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On April 16, in the life of Joseph Smith

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April 16, 1830

Palmyra, New York. Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 22, a revelation directing converts who had been previously baptized in other churches to be rebaptized as members of the Church.


About April 16, 1839

Gallatin, Missouri. While traveling to Boone County under the guard of Sheriff William Morgan and four other men, Joseph Smith and his company were encouraged to escape from the guards, who then all became drunk.


About April 16, 1829

Harmony, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 9, a revelation directing Oliver Cowdery to be content to write rather than attempt to translate.


April 16, 1834

Chardon, Ohio. State of Ohio v. Hurlbut: Sheriff Jabez Tracy attempted to apprehend Hurlbut to require him to satisfy the judgment, but Hurlbut was not found.

Sources:
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters, Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch

April 16, 1839

Kirtland, Ohio. Halsted, Haines and County v. Granger and Carter: Joseph Smith had signed as surety along with twenty-nine others guaranteeing a promissory note from Halsted, Haines & County on September 1, 1837. The defendants, having been requested three times to attend court, failed to appear. The plaintiff recovered damages of $2,337.35 plus costs of $17.24. The defendants were ordered to pay their own costs of $0.77. Joseph Smith and others had signed two additional promissory notes to Halsted Haines & County on September 1,1837—one for $2,323.66 and the other for $2,395.57. These two promissory notes were not located and have no connection with this court case.

Sources:
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters, Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch

April 16, 1839

Geauga County, Ohio. Underwood v. Rigdon: Court hears evidence and finds defendants liable, and defendants give notice of intent to appeal the judgment.

Sources:
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters, Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch

April 16, 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois. Sweeney v. Miller: Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith, Peter Haws, and George Miller (operating as Miller, Smith, Smith, & Haws) signed a $58 note for repairs to the steamboat Nauvoo to be "payable in sixty days."

Sources:
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters, Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch