180 years ago today - Mar 21, 1844 - Thursday

[Council of Fifty]
The council decided to petition Congress to make JS a member of the U.S. Army, with authority to take volunteers into the western borderlands to protect Oregon and Texas from foreign invasion. A committee was appointed to draft the petition, and Orson Hyde was chosen to carry it to Washington. The council also decided to send James Emmett on a mission "to the Lamanites to instruct them to unite together." JS recommended that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles select men to travel throughout the states to electioneer for his presidential campaign.

[Joseph Smith Papers: Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846]

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