Journal, December 1841–December 1842

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  • Historical Introduction
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6 October 1842 • Thursday
Thursday 6th. This day is better, and although it is the day on which she generally grows worse yet she appears considerably easier. May the Lord speedily raise her to the bosom of her family that the heart of his servant may be comforted. Amen. Prest. Joseph is comfortable to day.—
7 October 1842 • Friday
Friday 7th. This A.M. E’r [Elder] stated about the same things as were stated by two days ago, and also that he had been informed that many of the Missourians were coming to unite with the Militia of this , voluntarily and at their own expense; so that after the court rises at if they dont take Prest Joseph there; they will come and search the city &c. It is likely that this is only report.
is some better.— Prest. Joseph is cheerful and well.
From the situation and appearance of things abroad President Joseph concluded to leave home, for a short season untill there should be some change in the proceedings of our enemies; accordingly at 20 minutes after 8 o clock P.M. he started away in company with brothers , and and . They travelled through the night and part of next day and after a tedious journey arrived at bro. [blank] s well and in good spirits, where he intends to tarry at present.

Editorial Note
In an effort to avoid arrest for his alleged role in the assault on , JS spent most of the next three weeks in hiding at the home of on the Henderson River some thirty miles or more northeast of . Because JS’s clerks were not present, very little was recorded of his activities during this period.

10 October 1842 • Monday
Monday 10th. returned bringing favorable reports concerning Prest. Josephs health, spirits &c. is yet gaining slowly.
15 October 1842 • Saturday
Saturday 15th. Bro. arrived with favorable intelligence from the president. He is well and comfortable.—
20 October 1842 • Thursday
Thursday 20th. Early this A.M. President Joseph arrived at home on a visit to his family. During the day he was visited by several of the brethren, who rejoiced to see him once more. is still getting better and is able to attend to a little business having this day closed contract, and received pay for a quarter Section of Land of brother Job V. Barnum.
21 October 1842 • Friday
Friday 21st. This evening President Joseph returned in company with to s, judging it wisdom to keep out of the way of his enemies a while longer at least; although all is peace and quiet and a prospect that his enemies will not trouble him much more.
23 October 1842 • Sunday
Sunday 23rd. This day the Committee laid before the Saints the propriety and advantages of laying a temporary floor on the that the brethren could henceforth meet in the to Worship instead of meeting in the grove. This was the instructions of President Joseph: The saints seemed to rejoice at this privilege very much. [p. 207]
6 October 1842 • Thursday
Thursday 6th. This day is better, and although it is the day on which she generally grows worse yet she appears considerably easier. May the Lord speedily raise her to the bosom of her family that the heart of his servant may be comforted. Amen. Prest. Joseph is comfortable to day.—
7 October 1842 • Friday
Friday 7th. This A.M. E’r Elder stated about the same things as were stated by two days ago, and also that he had been informed that many of the Missourians were coming to unite with the Militia of this , voluntarily and at their own expense; so that after the court rises at if they dont take Prest Joseph there; they will come and search the city &c. It is likely that this is only report.
is some better.— Prest. Joseph is cheerful and well.
From the situation and appearance of things abroad President Joseph concluded to leave home, for a short season untill there should be some change in the proceedings of our enemies; accordingly at 20 minutes after 8 o clock P.M. he started away in company with brothers , and and . They travelled through the night and part of next day and after a tedious journey arrived at bro. [blank] s well and in good spirits, where he intends to tarry at present.

Editorial Note
In an effort to avoid arrest for his alleged role in the assault on , JS spent most of the next three weeks in hiding at the home of on the Henderson River some thirty miles or more northeast of . Because JS’s clerks were not present, very little was recorded of his activities during this period.

10 October 1842 • Monday
Monday 10th. returned bringing favorable reports concerning Prest. Josephs health, spirits &c. is yet gaining slowly.
15 October 1842 • Saturday
Saturday 15th. Bro. arrived with favorable intelligence from the president. He is well and comfortable.—
20 October 1842 • Thursday
Thursday 20th. Early this A.M. President Joseph arrived at home on a visit to his family. During the day he was visited by several of the brethren, who rejoiced to see him once more. is still getting better and is able to attend to a little business having this day closed contract, and received pay for a quarter Section of Land of brother Job V. Barnum.
21 October 1842 • Friday
Friday 21st. This evening President Joseph returned in company with to s, judging it wisdom to keep out of the way of his enemies a while longer at least; although all is peace and quiet and a prospect that his enemies will not trouble him much more.
23 October 1842 • Sunday
Sunday 23rd. This day the Committee laid before the Saints the propriety and advantages of laying a temporary floor on the that the brethren could henceforth meet in the to Worship instead of meeting in the grove. This was the instructions of President Joseph: The saints seemed to rejoice at this privilege very much. [p. 207]
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