History Draft [1 January–21 June 1844]

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4 January 1844 • Thursday • Second of two entries
<​Thursday 4​> <​(to come in page 1)​> I took dinner in the North room, and was remarking to what a kind provident Wife I had, that when I wanted a little bread and milk, she would load the table with so many good things, it would destroy my appetite. At this moment came in while in continuation of the conversation said “You must do as Buonaparte did, have a little table, just large enough for yourself, and your order thereon <​for the victuals you want yourself.​> replied “Mr. Smith is a bigger man than Buonaparte, he can never eat without his friends”. I remarked that is the wisest thing I ever heard you say.
5 January 1844 • Friday • Second of two entries
<​5​> <​(see page 1)​> at 5 p m made out Commissions <​appointments​> as Lieutt. Genl. of appointing <​appointed​> & to be my Aides <​in the Staff of the Nauvoo Legion.​>
A number of Gentleman <​Gentlemen​> boarding at my house desiring <​when​> conversing with me on National affairs. I sent for who came & read my letter to , with which they were highly edified
went to for the purpose of instructing the Saints.
Commenced snowing a little before sunset— & continued all night
6 January 1844 • Saturday
<​6​> The Snow being about 4 inches deep I rode out with in a Sleigh.
The & met at ’s hall ◊◊◊◊◊◊ied the whole of the Upper part of the House
7 January 1844 • Sunday
<​Sunday 7​> At home in the morning— in the Afternoon rode out to my and <​preached in​> brother ’s house.
The attended meetings <​and preached​> in different parts of the . & preached to the brethren.
at 6 p m attended prayer meeting <​with the ​> in the Assembly room. & absent.
8 January 1844 • Monday
<​8​> At home in the morning[.] at 11 went to my to investigate a difficulty between & his Wife. she had abused him & choked him <​when he was very sick​> & if it had not been for some of his neighbors providentially going into the house she would have strangled him— after laboring with them about 2 hours brought about a reconciliation
I also had an interview with in the Streets
My Uncle arrived <​visited me​> from
arrived from
9 January 1844 • Tuesday
<​9​> At home
I insert the following from the Neighbor as a specimen of the respect <​which​> the mob has for law or justice—
Disgraceful affair at On Tuesday last (page 146) magnified”
10 January 1844 • Wednesday
<​10​> At home— Uncle a Enjoyed myself well in an interview with the brethren and concluded to take a ride part <​way​> with him <​my ​> on his return to
In consequence of a visit from <​of​> <​from​> some gentlemen of , I called the City Council together at 7 p.m. I copy the minutes— <​(see 2a J G’s [Jonathan Grimshaw’s] handwriting)​>
Wrote a letter to to inform him of what the City Council had done. I received a bombastical <​long equivocating​> letter from , charging me with having slandered his character, and demanding a public trial before the . It contained <​It contained​> no denial of the charges which he accuses me of having spoken against him, but is full of bombast. [p. 2]
4 January 1844 • Thursday • Second of two entries
Thursday 4 (to come in page 1) I took dinner in the North room, and was remarking to what a kind provident Wife I had, that when I wanted a little bread and milk, she would load the table with so many good things, it would destroy my appetite. At this moment came in while in continuation of the conversation said “You must do as Buonaparte did, have a little table, just large enough for the victuals you want yourself. replied “Mr. Smith is a bigger man than Buonaparte, he can never eat without his friends”. I remarked that is the wisest thing I ever heard you say.
5 January 1844 • Friday • Second of two entries
5 (see page 1) at 5 p m appointed & to be my Aides in the Staff of the Nauvoo Legion.
A number of Gentlemen boarding at my house when conversing with me on National affairs. I sent for who came & read my letter to , with which they were highly edified
went to for the purpose of instructing the Saints.
Commenced snowing a little before sunset— & continued all night
6 January 1844 • Saturday
6 Snow about 4 inches deep I rode out with in a Sleigh.
The & met at ’s hall
7 January 1844 • Sunday
Sunday 7 At home in the morning— in the Afternoon rode out to my and preached in brother ’s house.
The attended meetings and preached in different parts of the .
at 6 p m attended prayer meeting with the in the Assembly room. & absent.
8 January 1844 • Monday
8 At home in the morning. at 11 went to my to investigate a difficulty between & his Wife. — after laboring with them about 2 hours brought about a reconciliation
I also had an interview with in the Streets
My Uncle visited me from
arrived from
9 January 1844 • Tuesday
9 At home
I insert the following from the Neighbor as a specimen of the respect which the mob has for law or justice—
Disgraceful affair at On Tuesday last (page 146) magnified”
10 January 1844 • Wednesday
10 At home— Uncle a Enjoyed myself well in an interview with the brethren and concluded to take a ride part way with my on his return to
In consequence of a visit of from some gentlemen of , I called the City Council together at 7 p.m. I copy the minutes— (see 2a J G’s Jonathan Grimshaw’s handwriting)
Wrote a letter to to inform him of what the City Council had done. I received a long equivocating letter from , charging me with having slandered his character, and demanding a public trial before the . It contained no denial of the charges which he accuses me of having spoken against him, but is full of bombast. [p. 2]
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