History of the Word of Wisdom, Jun 27, 1843

-- Jun 27, 1843
In the afternoon Joseph meets the first of the men on horseback from Nauvoo. Letting his tears go, Joseph cries, "I am not going to Missouri this time. These are my boys." These men have all been riding frantically from Nauvoo, sometimes forcing whiskey down their horses' throats just to keep them going. Emma and the children reach Nauvoo at night. (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 5:451-52; Donna Hill, Joseph Smith: The First Mormon 328.) (1)

-- Jul 22, 1843
[Brigham Young] --22-- We took the steamer Adelaide for Pittsburgh, and on the 27th left the Adelaide on a sand bar and took stage at Bridgewater for the city; stopped at the town of Economy, founded by Mr. Rapp, upon the common stock principle.

On our arrival at Pittsburgh Brother Small informed us there was a Latter-day Saint meeting at the Temperance Hall; we went there, and found Elders H. [Heber] C. Kimball, O. [Orson] Pratt and J. [John] E. Page. Elder Page was preaching; he hammered the sectarian churches unmercifully. He informed the people of our arrival, which made six of the Quorum of the Twelve in that city. (2)

-- Jul 31, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, July 31 st Wilson Law and E[benezer] Robinson started for Chicago with W[illia]m Marks. Went on the Prairie. Newell Nurse called to get Joel Bullard confined. He is threatening, drinking, and probably delirious at first. (3)

-- Aug 13, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] ...The city is enlarging very fast. We have so many learned men in this city and the height of knowledge is not [sufficient] to know enough to keep out of the way. I have been ferretting out grog shops, groceries, and beer barrels.

Mr. Bagby[, county tax collector out] of Carthage, who has exercised more despotic power over the inhabitants of this city than any despot of the Eastern country I met. He gave me some abusive language [and] took up a stone to throw at me. I siezed him by the throat to choke him off. ... (3)

-- Aug 13, 1843. Sunday.
[William Clayton Journal] ... [Joseph Smith spoke] of the Grog and Beer shops and said he should rip them up. ... (4)

1 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
2 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
3 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries
4 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://amzn.to/william-clayton

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