August 11, 1842
Mississippi River between Nauvoo, Illinois, and Montrose, Iowa
Joseph Smith held a private council after dark with his wife Emma, his brother Hyrum, and a few others at the lower end of an island in the river. His legal position was discussed and lawyers were retained to represent him in Iowa and Illinois.
History of the Church, Joseph Smith, 5:89-90
History of the Church, Joseph Smith, 5:106-9
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch,
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