History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
<Monday Decr. 25> was liberated from his imprisonment <in > by <, this was no doubt on account of our vigilance in communicating with the & <endeavoring to> prosecuting <prosecute> the kidnappers & continually making public the conduct of .>
Warm day— rain in eve—
From the Millenial Star “We have much pleasure (page 15) on this point”
<26> At home I rejoiced this day that had returned from the clutches of & that God had delivered him out of their hands <bro also arrived about dusk this evening.> and the Missourians have no longer the pleasure of exulting over any Mormon victims for the present, but their blood thirstyness will not long be satisfied unless they seek up another victim on whom to glut their malice & vengeance
3 p m I related to & my commencement in receiving revelations said he was almost persuaded to be one with me— I replied I would to God he were not only almost, but altogether
at 4 p m I met with the City Council
Having selected 40 men to act as <City> Policemen— they met with the Council & were sworn into office— <(see 4 sheets in [Jonathan] Grimshaws writing)> I made lengthy remarks <giving them instructions concerning the duties of their office,> & promised them, that if they would do as I told them the day was nigh at hand when if a person went out at night & enquired who is on guard— if they were told it was one of the Old Police, they would reply it is all right, we are safe & can go to bed again—
<enquire [illegible] for the names (see 86a)> [p. 89]
TEXT: Following this page, there is a four-page insertion (numbered “86a”, “87b”, “88c”, and “89d”), with two additional inserted pages (one unnumbered and the other numbered “88c2”), recording the minutes from the Nauvoo City Council.