Today in Mormon History - Mar 16

Today in Mormon History ...

In England Wilford Woodruff obtains a preaching license. He has to classify himself as a "protestant" and swear allegiance to Queen Victoria. A few days later an Anglican rector sends a constable to arrest Woodruff for preaching without a license. Woodruff shows his license and invites the constable to stay for the sermon. The constable remains and afterwards asks to be baptized. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Mar 16, 1840

Brigham Young discusses "the abuses of the Postal arrangements, they are a set of thieves from beginning to end, In one instance they opened a communication that Geo[rge] A. Smith sent to his bro[ther] and published it." (1)
-- 150 years ago - Mar 16, 1860

In Thatcher, Arizona, a church court presided over by two apostles considers charges against Stake President Christopher Layton: "charged Bro. Layton with using ardent spirits and using profane language and of associating with bad men at Tucson." The first two charges are "fairly well proven" and "fairly well sustained" respectively but the third charge "fell to the ground. Bro. C. Layton confessed wrongdoing and asked forgiveness, which was granted." He is not removed from his position as stake president. (1)
-- 120 years ago - Mar 16, 1890

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