<2> Wednesday Feb 2, 1842 Sister Laura [Clark] Phelps, wife of Morris Phelps died, aged 36 years. She was driven from , in 1833, was in the persecutin of in 1838.— & went from , to to assist in liberating her husband & was left in prison when he made his escape, willing to suffer all the abuses a savage horde could infli[c]t upon her, to let set he[r] companin safe from the grasp of his murdrous enemis, her rest is glorious. I spent the day in council with & . Esqr—
<4> Friday 4, Instructed that an invoice of scrip be made, closed a contra[c]t with for the <on the corner of Bain, & water Streets also> ◊◊ paper, fixtures & Book bindry, & Steretype foundry, by proxy, viz , <cost between 7 & 8000 dollrs.> and in the evening attended a debate. At this time debates were held weekly. and entered into by men of the fir[s]t talents in the , young & old, for the purpose of Eliciting truth, acquiring knowledge. & improving in the art of public speeking.
<5> Satuday 5, Elder , who had been silencd by Prests Smith— & , on a complaint for teaching false doctine., came, before the High counil at , & proved that he had not taught false doctrine, but had been complaind of by those who had prejudice & hardness agist [against] him. & was restored to his former standing in the chu[r]ch.— <The ship Hope saild from for with <270> Saints.> from this time to I was engagd in councilling the brethren, and attending to the common avocations of life & my calling, reading the <10> book of Mormon &c untill the Thusday the 10th when I was sick & kept my bed. The war continues to rage between & China.
<12> Satudy [Saturday] 12, Attended City Council, <an “ordinance regulating weight and measures,”— also “an ordinace regulating Auctions, were passed.> In the (L.L 60) peace, ordinances were passed.
<14> Monday 14. Spent the day at My office transacting a varity of business— and continued to do the same from day to day till the 15 17thwhen I commenced <became connected with> the Editerial department of the T. & S.