Minute Book 1

under his roof & in his presence through President Joseph  Joseph Smith Junr. the Prophet of Lord. He then called for  the vote of his counsellors, which was given in favor of the  Book and also of the Committee that compiled it. as  having discharged their duty faithfully. The Book was  then handed to counsellor Carrill [John Corrill], who acted in the place  of Edward Partridge Bishop in Zion (absent). He said  that he received it with great Joy, and was perfectly satisfied  with the same, and most cordially received it as a rule of  faith and practice, and also his entire satisfaction with  the labors of the Committee. He also stated that he  knew the work. to be true, then called for the vote of his  council which was given in favor of the book and of  the committee. Elder John Gould then took the  Book and said that he knew it was true and also the  Book of Mormon, because he had received the testimony  of the Spirit in favor of them, and that he was well  satisfied with the committee He called for the voice  of the Elders which was given in favor of the work &  <that> they were satisfied with the committee: Priest Ira Ames  took the Book and said, he was present in the general  assembly which appointed the committee, And that  he was well satisfied with the fruit of their labors.  He then took the Vote of the Priests, who gave their voice  to receive it, being satisfied with the labors of the committee  The book being handed to Teacher Erastus Bab[b]itt; He  arose and said, he had been present when one of the  revelations contained in it was given, and that he receiv ved it at the time, as coming from God, and that he  was willing to be governed by the rules contained in  the book, for he verily believed them to be good, & he was  well satisfied with the labors of the committe. He also  obtained the voice of all the Teachers present in favor  of the work and the Committee. [p. 105]
Minute Book 1, [ca. 3 Dec. 1832–30 Nov. 1837]; handwriting of Warren A. Cowdery, Frederick G. Williams, Orson Hyde, Marcellus F. Cowdery, George W. Robinson, Phineas Richards, and Harlow Redfield; 263 pages; CHL. Includes dockets, redactions, copy notes, use marks, and archival stamping and marking.
Medium-size blank book. The paper, which is ruled with thirty-four blue-green horizontal lines (now faded), measures 12 × 7½ inches (30 × 19 cm). The book originally contained 149 leaves, consisting of twelve gatherings of twelve leaves each, two front flyleaves, and three back flyleaves. The text block is sewn all along over recessed cords. The front and back covers of the volume are pasteboard. The book has a tight-back case binding with a brown calfskin quarter-leather binding, the bound volume measuring 12⅜ × 7¾ × 1 inches (31 × 20 × 3 cm). The outside covers are adorned with shell marbled paper, with a red, green, and black body and veins of black. The back pastedown bears the inscriptions “c”, “c/i”, and “pep”—possibly original merchandising notes.
A single leaf—the conjugate of the leaf bearing pages 15 and 16—was removed from the first gathering of the book, but this occurred before the adjacent leaves were inscribed or paginated. Page 1 is the first lined page. Minutes were inscribed in the book on pages 1–219 and 226–265. Pages 220–225 were left blank, except for their page numbers. Following page 265, the remaining twenty-one pages and the three back flyleaves were left blank. At some point, Frederick G. Williams began a table of contents, which was continued by Warren A. Cowdery but never completed; this table of contents is inscribed on all four pages of the two front flyleaves. The minute book was kept with quill pens. The entries and pagination were inscribed in ink that is now brown. Pages 39–55 include entry-dividing lines inscribed in red ink. There is also residue from an adhesive wafer on pages 156 and 157, indicating a sheet of paper was attached there at one time.
At some point, probably in the early 1840s, the front cover of the volume was labeled “Conference | A” in black ink. The “A” is written in a formal style that matches the covers of other early manuscript books in the CHL’s holdings. Copy notes and use marks, in¬scribed in graphite, were made by later scribes who used the minute book when compiling JS’s 1838–1856 history. At some point, probably in Utah, a white paper label was pasted on the spine; the label is now only partially extant, with the remaining inscription illegible. Another white paper label, also only partially extant, was pasted over this. It reads: “Kirtland Coun”. The rest of the label, which would have included approximately two more words, is missing. The pastedown on the inside of the book’s front cover bears an archival identification number inscribed in black ink and a more recent Historian’s Office library sticker. The spine also bears a more recent sticker with an identification number. Ink has bled through on several of the pages. The book has also suffered some wear and staining in the front and back.
The volume is listed in the 1846 Historian’s Office inventory as “Book of Conference A” and referred to as a Kirtland High Council record in subsequent Historian’s Office inventories from the 1850s. In 1988, the Church History Department transferred Minute Book 1 to the First Presidency’s Office. The minute book was transferred to the Church History Library in 2009. Archival records and the markings mentioned above indicate continuous institutional custody.