180 years ago today - Apr 7, 1843, Friday

The squabbling [among the temple workers] broke out again, and on April 7 it was William Clayton who brought charges against the committee before the general conference of the church. He accused its members of partiality in distributing goods, money, and ``store pay'' (i.e., credit at Joseph Smith's store). He also noted that the son of one committee member had received all of the above but that none of his labor had been placed on the tithing account. This was a serious breach of religious duty, for one day in ten was supposed to be donated as tithing labor. Committee members, furthermore, were charged with taking ``store pay'' for themselves but being too tightfisted in what they would allow to others. Hyrum Smith, however, rose to the committee's defense, and in the end the conference sustained it in its work, thus exonerating it for a third time. That evening Cahoon complained angrily to Clayton about the accusations, but when the beleagured scribe explained why he made them (apparently to clear the air, as much as anything else), Cahoon appeared satisfied, at least for the time being.

[Fillerup, Robert C., compiler; William Clayton Nauvoo Diaries and Personal Writings, A chronological compilation of the personal writings of William Clayton while he was a resident of Nauvoo, Illinois. http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/clayton-diaries]

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