19 January 1844 (Friday).

19 January 1844 (Friday). Mansion House. [1]

Joseph Smith Diary, by Willard Richards

In the evening gave a Lecture on the constitution & candidates for the presidency &c. Backenstos. [2] Clerk of Co Court. present Bro Phelps [3] & a great Co. in Bar Room.

—19 January 1844

Notes

[1] See History of the Church, 6:180. Not in Teachings. The original source for the entry in History of the Church is the Joseph Smith Diary.

[2] Jacob B. Backenstos, a friendly non-Mormon, served as clerk of the circuit court in Hancock County. In 1844 he was elected to the Illinois legislature, and in 1845 he was elected sheriff.

[3] William W. Phelps.