Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Editorial Note
After moving in with JS and his family on 13 January 1843, was able to more closely observe and record JS’s daily activities than before. The heading “Journal of President Joseph” preceding the next entry may indicate that by this point Richards had written most of the retrospective entries he intended to record and that he had a better idea of his role as “Scribe for the private office of the President.”

Journal of President Joseph

15 January 1842 • Saturday

<Saturday> January 15. Commenced reading the Book of Mormon at page 54. <American> stereotype  edition, (the previous pages having been corrected) for the purpose of correcting  the plates, or some errors which escaped notice in the first edition.

16 January 1842 • Sunday

Sabbath. 16 Preached at his own house. morning evening. illustrating the nature  of sin, and shewing that it is not right to sin that grace may abound.

17 January 1842 • Monday • Third of Three Entries

Monday 17. Was transacting business in the city. procuring means to assist the  printer &c. dined, in company with the , at. Sister ’s; and attended, council of the twelve, (present. .  Prst.— . . . .  & .) at his private . in the evening.

18 January 1842 • Tuesday

Tuesday 18 After transacting a variety of business. sleeping an hour from  Bodily infirmity. read for correction in the Book of Mormon  and Debated, in the evening, with they the Mayor. concerning  the. Lamanites.— and Negroes.—

19 January 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 19 Read in the Book of Mormon, and in the evening  visited s Wife. who was very sick  and the absent.— collecting funds for building  the &

20 January 1842 • Thursday

Thursday 20 Attended a Special conference of the church at Bro [blank]  10 o’clok A.M. concerning , The conference voted  to sanction the revocation of ’s Agency dated the  18th of January. as published in the “Times and Seasons.” and  also, instructed the Trustee in Trust. To proceed with s affairs in relatian to the church. as he shall  Judge most expedient,— 6.—<o’k> evening attended a special  council in the upper Room of the .

21 January 1842 • Friday

Friday 21 Reading at the , General business in & city. in  the in the evening with & , inter preting dreams &c.—

22 January 1842 • Saturday

Saturday 22 Was very busy in appraising Tything property. and in  the evening revised the rules of the City council, attend[e]d  council & spoke on their adoption. and was Elected  vice Mayor pro-tem of . 18 to of 21. votes. [p. 58]

Editorial Note
After moving in with JS and his family on 13 January 1843, was able to more closely observe and record JS’s daily activities than before. The heading “Journal of President Joseph” preceding the next entry may indicate that by this point Richards had written most of the retrospective entries he intended to record and that he had a better idea of his role as “Scribe for the private office of the President.”

Journal of President Joseph

15 January 1842 • Saturday

Saturday January 15. Commenced reading the Book of Mormon at page 54. American stereotype edition, (the previous pages having been corrected) for the purpose of correcting the plates, or some errors which escaped notice in the first edition.

16 January 1842 • Sunday

Sabbath. 16 Preached at his own house. morning evening. illustrating the nature of sin, and shewing that it is not right to sin that grace may abound.

17 January 1842 • Monday • Third of Three Entries

Monday 17. Was transacting business in the city. procuring means to assist the printer &c. dined, in company with the , at. Sister ’s; and attended, council of the twelve, (present. . Prst.— . . . . & .) at his private . in the evening.

18 January 1842 • Tuesday

Tuesday 18 After transacting a variety of business. sleeping an hour from Bodily infirmity. read for correction in the Book of Mormon and Debated, in the evening, with the Mayor. concerning the. Lamanites.— and Negroes.—

19 January 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 19 Read in the Book of Mormon, and in the evening visited s Wife. who was very sick and the absent.— collecting funds for building the &

20 January 1842 • Thursday

Thursday 20 Attended a Special conference of the church at Bro [blank] 10 o’clok A.M. concerning , The conference voted to sanction the revocation of ’s Agency dated the 18th of January. as published in the “Times and Seasons.” and also, instructed the Trustee in Trust. To proceed with s affairs in relatian to the church. as he shall Judge most expedient,— 6.—o’k evening attended a special council in the upper Room of the .

21 January 1842 • Friday

Friday 21 Reading at the , General business in & city. in the in the evening with & , interpreting dreams &c.—

22 January 1842 • Saturday

Saturday 22 Was very busy in appraising Tything property. and in the evening revised the rules of the City council, attended council & spoke on their adoption. and was Elected vice Mayor pro-tem of . 18 of 21. votes. [p. 58]
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