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Joseph Smith Papers, Volume 11 - Released


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The latest Joseph Smith Papers volume doesn’t read like a John Grisham legal thriller, but there is plenty of courtroom drama, according to historian Jeffrey D. Mahas.

After a failed assassination attempt, Missourians want the Prophet extradited. Joseph Smith is brought before a judge in Illinois. He’s represented by a prominent lawyer. Among the dignitaries in attendance is a future first lady of the United States. Smith receives help from a politician later viewed by many as an enemy. Ultimately, he prevails. Songs and poems are written in tribute to “Joseph’s greatest legal victory.”

“As far as dramatic events go, it’s up there in Joseph’s life,” Mahas said. “It’s a pretty good one.”

Documents detailing “Joseph’s greatest legal victory” are are among those found in “Documents, Volume 11: September 1842-February 1843.” The new volume was released this week.

“Documents, Volume 11” is the 22nd installment of the Joseph Smith Papers series, which launched in 2008.

This latest volume, edited by Mahas, Spencer W. McBride, Brett D. Dowdle and Tyson Reeder, features 105 documents that will help readers gain a deeper understanding of Joseph Smith as president of the church, as mayor of Nauvoo, and as a man trying to protect himself, his family and the Latter-day Saints from persecution. Among the documents are letters, editorials, reports of discourses, municipal and legal documents and poems.

I can't help but imagine if we had had similar documentation for, say, the personal life of Moses.  Or Peter.  Or Paul.

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-Smac

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3 hours ago, smac97 said:

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I can't help but imagine if we had had similar documentation for, say, the personal life of Moses.  Or Peter.  Or Paul.

Thanks,

-Smac

Paul's Acts 26 courtroom drama is crazy enough. 

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