Minute Book 2

12 July 1834 • Saturday

Clay County July 12. 1834.
Council convened according to appointment. Opened in prayer by br.  David Whitmer.
Voted & carried that Peter Dustin fill William E. Mc.lellin’s place  pro tem.
Remarks by the President respecting the responsibility of the  Counsellors in their high and holy callings. &c.
Constitution read by John Whitmer and also the minutes of the  proceedings of our last council.
The President then arose and addressed the counsellors— saying  that it was necessary to take into consideration the situation of the scattered  Saints of Zion— stating that it was necessary to do something and  this in wisdom and appoint some one or ones to labor with the scattered  disciples in this region.
First: Shall we appoint two four or six to visit our scattered and  afflicted brethren in this region, of country and lay before them  their duty &c. or shall we appoint more or how many shall we appoint.  And also shall Lyman Wight fill his mission appointed him by the seer,  and shall he have any assistance in his temporal business to ascertain the  strength of the Lord’s house. &c.
Resolved that six speak over upon this case. viz:
Orson PrattLyman Wight
Thomas B. MarshJohn Murdock.
Simeon CarterParley P. Pratt.
After these six had spoken on the case; it was deemed necessary that  four should be appointed to go and visit the scattered brethren and teach  them in the ways of truth and holyness &c. And also that one be appointed to  go with Lyman Wight and assist him in his business.
Voted and carried that the above named six attend to their several Missions  as above mentioned
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.