President Brigham Young was this day sentenced to pay a fine & be imprisioned in the Penetentiary for 24 Hours for Contempt of Court By Judge McKean because he had not paid the Lawyiers $3,000 in time as ordered By Judge McKean. President Young was in Court at the time the order was made. He was in the Hands of the Marshall Smith who took him home to Presidents Youngs Residence & he got dinner at about 3 oclok.
He started in his own Carriage in Company with Marshall A. K Smith & D H Wells for the Penitentiary G. A. Smith A M. Musser in one Carriage & F D Richards F. Little, Driver & W Woodruff in another Carriage & Several other friends went up by different roads & all met together at the Penitentiary & all went to gether into the wardens room & spent about an hour with the President. [He?] & the Sherriff was finally locked up in the Prision Cell with Bishops [-] & Ricks for a short time.
Presidet Young then returned to the warden room whare He was made as Comfortable as prision life Could expect to be This being the first time that Presidet Young was ever Confined in prision by order of any Court. I had a desire to spend the night with him but my desire was not Granted. Daniel H Wells [Caymon?] Young & another man was all that was allowed with him through the night. The rest of us went home.
[He had been found in "contempt of court" in divorce proceedings brought by his plural wife Ann Eliza Young.]
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]