Minute Book 1

an office in the church, after haveing it sufficiently taught  him. Samuel H Smith, Luke Johnson, John S Carter, Sylvester  Smith, John Johnson and Orson Hyde were called to speak  upon the case then before the council. After the counsellors  had spoken, the President proceeded to give a decision:  “That no official member in this church is worthy to hold  an office after haveing the words of wisdom properly taught  to him, and he, the official member, neglecting to comply  with, or obey them;[”] after which the counsellors voted accor ding to the same.
The president then asked if there were any Elders present  who would go to canada and preach the gospel to that  people; for they have written, said he, a number of letters  for help; and the whole council felt as though the Spirit  required brethren to go there. It was, therefore, decided  by the council that Lyman Johnson and Milton Holmes  should travel together into Canada, and also that Zebedee  Coultrin [Coltrin] and Henry Herriman travel together into  Can[a]da. It was also decided that Jared Carter and Phineas  Youngs [Young] travel together if they can arrange their affairs at  home so as to be liberated. It was also decided that Bro.  Oliver Granger should travel eastward as soon as his cir cumstances will permit, and that he should travel alone on  account of his age. It was also decided that bro.  Martin Harris should travel alone whenever he travels.  Bro’s. John S Carter & Jesse Smith travel east together as  soon as they can. The council also decided that bro. Brigham  Young should travel alone, it being his own choice.  Decided also, that James Durfee and Edmund Marvin  should travel together eastward. Also that Sidney Rigdon  and John P Green[e] go to Strongsville. Also that bro’s.  Orson Pratt and Harrison Sagers travel together for the time  being, and that there should be a general conference  held in Saco in the State of Maine on the 13 day of [p. 40]
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.