180 years ago today - Aug 6, 1843

Joseph makes some comments about the election; he says, "The Lord has not given me a revelation concerning politics. I have not asked Him for one. I am a third party, and stand independent and alone." Joseph then says that Cyrus Walker is a good man and that he will vote for him, as promised. However, he also states, "Brother Hyrum tells me this morning that he has had a testimony to the effect it would be better for this people to vote for Hoge; and I never knew Hyrum to say he ever had a revelation and it failed. Let God speak and all men hold their peace. I never authorized Brother Law to tell my private feelings, and I utterly forbid these political demagogues from using my name henceforth and for ever."

[Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

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