Minute Book 2

a standing in our Church of an earlier date than the  difficulties in Davies County. And when it is considered;  that, the rights of this people have been trampled upon from to  time with impunity, and abuses heaped upon them almost  innumerable; it ought in some degree, to paliate for any infrac tion of the Law which may have been made on the part of  any of our people.
The late order of Governor [Lilburn W.] Boggs to drive us from this  state, or exterminate us, is a thing so novel, unlawful, tyranni cal and oppressive, that we have been induced to draw up  this memmorial and present this statement of our case to  your Honorable Body, praying that a law may be passed  resinding the order of the Govornor to drive us out of <from> the  State; and also giving us the sanction of the Legislature to  inherit our lands in peace we ask an expression of the  Legislature, disapprobating the conduct of those who compelled  us to sign a deed of trust and also disapproving of any man  or set of men, in taking our property in consequence of that  deed of trust, and appropriating it to the payment of debts not  contracted by us; or for the payment of damages sustained in  consequence of tresspasses committed by others.
We have no common stock, our property is indivi[d]ual  property, and we feel willing to pay our debts as other individ uals do; but we are not willing to be bound to pay other  people’s debts also.
The arms which were taken from us here, which  we understand to be about 630, besides swords and pistols we care  not so much about, as we do the pay for them; only we are  bound to do military duty, which we are willing to do, and  which we think was sufficiently manifested; by the raising  of a volunteer Company last fall at Far-West, when called  upon by General [Hiram] Parks to rais troops for the frontier.
The arms given up by us, we considered were worth  between twelve and fifteen thousand dollars; but we [p. 171]
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.