175 years ago today - Dec 18, 1843

A constable, King Follett, returns to Nauvoo, having gone with ten men to arrest John Elliott, a schoolmaster, on the charge of kidnapping Avery and his son. Elliott is put under a $3,000 bond. Joseph, however, pleads in Elliott's behalf for a reduction in the amount of bail. In spite of Joseph's emotional and eloquent speech, Elliott threatens Joseph's life, and Joseph charges Elliott with making threats. At this time, rumors of a warlike force gathering in Warsaw hit Nauvoo, and Joseph orders out a 100-man detachment of the Nauvoo Legion for military purposes.

[Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

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