Minute Book 1

membership were taken from him by the Presidents Court  because he refused to fulfil his mission according to the  council of the High Priesthood of the holy order of God

Trial of Doctor Philastus Hurlbut, continued • 21—23 June 1833

Bro D.P. Hurlberts [Doctor Philastus Hurlbut’s] case was called in question this day before  a general Council and upon the testimony of Bro Gee of  Thompson, who testified that Bro D.P.H said that he had  deceived Joseph Smith; God, or the Spirit by which he is  actuated &c &c The council proceeded to cut him off from  the Church, There was also corrobberating testimony brought  against him by Bro [Curtis] Hodges 23 June 1833——

Names of the Temples of Zion • 24 June 1833

The names of the Temples to be built on the painted squares  as represented on the plot of the City of Zion which is  now about to be forwarded thither. Nos 10, 11, & 12, are to be  called, House of the Lord for the presidency of the High  and most holy priesthood after the order of Melchizadeck  which was after the order of the son of God upon Mount Zion  City of the New Jerusalem. Nos. 7, 8, & 9 The Sacred Apostolic  Repository for the use of the Bishops. Nos, 4, 5, & 6 The holy ev angelical House for the High Priesthood of the holy order  of God. Nos 1, 2, & 3 The house of the Lord for the Elders  of Zion, an ensign to the nations. Nos 22, 23 & 24 House of  the Lord for the presidency of the high Priesthood after the order  of Aaaron, a Standard for the people. Nos 19, 20, 21 House of  the Lord for the high Priesthood after the order of Aaron, the  Law of the Kingdom of heaven, Messenger to the people. Nos. 16, 17,  & 18 House of the Lord for the Teachers in Zion, messenger to the  Church. Nos 13, 14, & 15 House of the Lord for the Deacons in  Zion, helps in government. Underneath must be written on each  House— Holiness To the Lord 24 June 1833—

24 June 1833 • Monday

A Council of Elders of the Church of Christ holden at  Westfield June 24th. AD 1833. Namely Bro Gladden Bishop Chester [p. 22]
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.