17…P M heard the Rev Mr Blodget from Mass. Unitarian Preacher. good discourse of religious Liberty Text "What is Truth"  followed by Pres Smith disproving the idea that persecution causes a good work to prosper—continued his discours about 1 1/
Joseph Smith Diary, by Willard Richards
P.M. Mr. Blodget the Unitarian Minister preached was gratified with his sermon in general—but differed in opinion on some points—on which I freely expressed myself to his great satisfaction on persecution making the work spread. by rooting up a flower garden or kicking back the sun.
—17 September 1843 (2)
 See History of the Church, 6:34. Not in Teachings. The original source for the entry in the History of the Church is the Joseph Smith Diary, by Willard Richards. The Levi Richards report is here published for the first time.
 John 18:38.
 See 13 April 1843, notes 16 and 17.
 William B. Brink was a botanical doctor who resided in Nauvoo. A member of the Church, Brink probably was baptized in Nauvoo.
 John M. Bernhisel (1799-1881) was a doctor of medicine. Converted to the Church in New York, he was a close friend of the Prophet and was later elected Utah's first delegate to Congress.
 See 13 April 1843, note 17.