Minute Book 1

he needs as a minister of Righteousness, and to magnify the  Apostleship whereunto he is called. May a double portion  of that spirit which was communicated to the Diciples of  of our Lord & Saviour, to lead them into all truth, rest  down upon him, go with him where <he> goes that nothing shall  prevail against him. that he may be delivered from prisons, from the  power of his enemies, and from the adversary of all righteous ness. May he be able to mount up on wings as an Eagle’s, to run  and not be weary, to walk and not faint. May he have great  wisdom & intelligence, and be able to lead thine elect through  this thorny maze. Let sickness and death have no power over  him. Let him be equal with his brethren in bringing many sons  and daughters to glory, and many nations to a knowledge of  the truth. Great blessings shall rest upon thee. Thy faith shall  increase, Thou shalt have great power, to prevail, The viel of the  Heavens shall be rolled up, Thou shalt be permitted to gaze  within it, and receive instruction from on high. No arm that  is formed and lifted against thee, shall prosper, no power shall  prevail, for thou shalt have power with God. and shall proclaim  his gospel, thou wilt be afflicted, but thou shalt be delivered and  conquer all thy foes. Thine office shall never be taken  from thee. Thou shalt be called great, Angels shall carry  thee from place to place. Thy sins are forgiven, and thy name  written in the lambs book of life. Even so Amen.
The following charge was then given Elder P. P. Pratt by  President O. Cowdery.
I am aware, Dear Brother, that the mind naturally claims  something new: but the same thing rehearsed, frequently  profits us. You will have the same difficulties to encounter  in fulfilling this ministry, that the ancient Apostles had.  You have enlisted in a cause that requires your whole  attention, you ought therefore to count the cost, and become  a polished shaft, to become a polished shaft, you must be  sensible, requires the labor of years; and your station re [p. 155]
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.