The Prophet’s Last Letter 23 June 1844

Carthage Jail Etching

Carthage Jail

Our Pioneer Heritage Vol. 4, p. 492

Jedediah Morgan Grant and Theodore Turley were the trusted messengers who carried the Prophet’s last letter to Gov. Ford, who was then in Carthage. This occurred June 23 1844.  After the Governor had read the message he would not allow Elder Grant and his companion time for rest, but sent them immediately back to Nauvoo with orders to have Joseph Smith report to him the following morning not later than ten o’clock.  The brethren started on their return trip of twenty miles, but their already weary horses could not get them into Nauvoo until four o’clock the next morning.  On this day, 1844, Jedediah M. Grant watched his beloved Prophet ride toward Carthage, never to return.

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