Minute Book 1

29 October 1835 • Thursday

Kirtland Oct. 29th 1835
This day a High Council was called at E[dmund] Bosley’s  for the purpose of trying certain cases.
Names of the counsellors present
David W. PattenJohn Smith
Brigham Young Wm. E. Mc.Lellin
John F. BoyntonOrson Hyde
Joseph CoeSimeon Carter
Lyman ShermanAlpheus Cutler
James Emmitt [Emmett]S[elah] J. Griffin
After the council had taken their seats according  to their respective numbers President O[liver] Cowdery  opened the council by prayer.
A charge was read against David Elliott & wife preferred  by Elder Wm. Smith for abusing their daughter by beating  and whipping her. Two counsellors on each side were  appointed to speak. (Viz.) David W. Patten and Brigham  Young on one side and on the other John Smith &  Wm. E. McLellin. Witnesses on part of complainant  were Aaron C Lyon & his wife Roxana.
Aaron C. Lyon testified that said Elliott’s girl came  to his house and complained that her father had abused  her, and whipped her & that some marks were found  upon her arms, body &c. when she had been whipped.  This circumstance took place about ten days since,  The girl was about fifteen years old, and that she  said she would, or had a mind to make away with  herself, hang herself or something of the kind to get  rid of her trouble and affliction. The testimony  of Roxana Lyons, that was that Mrs. Elliott threatened  to take the broomstick and kill her, and also confirmed  the testimony of her husband.
Sister Osgood testifies, that some three years since  she (Sister Osgood) lived at said Elliott’s and that [p. 127]
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.