Brigham Young writes in his journal, "The Lord having revealed, through Joseph, that the Twelve should take in hand the editorial department of the TIMES AND SEASONS, I bought the printing establishment, for and in behalf of the Church, from brother Ebenezer Robinson, at a very exorbitant price. The reason I paid such a price was, because the Prophet directed the Twelve to pay him whatever he asked. One item of his bill was $800, for the privilege of publishing the TIMES AND SEASONS, or good will of the office."
The short revelation given to Joseph Smith is published but not canonized: "Verily thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph, go and say unto the Twelve, that it is my will to have them take in hand the editorial department of the Times and Seasons, according to that manifestation which shall be given unto them by the power of my Holy Spirit in the midst of their counsel, saith the Lord. Amen."
Ebenezer Robinson's wife had been spying on Joseph Smith's polygamous activities and reporting them to Emma. Joseph told Robinson to reprove his wife. When Robinson did not, Smith received the revelation which effectively fired Robinson as editor of the TIMES AND SEASONS.
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