Minute Book 1

6 June 1833 • Thursday

Frederick G. Williams handwriting ends; Orson Hyde begins.  

This day called a conference of High priests 6th June 1833—  Bro Joseph opened by prayer, Orson Hyde being nominated a  Clerk for the presidency of the High priesthood, seconded and duly  chosen by vote, and took his seat to act.— The occasion of the  conference being called, was this. to council the committee who were ap pointed to take the oversight of the building of the House of the  Lord. These are the names of the committee Reynolds Cahoon  Jared Carter & Hyrum Smith. It was voted by the conference that  the committee proceed immediately to commence building the House  or obtaining materials, Stone Brick Lumber &c.

Trial of Doctor Philastus Hurlbut • 21 June 1833

I, Doct P Hurlbert [Doctor Philastus Hurlbut], having been tried before 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 privilige gurranteed to me in the laws of the Church  which council is now assembled in the School room in  Kirtland the 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 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 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—

21 June 1833 • Friday

June 21st 1833 Bro Daniel Copley’s priests licence and [p. 21]
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.