, but had then “calld for some more favors” from JS. JS let him have some six or seven hundred dollars’ worth of “cloths,” apparently on credit. Whatever payment JS ultimately managed to obtain from Remick—either for the original $200 loan, the “cloths,” or perhaps additional debts—was unsatisfactory; JS reported in April 1843 that Remick had taken “most $1100 from me, . . . he is a thief.” (JS, Journal, 14 Sept. 1842 and 6 Apr. 1843.)  


conversation with Master Jonathan Nye & 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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went to Keokuk

Located near confluence of Mississippi and Des Moines rivers. First settled, 1820. Fur trading post established, 1828. Named Keokuk, 1829, after Sac Indian chief, who later visited JS in Nauvoo, 1841. Platted 1837. Incorporated 1847. Population in 1841 about...

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— Read Many letters. one from Judge Richard M. Young

20 Feb. 1798–28 Nov. 1861. Attorney, judge, politician. Born in Fayette Co., Kentucky. Moved to Jonesboro, Union Co., Illinois. Admitted to Illinois bar, 1817, in Jonesboro. Served as state representative from Union Co., 1820–1822. Married Matilda M. James...

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.—356

JS responded to Young with a letter this day, discussing a loan and requesting information about the petition that JS sent to Young through Calvin A. Warren, requesting the appointment of a new postmaster for the city of Nauvoo. (JS per William Clayton, Nauvoo, IL, to Richard M. Young, Washington DC, 9 Feb. 1843, copy, Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU; JS, Journal, 8 Nov. 1842.)  


Gave a relation of the Mob in Hyrum Hiram, Ohio

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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which was writtn for the history357

The incident in Hiram, Ohio, refers to the mobbing of JS and Sidney Rigdon on the night of 24–25 March 1832. The history refers to the history of the church that Willard Richards was writing and compiling. (JS History, vol. A-1, 205–208.)  


Parley Pratt

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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& others came in & Joseph explained the following [p. [172]]

9 February 1843 • Thursday

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TEXT: Brown ink commences.  


Thursday Feb 9. 1843  was at the “Masonic Hall. some  time in the fore-noon. conversing  with Mr [Jacob] Remick

17 Mar. 1798–June 1860. Lawyer. Born in Tamworth, Strafford Co., New Hampshire. Son of William Remick and Abigail Gilman. Moved to Industry, Kennebec Co., Maine, 1805. Married Hannah Shaw, 3 Feb. 1824, in Industry. Moved to Bangor, Penobscot Co., Maine, by...

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. & trying to  effect a Settlement. Remick

17 Mar. 1798–June 1860. Lawyer. Born in Tamworth, Strafford Co., New Hampshire. Son of William Remick and Abigail Gilman. Moved to Industry, Kennebec Co., Maine, 1805. Married Hannah Shaw, 3 Feb. 1824, in Industry. Moved to Bangor, Penobscot Co., Maine, by...

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 promisd to let Joseph have some  notes on a paper Maker in  Louisville. to pay him. & then went  off contrary to promise.355

In August 1842, JS loaned Remick $200 to help him pay a debt. Remick paid JS back by deeding to him “one half of the Land and property he owned” in Keokuk, Iowa, but had then “calld for some more favors” from JS. JS let him have some six or seven hundred dollars’ worth of “cloths,” apparently on credit. Whatever payment JS ultimately managed to obtain from Remick—either for the original $200 loan, the “cloths,” or perhaps additional debts—was unsatisfactory; JS reported in April 1843 that Remick had taken “most $1100 from me, . . . he is a thief.” (JS, Journal, 14 Sept. 1842 and 6 Apr. 1843.)  


<conversation with Master [Jonathan] Nye  & 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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went to Keokuk

Located near confluence of Mississippi and Des Moines rivers. First settled, 1820. Fur trading post established, 1828. Named Keokuk, 1829, after Sac Indian chief, who later visited JS in Nauvoo, 1841. Platted 1837. Incorporated 1847. Population in 1841 about...

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>— Read  Many letters. one f[r]om Judge  [Richard M.] Young

20 Feb. 1798–28 Nov. 1861. Attorney, judge, politician. Born in Fayette Co., Kentucky. Moved to Jonesboro, Union Co., Illinois. Admitted to Illinois bar, 1817, in Jonesboro. Served as state representative from Union Co., 1820–1822. Married Matilda M. James...

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.—356

JS responded to Young with a letter this day, discussing a loan and requesting information about the petition that JS sent to Young through Calvin A. Warren, requesting the appointment of a new postmaster for the city of Nauvoo. (JS per William Clayton, Nauvoo, IL, to Richard M. Young, Washington DC, 9 Feb. 1843, copy, Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU; JS, Journal, 8 Nov. 1842.)  


Gave a relation  of the Mob in Hyrum [Hiram, Ohio]

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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which  was writtn for the history357

The incident in Hiram, Ohio, refers to the mobbing of JS and Sidney Rigdon on the night of 24–25 March 1832. The history refers to the history of the church that Willard Richards was writing and compiling. (JS History, vol. A-1, 205–208.)  


Parley Pratt

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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& othe[r]s came in  & Joseph explai[ne]d the followi[n]g [p. [172]]
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JS, “President Joseph Smith’s Journal,” Journal, 4 vols., Dec. 1842–June 1844; handwriting and signatures of 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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; 1,045 pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes shorthand and illustrations; also includes redactions, use marks, and archival stickers.
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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kept “President Joseph Smith’s Journal” in four small memorandum books. The paper in book 1 is blue, while the paper in books 2–4 is white. In the first two books, the paper was printed with seventeen blue lines and extra space for page headers, whereas the paper for book 3 was printed with nineteen blue lines and no header space. The first eight gatherings of paper for book 4 were printed with sixteen blue lines and header space, while the last nine gatherings were printed with nineteen blue lines and no header space. The four volumes have 147, 160, 142, and 190 free leaves, respectively, and were sewn with all-along sewing. The leaves in books 1–3 were trimmed to measure 6 × 3¾ inches (15 × 10 cm), while the paper in book 4 measures 6¼ × 3¾ inches (16 × 10 cm). Books 2–4 have the same red-speckled stain on the page edges. All four books were bound with a tight-back case binding and have brown leather over pasteboards. Books 1–3 measure 6¼ × 4 × ¾ inches (16 × 10 × 2 cm); book 4 measures 6⅜ × 4 × ¾ inches (16 × 10 × 2 cm). The outside covers of book 1 feature an embossed pattern around the borders. The cover of book 4 is red and features a gold pattern around the borders on the front and the back.
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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inscribed most of the journal entries in these memorandum books with a quill pen in ink that is now brown, although he also used blue ink for several entries. Some of the graphite inscriptions in the volumes are also contemporaneous. Richards paginated the first 114 of the 285 inscribed pages in book 1—discounting the title page that precedes the pagination—and the first 20 of the 309 inscribed pages in book 2. There is no pagination in books 3–4. In book 2, pages 11, 17, and 20–21 feature illustrations of celestial observations.
The 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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memorandum books include later inscriptions that are not transcribed in this edition. At the end of book 2, Thomas Bullock added a list of 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 plural marriages. A few revisions, additions, or notes are penciled in throughout the volumes. There are also several use marks throughout the volumes—probably made when the journal entries were later revised for inclusion in the “History of Joseph Smith” published in Mormon newspapers in the mid-nineteenth century.1

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


The spines of the volumes are now labeled with blue-colored paper stickers that probably date from the early Utah period.2

The labels on the spines of the four volumes read respectively as follows: “Joseph Smith’s Journal—1842–3 by Willard Richards” (book 1); “Joseph Smith’s Journal by W. Richards 1843” (book 2); “Joseph Smith’s Journal by W. Richards 1843–4” (book 3); and “W. Richards’ Journal 1844 <Vol. 4>” (book 4; Richards kept JS’s journal in the front of this volume, and after JS’s death Richards kept his own journal in the back of the volume).  


Each of the four volumes also bears the mark of a square sticker removed from the upper right-hand corner of the outside front cover. Finally, a “Historian’s Office Archives” self-adhesive paper sticker appears in the front inside cover or on the first flyleaf of each book.
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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identified himself as the scribe for the journal on the title pages of books 1 and 4. Because Richards kept the journals for JS and kept his own journal in the back of book 4 after JS’s death, the books may be included in the listing of “Drs private books & Papers”3

“Drs” in the quotation is a reference to Richards, a Thomsonian doctor. (“History of Willard Richards,” Deseret News, 23 June 1858, 73)  


in the inventory of church records made in 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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, Illinois, in 1846.4

“Schedule of Church Records,” Historian’s Office, Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, CHL.  


The volumes are listed in inventories made in Salt Lake City, Utah, by the Church Historian’s Office in 1855, 1858, and 1878, as well as in the 1973 register of the JS Collection.5

“Inventory. Historian’s Office. 4th April 1855,” [1]; “Contents of the Historian and Recorder’s Office G. S. L. City July 1858,” 2; “Index of Records and Journals in the Historian’s Office 1878,” [11]–[12], Historian’s Office, Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, CHL; Johnson, Register of the Joseph Smith Collection, 7.  


These archival records and the physical evidence of archival stickers indicate continuous institutional custody and authenticity.
Note: The journal 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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kept for JS is divided into four physical books. The transcript and annotation here are for the first of these books, covering 21 December 1842 through 10 March 1843. The transcript and annotation for the first part of book 2, covering 10 March through 30 April 1843, are also available on this website. The transcript and annotation for the remainder of book 2 and for books 3 and 4 will be published later.

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