Minute Book 2

States and of this State. We ask, in common with others, the protec tion of the laws. We ask for the privileges guaranteed to all free  sitizens of the United States and of this State, to be extended to us:  we may be permitted to settle and live where we please, and  worship God according to the dictates of our own consciences,  with out molestation;— And whilst we ask for ourselves this  privilege, we are willing all others should enjoy the same.
We now lay our case at the feet of your Legislature &  ask ask Your Honorable Body to consider it, and do for  us after mature deliberation, that which your wisdom,  patriotism and Philanthropy may dictate.— And we as  in duty bound will ever pray
Far West Caldwell County
Missouri Dec. 10th 1838
Edward Partridge)A committee  appointed by  the citizens of  Caldwell County  to draft this mem morial, and sign  it in their behalf
Heber C Kimball)
John Taylor)
Theodore Turley)
Brigham Young)
Isaac Morley)
George W. Harris)
John Murdock)
John M. Burk”)

13 December 1838 • Thursday

Far West (Wednesday (Dec. 13 1838
Agreeable to appointment— the standing High Coun cellors met, when it was found that several were absent,  who, (some of them,) have had to flee for their lives, therefore  it being necessary that those vacancies be filled the meeting  was called for that purpose, and, also, to express each  others feelings respecting the word of the Lord.
President Brigham Young Presiding.
The Council was opened by prayer by Elder [Heber C.] Kimball
After prayer Prest Young made a few remarks  saying he thought it all important to have the  Council reorganized, and prepared to do buisness.
He advised the councellors to be wise and  judicious in all their movements and not [p. 173]
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.