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the young man was accused of attempting to to hug the girl &  she saw James Newberry wink and smile when the girl went  to git water, which she did not like.
Elizabeth Legg testifies that she attended the school &  she did not hear Br Murdock twit the boys of going home  with the girls, also, she saw the boys shake their fists at  Br Murdock when his back was turned, viz: James W.  Newberry and Joseph Outhouse.
Simeon Carter testifies that he was pleased with the  conduct of the young men while before him on  account of their steadiness.
James W. Newberry testifies that he did not have any  hand in writing or composing the verses spoken of in  Orlando Herrick’s testimony.
The Councellors made a few very appropriate  remarks, all of whom thought the charge was not  sustained, but rather the accuser was in the fault
Decided that the charge was not sustained, but Br  James W. Newberry was in the fault in treating Br Murdock  as he did.
The question was then put to the Council if they  concured with the decision if so to manifest it by saying  aye. which was done unanimous.
Council adjourned one hour to meet at the Bishops  office
6 o’clock P. M. The council met pursuant to  adjournment & was organized as follows;
Simeon CarterNo 1Elisha H. GrovesNo 2
Calvin Beebee [Beebe]" 3Thomas Grover" 4
Levi Jackman" 5Solomon Hancock" 6
George Morey" 7Newel Knight" 8
G[eorge] M. Hinkle" 9George W. Harris" 10
Elias Higbee" 11John Murdock" 12
The Council opened by prayer by Solomon  Hancock. [p. 113]
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Zion (Missouri) High Council and Nauvoo Stake High Council, “The Conference Minutes, and Record Book, of Christ’s Church of Latter Day Saints,” Minute Book 2, 6 Apr. 1838–[ca. June 1838], [ca. Oct. 1842], [ca. June 1844]; handwriting of Ebenezer Robinson, Hosea Stout, Levi Richards, Joseph M. Cole, and an unidentified scribe; 178 pages, as well as indexing in tabbed pages at beginning of book; CHL. Includes tables, redactions, use marks, and archival marking.
The second of two texts inscribed in a ledger book. The paper, which is ruled both horizontally and vertically, measures 12½ × 7¾ inches (32 × 20 cm). The book contains 276 leaves, including the flyleaves in the front and back of the book. The bound book, which features a brown suede leather cov-er, measures 13 × 8½ × 1¾ inches (33 × 22 × 4 cm). The spine has a pasted red label with “LEDGER” in gold lettering. Following the four front flyleaves, the first twenty-four pages are tabbed index pages. The next seventy-three pages were used by Warren Parrish for various financial accounts he kept prior to his move to Kirtland, Ohio. Following a blank page, Minute Book 2 fills the next 187 pages, although there are some blank pages within and at the end of this record. The portion of the ledger in which Minute Book 2 is inscribed has its own pagination, all apparently done by Hosea Stout. Ebenezer Robinson’s handwriting appears on the title page (the recto of the leaf preceding page 1) and on pages 1–37, 41–42, 44–52, and 55–93. Pages 38–40 are blank. Levi Richards’s handwriting appears on pages 43 and 52–55. There is also unidentified handwriting in the middle of page 87. The inscription ends with minutes of the Nauvoo, Illinois, stake high council meetings held 1 and 15 June 1844, recorded by Joseph M. Cole on pages 178–185. The minutes were recorded with a quill pen, and all are in brown ink, except for some blue ink on pages 179–181. The remaining 251 pages of the book are blank. There were originally four back flyleaves; only two remain, and they are blank.
Minute Book 2 includes several redactions made in graphite, as well as some marking in blue pencil. The leather cover was decorated with blind tooling at some point, and a paper sticker was pasted on the spine with “CONFERENCE MINUTES AND HIGH COUNCIL RECORDS OF FAR WEST” inscribed in unidentified handwriting. This sticker resembles several other such stickers found on early church record books.
The volume may have been included in the Nauvoo exodus inventory as part of “Records of High Council.” It is listed in middle- and late-nineteenth-century inventories of the Historian’s Office in Salt Lake City. The Historian’s Office apparently made a microfilm copy of the volume in 1954. Church historian Joseph Fielding Smith took the volume with him to the Office of the First Presidency when he became church president in 1970 and kept it in his safe. The book was returned to the Church History Department in 2008. These archival records and archival marking on the book indicate continuous institutional custody.

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