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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

4 February 1843 • Saturday

Saturday Feb— 4th. 1843 at home— 1 o clock P.M. attended the General city Election caucus at the Temple, where all things were amicably settled & mutual good feelings were restored to all parties. Bro Benjamin Clapp made a public confession. for the speech which he made at a former caucus340

Clapp was the chief speaker at a caucus held three days earlier. (JS, Journal, 2 Feb. 1843.)  


4¼ told Amasa Lyman

30 Mar. 1813–4 Feb. 1877. Boatman, gunsmith, farmer. Born at Lyman, Grafton Co., New Hampshire. Son of Boswell Lyman and Martha Mason. Baptized into LDS church by Lyman E. Johnson, 27 Apr. 1832. Moved to Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, May–June 1832. Ordained an...

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he had restord Orson Pratt

19 Sept. 1811–3 Oct. 1881. Farmer, writer, teacher, merchant, surveyor, editor, publisher. Born at Hartford, Washington Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Moved to New Lebanon, Columbia Co., New York, 1814; to Canaan, Columbia Co., fall...

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to his former standing, that he had concluded to make Amasa councillr to the first Presidency.—341

Following the excommunication of Orson Pratt on 20 August 1842, Lyman was “ordained an apostle in his place.”a He functioned as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve during the five-month interim between Pratt’s excommunication and his rebaptism and reinstatement in the quorum, though Lyman was not sustained to a formal position in the quorum by the membership of the church. After Pratt was rebaptized 20 January 1843 and ordained “to all the authority. of his former office,”b Lyman ceased to function as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and was appointed as a counselor to the First Presidency.c While Lyman was not sustained to this position in subsequent conferences, he was recognized as having been a counselor in the First Presidency by those present at the 8 August 1844 special meeting following JS’s death. At that meeting, Lyman was sustained as a counselor to the Twelve and in the October 1844 general conference as “one of the Twelve, just in the same relationship as he [was] sustained to the first presidency.”d  


aHistorian’s Office, JS History, draft notes, 20 Jan. 1843; Amasa Lyman, Great Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, to Wilford Woodruff, 23 Aug. 1866, Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1858–1880, CHL.

bJS, Journal, 20 Jan. 1843.

cWoodruff, Journal, [20] Jan. 1843.

d“Special Meeting,” Times and Seasons, 2 Sept. 1844, 5:637–638; Clayton, Journal, 8 Aug. 1844; Woodruff, Journal, 8 Aug. 1844; “October Conference Minutes,” Times and Seasons, 1 Nov. 1844, 5:692.

-[ Municipal court in the eve on a case of assault & Battery.]-343

A fight at a singing school in Nauvoo two days earlier resulted in two separate lawsuits between the parties involved. According to William Clayton, Josiah Simpson began the fight by attacking Stephen Goddard, William Cahoon, and William Riley. Goddard pressed charges on 3 February, and Simpson was fined three dollars plus court costs for assaulting Goddard. Simpson, in turn, charged Goddard, Cahoon, and Riley with assault and battery. The charge against Cahoon was dismissed, and a judgment was later made against Goddard and Riley for three dollars each and court costs. (Clayton, Journal, 2, 3, 4, and 6 Feb. 1843; State of Illinois v. Goddard et al. [Nauvoo Mun. Ct. 1843], Nauvoo Municipal Court Docket Book, 17–19 [second numbering].)  


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4 February 1843 • Saturday

Saturday Feb— 4th. 1843  at home— 1 o clock P.M.  attended the General city Election  caucus at the Temple, where all  things were amicably settled  & mutual good feelings were restored  to all parties. Bro [Benjamin] Clapp made a  public confession. for the speech  which he made at a former caucus340

Clapp was the chief speaker at a caucus held three days earlier. (JS, Journal, 2 Feb. 1843.)  


 <4¼> told Amasa Lyman

30 Mar. 1813–4 Feb. 1877. Boatman, gunsmith, farmer. Born at Lyman, Grafton Co., New Hampshire. Son of Boswell Lyman and Martha Mason. Baptized into LDS church by Lyman E. Johnson, 27 Apr. 1832. Moved to Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, May–June 1832. Ordained an...

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he had restord  Orson Pratt

19 Sept. 1811–3 Oct. 1881. Farmer, writer, teacher, merchant, surveyor, editor, publisher. Born at Hartford, Washington Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Moved to New Lebanon, Columbia Co., New York, 1814; to Canaan, Columbia Co., fall...

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to his former standing, that  he had concluded to make Amasa  councillr to the fir[s]t Presidency.—341

Following the excommunication of Orson Pratt on 20 August 1842, Lyman was “ordained an apostle in his place.”a He functioned as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve during the five-month interim between Pratt’s excommunication and his rebaptism and reinstatement in the quorum, though Lyman was not sustained to a formal position in the quorum by the membership of the church. After Pratt was rebaptized 20 January 1843 and ordained “to all the authority. of his former office,”b Lyman ceased to function as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and was appointed as a counselor to the First Presidency.c While Lyman was not sustained to this position in subsequent conferences, he was recognized as having been a counselor in the First Presidency by those present at the 8 August 1844 special meeting following JS’s death. At that meeting, Lyman was sustained as a counselor to the Twelve and in the October 1844 general conference as “one of the Twelve, just in the same relationship as he [was] sustained to the first presidency.”d  


aHistorian’s Office, JS History, draft notes, 20 Jan. 1843; Amasa Lyman, Great Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, to Wilford Woodruff, 23 Aug. 1866, Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1858–1880, CHL.

bJS, Journal, 20 Jan. 1843.

cWoodruff, Journal, [20] Jan. 1843.

d“Special Meeting,” Times and Seasons, 2 Sept. 1844, 5:637–638; Clayton, Journal, 8 Aug. 1844; Woodruff, Journal, 8 Aug. 1844; “October Conference Minutes,” Times and Seasons, 1 Nov. 1844, 5:692.

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TEXT: Blue ink commences.  


-[council Municipal court in the eve on  a case of assault & Battery.]-343

A fight at a singing school in Nauvoo two days earlier resulted in two separate lawsuits between the parties involved. According to William Clayton, Josiah Simpson began the fight by attacking Stephen Goddard, William Cahoon, and William Riley. Goddard pressed charges on 3 February, and Simpson was fined three dollars plus court costs for assaulting Goddard. Simpson, in turn, charged Goddard, Cahoon, and Riley with assault and battery. The charge against Cahoon was dismissed, and a judgment was later made against Goddard and Riley for three dollars each and court costs. (Clayton, Journal, 2, 3, 4, and 6 Feb. 1843; State of Illinois v. Goddard et al. [Nauvoo Mun. Ct. 1843], Nauvoo Municipal Court Docket Book, 17–19 [second numbering].)  


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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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