December 1, 1843 - The Bar Room at Joseph Smith's Mansion House.

Yeah, so today's December 1st. 

And it was December 1, 1843 that Joseph Smith's manuscript diary makes the first mention of the bar room in Smith's Nauvoo Mansion House.  Joseph Smith III would later recall that the bar was fully stocked and tended by Orrin Porter Rockwell. (Ref. Quinn)

Those who know the story know that the bar didn't last long, but Joseph and the Brethren often partook generously of the spirit(s).  Drinking spirits to feel the spirit describes the very spirit of the atmosphere Joseph Smith espoused.  Kirtland Temple, anyone?  That's one for the books.

And for the sake of exploring some of Joseph's imbibing:

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"Ordinance on the Personal Sale of Liquors. Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of Nauvoo, that the Mayor of the city be and is hereby
authorized to sell or give spirits of any quantity as he in his wisdom
shall judge to be for the health and comfort, or convenience of such
travelers or other persons as shall visit his house from time to
time.Passed December 12, 1843.JOSEPH SMITH, Mayor. WILLARD RICHARDS,
Recorder." (History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 111)

Brother Joseph, enjoying the fruits of the vine and the grains of the field:

"Called at the office and DRANK A GLASS OF WINE with Sister Jenetta
Richards, made by her mother in England, and reviewed a portion of the
conference minutes.” (History of the Church,Vol. 5, p. 380)

“We then partook of some refreshments, and OUR HEARTS WERE MADE GLAD WITH THE FRUIT OF THE VINE.”
(History of the Church, Vol. 2, page 369)

"Elders Orson Hyde, Luke S. Johnson, and Warren Parrish, then presented
the Presidency with three servers of glasses filled with WINE to bless.
And it fell to my lot to attend to this duty, which I cheerfully
discharged. It was then passed round in order, then the cake in the same
order; and suffice it to say, OUR HEARTS WERE MADE GLAD while partaking
of the bounty of earth which was presented, until we had taken our
(History of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 378)

“April17.—This day THE TWELVE blessed and DRANK A BOTTLE OF WINE at Penworthan, made by Mother Moon FORTY YEARS BEFORE.”
(History of the Church, Vol. 4, page 120)

Joseph continues to drink, even while in jail:

“Before the jailor came in, his boy brought in some water, and said the
guard wanted some WINE. JOSEPH gave Dr. Richards two dollars to give the
guard; but the guard said one was enough, and would take no more. “The
guard immediately sent FOR A BOTTLE OF WINE, pipes, and two small papers
of tobacco; and one of the guards brought them into the jail soon after
the jailor went out. Dr. Richards uncorked the bottle, AND PRESENTED A
bottle was then given to the guard, who turned to go out.”
(History of the Church, Vol. 6, page 616)

"Sometime after dinner we sent for some WINE. It has been reported by
some that this was taken as a sacrament. It was NO SUCH THING; our
spirits were generally dull and heavy, and it was sent for to revive
us.... I believe we all drank of the WINE, and gave some to one or two
of the prison guards."
(John Taylor, in History of the Church, Vol. 7, page 101)

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Good stuff Shamdango!


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