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Journal, September–October 1838

Commenced to write for President
Joseph Smith Junr
on Monday the 3rd September 1838
Memorandum &c &c

3 September 1838 • Monday

Monday Septr 3rd At home all or greater part of day

4 September 1838 • Tuesday

Tuesday 4th— Breakfast with him 1/2 past 7 oclock, at home for dinner a little before noon, & again in the evening between 5 & 6 oclock.

5 September 1838 • Wednesday

Wednesday 5th— At home for breakfast at 1/2 past 7 also for dinner from 1 to 2 oclock at home in the evening about 6 oclock.

6 September 1838 • Thursday

Thursday 6th— He left home a horseback 1/2 past 7. morning
At home again the evening before dark.

7 September 1838 • Friday

Friday 7th— Saw him leave home about sun rising and heard, and saw him at home between 10 and 11 oclock same night.

8 September 1838 • Saturday

Saturday 8th--- At home about 8 oclock morn at home between 2 & 3 oclock Afternoon.

9–13 September 1838 • Sunday–Thursday

No memorandum from 8th to 14

14 September 1838 • Friday

Friday 14th— At home about 3 P.M & all the evening.

15 September 1838 • Saturday

Saturday 15th— At home early in morning for breakfast & dinener say 9 & 2 oclock

16 September 1838 • Sunday

Sunday 16th— At home all day

17 September 1838 • Monday

Monday 17th Saw him early morning
again at 9 oclock forenoon
also afternoon

18 September 1838 • Tuesday

Tuesday 18— At home all day & unwell. in better health towards evening. [p. [3]]
Commenced to write for President
Joseph Smith Junr
on Monday the 3rd September 1838
Memorandum &c &c

3 September 1838 • Monday

Monday Septr 3rd At home all or greater part of day

4 September 1838 • Tuesday

Tuesday 4th— Breakfast with him 1/2 past 7  oclock, dined at home for dinner a little  before noon, & again in the even[in]g between  5 & 6 oclock.

5 September 1838 • Wednesday

Wednesday 5th— At home for breakfast at 1/2 past 7  also for dinner from 1 to 2 oclock at home  in the evening about 6 oclock.

6 September 1838 • Thursday

Thursday 6thHe rode out on Horseback  He left home a horseback 1/2 past 7. morn[in]g  
At home again the even[in]g before dark.1

JS traveled to Daviess County, Missouri, with others to appear at a preliminary hearing to assess accusations of Adam Black and William Peniston relative to the incident at the Black residence. Because Black, the complainant, did not appear, the hearing was rescheduled for the following day. (JS, Journal, 6 Sept. 1838.)  


7 September 1838 • Friday

Friday 7th— Saw him leave home about sun rising  and heard, and saw him at home between  10 and 11 oclock same night.2

As on the previous day, JS traveled to Daviess County with others to appear at a preliminary hearing. (JS, Journal, 7 Sept. 1838.)  


8 September 1838 • Saturday

Saturday 8th--- At home about 8 oclock morn  at home between 2 & 3 oclock Afternoon.

9–13 September 1838 • Sunday–Thursday

No memorandum from 8th to 143

This week marked an escalation of tensions in northwestern Missouri. On the evening of 8 September, the Latter-day Saints received news that enemies in Daviess County were preparing to attack Adam-ondi-Ahman. A group of Mormon men left for Daviess County that night and the next day to aid the Latter-day Saints there. Also on 9 September, Latter-day Saints from Caldwell County intercepted and detained three men carrying a shipment of rifles from Ray County to Daviess County to reinforce vigilantes there. General David R. Atchison ordered eight companies of Missouri militia from Clay and Ray counties to ride to Caldwell and Daviess counties to intervene between the armed antagonists and enforce the law. (JS, Journal, 8 and 9 Sept. 1838; Baugh, “Call to Arms,” 125–127, 132–135.)  


14 September 1838 • Friday

Friday 14th— At home about 3 P.M &  all the evening.

15 September 1838 • Saturday

Saturday 15th— At home early in morning  for breakfast & dinener  say 9 & 2 oclock

16 September 1838 • Sunday

Sunday 16th— At home all day

17 September 1838 • Monday

Monday 17th Saw him early morning
again at 9 oclock forenoon
also afternoon

18 September 1838 • Tuesday

Tuesday 18— At home all day & unwell.  in better health towards evening. [p. [3]]
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JS, “Memorandum &c &c,” Journal, Sept.–Oct. 1838; handwriting of James Mulholland

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

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; three pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes redactions and archival marking.
Makeshift notebook, 10 x 4 inches (25 x 10 cm). Six 10 x 8 inch (25 x 20 cm) sheets of canary-yellow endpapers folded lengthwise to make this notebook of twelve leaves (twenty-four pages). On pages 1 and 2, James Mulholland

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

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wrote notes and indexlike references to the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants—probably for personal use. On pages 3 through 5, Mulholland kept JS’s journal in black ink that later turned brown. Upside down at the bottom of page 5 is a personal notation by Mulholland: “An acct of my labors last fall [autumn 1838] I have received pay for 2 month at $20 pr— $40”. The back cover of the manuscript bears two inscriptions in black ink, now turned brown. Near the top, the following is written in large characters in Mulholland’s handwriting: “James Mulholland | M —— | Joseph Smith | S — | Joural”. The characters symbolically transcribed here as dashes are Mulholland’s ditto marks, with “M ——” standing for Mulholland and “S —” for Smith. Above this, in much smaller characters, is written “Septr. 3. 1838”. Written sideways in the middle of the page near the outside edge is the notation “James Mulholland | vs | Joseph Smith | 1838”. These two inscriptions may also be in Mulholland’s handwriting. Creases in the document show that it has been evenly folded in two places to reduce it to pocket size. Having the document on his person would have facilitated Mulholland’s ability to track JS’s whereabouts to within the hour.
The first page of the notebook bore a small, round seal of orange wax (now removed). When folded, the inscriptions noted above were evidently the outside cover titles. Needle holes along the spine indicate that at some point the document was sewn. Perhaps this journal, like the second JS journal kept by Mulholland

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

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(see next journal in this volume), was not sewn at the time of its original use. On pages 6 to 11, Mulholland later recorded his own activities in 1839. Textual redactions and use marks made in graphite pencil were added by later scribes who used the journal to produce the multivolume manuscript history of the church. The notebook also bears archival marking on page 18: “Mulholland, James | Journal kept for | Joseph Smith jun. | 1839” in ink and “A. J”—late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century assistant church historian Andrew Jenson—in graphite pencil.
This thin, unbound journal was probably among the miscellaneous documents collectively listed in Nauvoo and early Utah inventories of church records.1

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


Early inventories, Jenson’s archival notation, and recent archival records indicate that this journal—like the other JS journals—has remained in continuous church custody.2

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


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