Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fool’s Gold


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In reference to the gold rush and those saints that were attracted to the California gold fields, Apostle Amasa M. Lyman said that gold was what?


A)                 California canker

B)                 Filthy lucre

C)                 Poison

D)                 The devils pay


Yesterday’s answer:


(C) Mr. Tompkins


The first suspect to the murder attempt, even before Joseph Smith and Porter Rockwell were thought of was a man by the name of Tompkins (approximately 38 to 40 years of age), however, the anti-Mormon militia leader Samuel D. Lucas cleared the suspect.


Jeffersonian Republican, May 21, 1842.


Additional interesting information:

It might surprise you that no one in Missouri pointed the finger at Joseph Smith or Porter Rockwell for the deed. If Missouri didn’t, then who did?

   The post master at the nearby town of Montrose, Iowa, a man by the name of David W. Kilbourne and an anti-Mormon agitator wrote a letter to the then Governor of Missouri, Governor Reynolds. Mr. Kilbourne stated in his letter, “should to entertain a doubt that it was done by some of Joe’s minions at his instigation.”

D. W. Kilbourne to Thomas Reynolds, May 14, 1842, “Thomas Reynolds Letters.” Quoted in Warren A. Jennings, “Two Iowa Postmasters View Nauvoo; Anti-Mormon Letters to the Governor of Missouri,” BYU Studies 11, no. 3 (1971): 275-76.


   Anti-Mormon and excommunicated first mayor of Nauvoo, John C. Bennett wrote to the Warsaw Signal that Joseph Smith predicted to him in 1841 that Lilburn Boggs would die by violent means and that when Porter Rockwell left Nauvoo shortly before the assault that Joseph Smith had said Porter had “gone to fulfill prophecy.”

“Nauvoo,” Warsaw Signal, July 9, 1842.


How many times was ex-Governor Boggs shot on the May 6, 1842 assassination attempt?

There have been arguments for three to four shots fired. All accounts agree on twice to the neck and at least once to twice to the head.

“A Foul Deed,” St. Louis Daily Missouri Republican, May 12, 1842; “Governor Boggs,” Jefferson City (Mo.) Jeffersonian Republican, May 14, 1842.


Wilford Woodruff recorded the following in his journal when he learned of the assassination attempt of Boggs. Woodruff later corrects the fact that Boggs did not die:

   He says that Boggs had “just Been assassinated in his own house & fallen in his own Blood. . . . Thus this ungodly wretch has fallen in the midst of his iniquity & the vengeance of God has overtaken at last & he has met his Just deserts though by an unknown hand.”

Susan Staker, ed., Waiting for World’s End: The Diaries of Wilford Woodruff (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1993), 55-56 (May 15, 1842).


The Nauvoo Wasp, a Nauvoo newspaper edited by William Smith, brother to the prophet, received a letter from an individual who wrote under the pseudonym “Vortex,” was equally joyous as the paper states:

“Boggs is undoubtedly killed, according to report; but Who did the Noble Deed remains to be found out.”

Nauvoo (Ill.) Wasp, May 28, 1842, 2.

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