A council of the Elders of the church was held at , <New York> the same day. Elder , was pres ident, and Bro Chester L. Heath clerk. Bro Paul entered a complaint against Brother James Higby [Higbee], an elder, for circulating false and slanderous reports, and not observing the order of the Gospel, and presented evidence unimpeachable, to substantiate the same to the satis faction of the Council; from which, and from Bro— Higby’s own mouth, and the
spirit he showed, he was declared guilty by the Council, and he was cut off from the church. The council then dem anded his licence, and the church Book <Record>, which he utterly refused; therefore, resolved that the proced ings of the Council be sent to , and noted <that it may be known> among the <different branches of th[e]> churches. Copied into the Kirtland Records, June 29th 1833.
25 June 1833 • Tuesday
An explanation of the plot of the sent to the brethren in Zion, the 25th. of June, 1833.
This Plot contains one mile square. All the squares in the Plot contain ten acres each, being forty rods square. You will observe that the lots are laid off alternately in the squares; in one square run ning from the south and north to the line through the centre of the square; and in the next, the lots run from the east and West, to the centre line. Each lot is four perches in front, and twenty back, making one fourth half of an acre in each lot, so that no one street will be
built on, entirely through the street; but one square, the house will stand on one street, and on the next one, another, except the middle range of squares, which runs north and south, in which range are the painted squares.
The lots are laid off in these squares North and South, all of them; because these squares are forty perches by sixty, being twenty perches longer than the other, their greatest length being East and West, and by run ning all these squares, North and South, it makes all the lots in the City of one size.
The painted squares in the middle are for public buildings. The one without any figures, is for [p. 305]