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Journal, September–October 1838

28 September 1838 • Friday

Friday 28th— At home for breakfast about 8 oclock. Saw him walk out about nine, saw him again between one and two at home all afternoon, saw him ride out about sunset.

29 September 1838 • Saturday

Saturday 29th— Did not see him untill about 3 oclock afternoon, saw him then come home a horseback—. at home all evening.

30 September 1838 • Sunday

Sunday 30th— At home for breakfast and utill until ten oclock, went from home at that time.

1 October 1838 • Monday

Monday 1rst October Not at home untill about 5 oclock afternoon, at home all the evening.

2 October 1838 • Tuesday

Tuesday 2nd.— At home for breakfast about 1/2 past 7 oclock saw him again in the evening about 1/2 past four oclock, again at supper about 1/2 past 6 oclock5

The Kirtland Camp, a group of over five hundred Latter-day Saints that left Kirtland, Ohio, in July 1838, traveled through Far West on this day en route to Adam-ondi-Ahman. JS’s history later recounted that he “went in company with Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, Isaac Morley, and George W. Robinson and met them some miles out and escorted them into the city.” They arrived in Far West about five o’clock that evening. (JS History, vol. B-1, 800–801, 831; see also Kirtland Camp, Journal, 2 Oct. 1838; and Tyler, “Daily Journal,” 2 and 4 Oct. 1838.)  


3 October 1838 • Wednesday

Wednesday 3rd— At home before and at breakfast also about one oclock afternoon.6

The Kirtland Camp resumed its journey to Adam-ondi-Ahman this morning. JS’s history later recounted that he and others “went with them, a mile or two” and then “returned from thence to the city, where [he] spent the remainder of the day.” (JS History, vol. B-1, 831; compare Tyler, “Daily Journal,” 3 Oct. 1838.)  


4 October 1838 • Thursday

Thursday 4th— Saw him at home about sunrise, all the forenoon, and at noon. In the evening again about 8 oclock.

5 October 1838 • Friday

Friday 5th— Saw him early in the morning say 7 oclock, again about 10 oclock, did not see him all the afternoon, understood that he went from home.

6 October 1838 • Saturday

Saturday 6th— [blank lines] 7

JS left Far West on 5 October to aid in the evacuation of Mormons from De Witt, Carroll County, arriving there the following day. He returned to Far West by 14 October. (JS, “Bill of Damages against the State of Missouri on Account of the Sufferings and Losses Sustained Therein,” Quincy, IL, 4 June 1839, JS Collection, CHL; see also Perkins, “Prelude to Expulsion,” 273–274; and Baugh, “Call to Arms,” 163–181.)  


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28 September 1838 • Friday

Friday 28th— At home for breakfast about  8 oclock. Saw him walk out about nine,  saw him again between one and two  at home all afternoon, saw him ride out  about sunset.

29 September 1838 • Saturday

Saturday 29th— Did not see him untill about  3 oclock afternoon, saw him then come home  a horseback—. at home all evening.

30 September 1838 • Sunday

Sunday 30th— At home for breakfast  and utill [until] ten oclock, went from home at that  time.

1 October 1838 • Monday

Monday 1rst October Not at home untill  about 5 oclock afternoon, at home all the evening.

2 October 1838 • Tuesday

Tuesday 2nd.— At home for breakfast about  1/2 past 7 oclock saw him again in the ev[en]ing  about 1/2 past four oclock, again at supper  about 1/2 past 6 oclock5

The Kirtland Camp, a group of over five hundred Latter-day Saints that left Kirtland, Ohio, in July 1838, traveled through Far West on this day en route to Adam-ondi-Ahman. JS’s history later recounted that he “went in company with Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, Isaac Morley, and George W. Robinson and met them some miles out and escorted them into the city.” They arrived in Far West about five o’clock that evening. (JS History, vol. B-1, 800–801, 831; see also Kirtland Camp, Journal, 2 Oct. 1838; and Tyler, “Daily Journal,” 2 and 4 Oct. 1838.)  


3 October 1838 • Wednesday

Wednesday 3rd— At home before and at breakfast  also about one oclock afternoon.6

The Kirtland Camp resumed its journey to Adam-ondi-Ahman this morning. JS’s history later recounted that he and others “went with them, a mile or two” and then “returned from thence to the city, where [he] spent the remainder of the day.” (JS History, vol. B-1, 831; compare Tyler, “Daily Journal,” 3 Oct. 1838.)  


4 October 1838 • Thursday

Thursday 4th— Saw him at home about sunrise,  all the forenoon, and at noon. In the evening  again about 8 oclock.

5 October 1838 • Friday

Friday 5th— Saw him early in the morning  say 7 oclock, again about 10 oclock, did not  see him all the afternoon, understood that he  went from home.

6 October 1838 • Saturday

Saturday 6th— [blank lines] 7

JS left Far West on 5 October to aid in the evacuation of Mormons from De Witt, Carroll County, arriving there the following day. He returned to Far West by 14 October. (JS, “Bill of Damages against the State of Missouri on Account of the Sufferings and Losses Sustained Therein,” Quincy, IL, 4 June 1839, JS Collection, CHL; see also Perkins, “Prelude to Expulsion,” 273–274; and Baugh, “Call to Arms,” 163–181.)  


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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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