History of the Word of Wisdom, Sep 11, 1849

-- Sep 11, 1849
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 11th I wrote two Letters to Nathan & Thomas F. Eldridge & John Luce care of Benjamin Knowlton. Brother Sweat left for home to day. Brother Boynton & Richery took tea with me. (1)

-- Sep 17, 1849
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 17th It was a cloudy day. I went & gatherd some herbs in the fore part of the day And went to fishing in the Afternoon. We caught 20 Pickerell & about the same Number of other fish. (1)

-- Dec 14, 1849
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 14th In Company with Elder David Turner I took Cars. Rode to Summerville to Preach. Also to Baptize Mr Isaac Moorehouse.

But when I arived I found He had been on A Drunken spree with two Irishmen Patrick Burnes And Another man at Mr Burns House which finally resulted in the murder of one of the Irishmen. Burns knocked the other man down & stamped on his breast untill He killed him under the following Circumstances: Moorehouse gave Burnes 1 Bill to go & buy some liquor. He gave the $1 to the other Irishman to go on the errand. He Pocketed the money & would not go Burns then Knocked him down Stamped on his breast untill He Could not speak. He then left him lying on the floor with the Blood running out of his mouth.

Burns then looked up Moorehouse in his house for two days. Said He would kill him also if [he] stired out of the house or reported against him in any way. The 2d day Moorehouse got out. The man died soon after He left. Moorehouse reported the case. Burnes & wife were both imprisioned. The Jury brought in A verdict of murder & Moorehouse will be the witness in the trial. But Moorehouse was miserable fearing that Burnes & wife would sware the Murder upon him. I did not baptize him of course, But preached at Brother Turners to A full House & spent the night. 40. (1)

-- Jan 6, 1850
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 6th Sunday I preached to the Saints in Bradford. Had a good time. Took tea with Br Burbank. I spent the night with Elder G J Hardy. (1)

-- During January 1850
The self-designated "State of Deseret" provided essential government services in the Great Basin. A bicameral General Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) met in January 1850 and intermittently thereafter to enact ordinances having the force of law. .... Taxes on property and liquor were authorized, gambling was suppressed, and the use of water, timber, and other natural resources was regulated. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was incorporated, as were the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company and the University of Deseret. (2)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Deseret, http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/d/DESERET.html

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