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The Imprisonment of Martin Harris in 1833

TitleThe Imprisonment of Martin Harris in 1833
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsNelson, Mark B., and Steven C. Harper
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsHarris, Emer; Harris, Martin; Laws; Legal; Missionary Work

With editorial work on Joseph Smith’s legal papers in full swing, the attention of several attorneys, historians, archivists, and law students has turned increasingly to American legal culture in the 1820s through the 1840s and specifically to cases involving Latter-day Saints. At the same time, Mark Nelson recently discovered court documents of a trial involving Martin Harris in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. These brief documents add considerable information to an otherwise little-known chapter in the life and ministry of Martin and Emer Harris. Readers also learn about early Mormon missionary adventures generally.