History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<May 16> Several of the most widely circulated papers are beginning to exhibit Mormonism in its true light The first cut of a Fac simile from the Book of Abraham, has been republished both in the New York Herald, and in the Dollar Weekly Bostonian, as well as in the Boston Daily Ledger, Edited by Mr. Bartlett; together with the translation from the Book of Abraham.
17 May 1842 • Tuesday
<17> Tuesday 17. I was about home and at the through the day. In the evening went to Brother ’s to see of concerning a Quarter Section of Land.
“State of Illinois. City of . Personally appeared before me an Alderman of said City of , who being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith: that he never was taught any thing in the least contrary to the strictest principles of the Gospel, or of virtue, or of the laws of God, or man, under any circumstances or upon any occasion either directly or indirectly, in word or deed by Joseph Smith; and that he never knew the said Smith to countenance any improper conduct whatever, either in public or private; and that he never did teach to me in private that an illegal illicit intercourse with females, was, under any circumstances, justifiable; and that I never knew him so to teach others. — Sworn to, and subscribed before me, this 17th. day of May A.D. 1842. . Alderman.” [HC 5:11]
< resigned the office of Mayor of .>
18 May 1842 • Wednesday
<18> Wednesday 18 Rode on horseback accompanied by and to ’s, and searched out the N.E. Quarter Section 15. 6 N.8 W. and contracted for the refusal of the same at three dollars per acre, dined at s, visited &c which with business at the different offices closed the day.
There was a general representation of the branches in the Eastern States at a Conference of the Church at see Times and Seasons 844.
19 May 1842 • Thursday
<19> Thursday 19. It rained and I was at home until one o clock, when I attended a special session of the City Council, having discovered that his whoredoms and abominations were fast coming to light, and that the indignation of an insulted and abused people were rising rapidly against him, thought best to make a virtue of necessity, and try to make it appear that he was innocent, by resigning his Office of Mayor, which the Council most gladly accepted, and Joseph Smith was elected Mayor of the City of by the Council, and Vice Mayor. While the Election was going forward I received and wrote the following Revelation May 19. 1842
“Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph by the voice of my Spirit, has been insinuating evil, and forming evil opinions against you with others and if he continue in them, he and they shall be accursed, for I am the Lord thy God and will stand by thee, and bless thee— Amen.”
which I threw across the room to one of the Counsellors, after the election I spoke at some length concerning the evil reports which were abroad in the concerning myself and the necessity of counteracting the [HC 5:12] designs of our enemies, establishing a night watch &c, whereupon the Council resolved that the Mayor be authorized to establish a night watch, and [p. 1334]
May 16 Several of the most widely circulated papers are beginning to exhibit Mormonism in its true light The first cut of a Fac simile from the Book of Abraham, has been republished both in the New York Herald, and in the Dollar Weekly Bostonian, as well as in the Boston Daily Ledger, Edited by Mr. Bartlett; together with the translation from the Book of Abraham.
17 May 1842 • Tuesday
17 Tuesday 17. I was about home and at the through the day. In the evening went to Brother ’s to see of concerning a Quarter Section of Land.
“State of Illinois. City of . Personally appeared before me an Alderman of said City of , who being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith: that he never was taught any thing in the least contrary to the strictest principles of the Gospel, or of virtue, or of the laws of God, or man, under any circumstances or upon any occasion either directly or indirectly, in word or deed by Joseph Smith; and that he never knew the said Smith to countenance any improper conduct whatever, either in public or private; and that he never did teach to me in private that an illegal illicit intercourse with females, was, under any circumstances, justifiable; and that I never knew him so to teach others. — Sworn to, and subscribed before me, this 17th. day of May A.D. 1842. . Alderman.” [HC 5:11]
resigned the office of Mayor of .
18 May 1842 • Wednesday
18 Wednesday 18 Rode on horseback accompanied by and to ’s, and searched out the N.E. Quarter Section 15. 6 N.8 W. and contracted for the refusal of the same at three dollars per acre, dined at s, visited &c which with business at the different offices closed the day.
There was a general representation of the branches in the Eastern States at a Conference of the Church at see Times and Seasons 844.
19 May 1842 • Thursday
19 Thursday 19. It rained and I was at home until one o clock, when I attended a special session of the City Council, having discovered that his whoredoms and abominations were fast coming to light, and that the indignation of an insulted and abused people were rising rapidly against him, thought best to make a virtue of necessity, and try to make it appear that he was innocent, by resigning his Office of Mayor, which the Council most gladly accepted, and Joseph Smith was elected Mayor of the City of by the Council, and Vice Mayor. While the Election was going forward I received and wrote the following Revelation May 19. 1842
“Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph by the voice of my Spirit, has been insinuating evil, and forming evil opinions against you with others and if he continue in them, he and they shall be accursed, for I am the Lord thy God and will stand by thee, and bless thee— Amen.”
which I threw across the room to one of the Counsellors, after the election I spoke at some length concerning the evil reports which were abroad in the concerning myself and the necessity of counteracting the [HC 5:12] designs of our enemies, establishing a night watch &c, whereupon the Council resolved that the Mayor be authorized to establish a night watch, and [p. 1334]
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