Journal, September–October 1838

19 September 1838 • Wednesday

Wednesday 19th— At home in the morning for break fast, about 8 oclock.— also in for dinner  about 1 oclock and in the evening before bed time.

20 September 1838 • Thursday

Thursday 20th— At home from morning  untill about 10 oclock went out on  horseback & returned at about sunset  or rather before it— at home all evening

21 September 1838 • Friday

Friday 21rst— Saw him at home at breakfast

22 September 1838 • Saturday

Saturday 22nd— At home early in the morn[in]g  & at breakifast about 1/2 past 7 oclock  saw him ride out a horseback about 9 oclock.

23 September 1838 • Sunday

Sunday 23rd— At home & at meeting all the day  also saw him <at home> evening about 9 oclock.

24 September 1838 • Monday

Monday 24th— At home at breakfast  and before, Saw him ride out on horseback  about 1/2 past 8 oclock morn[in]g.
 Returned home about 5 oclock ev[en]ing

25 September 1838 • Tuesday

Tuesday 25th— At home for breakfast  about 8 oclock saw him go out a horseback  saw him again between 11 & 12 oclock  at which he was untill about 1/2 past 5 even[in]g  Saw him at home in evening about 1/2 past 6.

26 September 1838 • Wednesday

Wednesday 26th— At home morning early  also at breakfast between 7 & 8 oclock.  Saw him ride out on between 10 & eleven oclock  and saw him at home again 9 oclock evening

27 September 1838 • Thursday

Thursday 27th— At home before & at breakfast 8 oclk  saw him again at 4 oclock in the even[i]ng & between  5 and 6 oclock in the City.4

As JS resided within the boundaries platted for Far West, James Mulholland apparently meant that he had seen JS in or around the public square in the center of town.  

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JS, “Memorandum &c &c,” Journal, Sept.–Oct. 1838; handwriting of James Mulholland; 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 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 (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.
Comprehensive Works Cited



Historian’s Office. 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.
Comprehensive Works Cited



Johnson, Jeffery O. Register of the Joseph Smith Collection in the Church Archives, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1973.