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Appeal and Minutes, 21 June 1833

I, Doct P Hurlbert [Doctor Philastus Hurlbut], haveing been tried befor the Bishops cou ncil of High Priests in a charge of Unchristian like conduct  with the female sex, and myself being absent at the time  and considering that strict justice was not done me. I do  by these presents most solemly enter my appeal unto the Pres idents council of high priests for a re hearing, according to  the privilege gurranteed to me in the laws of the Church  which council is now assembled in the school room in  Kirtland this 21st. June 1833— It was motioned seconded  and voted that Bro D. P. Hurlbut be granted a re-hearing—  Bro Joseph, the President, opened the council by prayer— The council  then proceeded to ordain two High Priests to make out the number, twelve,  that the council or <Church> Court might be orgazized [organized], Bro John [Smith] and William  Smith were ordained by the hands of Bro Sidney Rigdon by the voice  of the council, Bro Hurlberts case was laid before the Court &  the testimony against him given in by Orson Hyde & Hyrum Smith  and duly investigated. It was decided that Bro H should be for given because of the liberal confession which he made. This council  decided that the Bishops Council decided correctly before, and  that Bro H’s crime was sufficient to cut him off from the ch urch, but on his confession, he was restored—
<Joseph Smith Jr—> [p. 21]
Doctor Philastus Hurlbut, Doctor being his given name, was accused of “unchristian like conduct with the female sex” and excommunicated by a “Bishops council of high priests” in Kirtland, Ohio, on 3 June 1833. Not present at the 3 June council, Hurlbut appealed the decision before the “Presidents council of high priests” on 21 June 1833. Though the original judgment of the council was upheld, Hurlbut was readmitted to the church on the basis of his “liberal confession.” Two days later the case was reopened.
Orson Hyde, sustained on 6 June 1833 as “a clerk for the presidency of the High Priesthood,” may have recorded the original notes and then later copied these minutes into Minute Book 1.

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