180 years ago today - Aug 18, 1843. Friday.

[William Clayton]

President Joseph instructed S[amue]l James in the order of the Holy Priesthood [IE plural marriage] ... I had some conversation with Brother [Newel] Whitney and have learned that Farrs family are conspiring with Walkers boys and girls and they with E[mma Smith] to accomplish my downfall. I find they are my secret enemies but I fear them not for God who knows the secrets of all hearts knows mine also. I told M[argaret] of this and ascertained that she had acknowledged to A[aron] that I had slept with her and if it never had been done (our union) it should not be. This of course has given him a plea and a weapon against me. [William had taken Aaron's finance' Margaret as a plural wife while Aaron was on a mission.]

[George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

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