Journal, December 1842–June 1844; Book 4, 1 March–22 June 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page [156]
image

Editorial Note
On 14 June 1844, JS’s clerk and confidante began a record, centered on JS and his activities, that parallels ’s official JS diary. Whether Clayton kept this account on his own initiative or by assignment is unknown, but JS is clearly the subject of the entries, which are different and apart from the entries in Clayton’s own diary. Like JS’s diary that Richards kept, Clayton’s record ends with an entry for 22 June, the day before JS left , Illinois, for to avoid arrest. Several of Clayton’s entries for JS’s final week in Nauvoo contain more detail than the corresponding entries in the diary featured here, and the entire record is an important firsthand account of JS’s activities during the nine days that preceded his departure. Clayton’s record is reproduced in Appendix 4.

14 June 1844 • Friday
Friday June 14— 1844. wrote to expla[i]ning ab[o]ut the removal of the Nauvo[o] Expositor—— also wrote the & Dr wrote.— all of which are on file—— Read doings of city cou[n]cil to <​said [stayed?] till after dinnr—​> & gave him vol of tim[e]s & Seasons
4 about 4 P.M rode out with ——
clear <​Pleasant​> and warm towa[r]ds night some c[l]ouds—
was tried for for firing Printing officce but acquittd before . J. P. [justice of the peace] [5 lines blank] [p. [156]]

Editorial Note
On 14 June 1844, JS’s clerk and confidante began a record, centered on JS and his activities, that parallels ’s official JS diary. Whether Clayton kept this account on his own initiative or by assignment is unknown, but JS is clearly the subject of the entries, which are different and apart from the entries in Clayton’s own diary. Like JS’s diary that Richards kept, Clayton’s record ends with an entry for 22 June, the day before JS left , Illinois, for to avoid arrest. Several of Clayton’s entries for JS’s final week in Nauvoo contain more detail than the corresponding entries in the diary featured here, and the entire record is an important firsthand account of JS’s activities during the nine days that preceded his departure. Clayton’s record is reproduced in Appendix 4.

14 June 1844 • Friday
Friday June 14— 1844. wrote to explaining about the removal of the Nauvoo Expositor—— also wrote the & Dr wrote.— all of which are on file—— Read doings of city council to said stayed till after dinnr— & gave him vol of times & Seasons
about 4 P.M rode out with ——
Pleasant and warm towards night some clouds—
was tried for firing Printing officce but acquittd before . J. P. justice of the peace [5 lines blank] [p. [156]]
Page [156]