History of the Word of Wisdom, Tuesday, Jan 11, 1881

-- Tuesday, Jan 11, 1881
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

I went to the City Council. We had various kinds of business. A franchise was granted to a Lighting and Heating Co. and a Petition of seven thousand people was received asking the City Council to curtain the Liquor trade. (1)

-- Apr 16, 1881
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 16 I receivd 6 Letters to day from Dr Ormsby, David, J M McAllister A Carrington & Prisby. I took an Alcohol swet By J G Bleak. (2)

-- During Jun 1881
William H. Kelley interviews: Mary Bryant: Lyman Cowdery helped write Morga's anti-Mason book and was a law pettifogger (taking small cases) and a cats-paw for the Smiths, doing their dirty work. Ezra Pierce (born 1800): Pulled sticks with Joseph Smith for a gallon of brandy; Abel Chase's sister also had a seer stone. Orlando Saunders (Lorenzo's brother): Joseph Smith worked for him many a time. Abel Chase (Willard's son): The Smiths were superstitious and shiftless; the stone belonged to Mason and Mrs. Smith got it from their Mother; also, their sister had and used a different seer stone. (3)

-- Wednesday, Sep 7, 1881
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

7 p.m. I went to the City Council. The Liquor Ordinance was passed and the City Assessment approved. (1)

-- Sep 7, 1881
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Sept 7, 1881 I met in Council to day. The Case of the Liquor in Brigham City was taken up and the committee felt that they had nothing to do upon [-] such matters. It was left to the Authorities of Brigham City. The presidency felt that they had Enough to do to attend to the Kingdom of God without attending to the local affairs of the various towns & wards of the Church. (2)

1 - Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"

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