Article of the Week | BYU Studies

Article of the Week

Josiah Quincy’s 1844 Visit with Joseph Smith
December 10, 2018
Article of the Week
Josiah Quincy’s 1844 Visit with Joseph Smith
Author Jed Woodworth,

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Jed Woodworth that was published in issue 39:4. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

A prophet’s claims have always invited attention. The Prophet Joseph Smith took calls from an array of personalities who would not be satisfied without seeing this curiosity in the flesh. The visitors came from near and far and from every walk and station of life: politicians and priests, paupers and pundits, charlatans and seekers, and almost everything in between. Arriving first in a trickle and then in a stream, they found the Prophet wherever he had gathered the Saints. Some of the travelers left accounts of their visits, and from these sketches later generations came to know Joseph, too.

Few traveler accounts are better known to Latter-day Saints than Josiah Quincy’s. Massachusetts legislator, son of a Harvard president, and later the mayor of Boston, Quincy had a pedigree to make ears perk.