Joseph Smith Jr.

On This Day

Summer 1829

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 19, a revelation to Martin Harris concerning repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Martin was commanded to pay the debt that he had contracted with the printer for the publication of the Book of Mormon.

August 21, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith sent Dr. Frederick G. Williams to Cleveland, Ohio, to administer to those who were sick with cholera.

August 1835

Joseph Smith visited Michigan; he returned to Kirtland on August 23, 1835.

August 1837

Joseph Smith spent most of August in Canada, where he preached, baptized, blessed the Saints, and strengthened the branches.

August Term, 1840

Boone County, Missouri—
State of Missouri v. Smith et al. (Boone Co. Circuit Court): The Boone County prosecuting attorney filed a nolle prosequi (meaning the prosecutor intended to proceed no further) in the treason case against Joseph Smith. This was a dismissal without prejudice, meaning the prosecutor was free to later change his mind. When these charges were revivied in 1842, the State of Missouri began again with a new indictment by a new grand jury.

August 21, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith received a letter written by Mr. J. Hall of Independence, Missouri, "breathing hard things against us as a people," which he forwarded along with some additional remarks to Illinois Governor Thomas Ford.
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November 2, 1845

Nauvoo, Illinois—
In speaking of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, Robert D. Foster told Abraham Hodge: "I haven't seen one moment's peace since that time. . . . The thought of meeting Joseph and Hyrum Smith at the bar of God is more awful to me than anything else."  

January 1846

Hancock County, Illinois—
Almon W. Babbitt, Guardian for heirs of Edward Lawrence v. Smith and Coolidge: Babbitt filed a new action, adding Sarah and Maria Lawrence as co-petitioners. Babbitt filed only against the estates of Joseph Smith and Hyrum.  

May 19, 1846

Hancock County, Illinois—
Almon W. Babbitt, Guardian for heirs of Edward Lawrence v. Smith and Coolidge: The case was tried. Mary Fielding Smith and Joseph Coolidge failed to appear. After hearing evidence of damages, judgment was rendered against each estate for $4,275.88 plus court costs. It does not appear that Babbit made any effort to execute on the judgments.

August 8, 1848

Carthage, Illinois—
John M. Ferris was appointed administrator of Joseph Smith's estate, following the appointments of Emma Smith (in July 1844) and of Joseph Coolidge (on September 19, 1844).

August 19 and December 4, 1850

Springfield, Illinois—
United States v. Smith: The United States brought actions against the estate of Joseph Smith and 104 defendants for nonpayment of the 1840 debt to Robert E. Lee for the purchase of the steamboat Nauvoo. No fraud was found, but foreclosures were permitted by Judge Thomas Drummond against nearly 4,000 acres originally owned by Joseph Smith. Four public sales were conducted locally through July 17, 1852.


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