Minute Book 2

George M. Hinkel [Hinkle] & Samuel Brown. Who desire to promulgate  the everlasting Gospel.
Voted that two speak upon the above cases, Viz: Peter Dustin &  Calvin Bebee [Beebe].
Descided by the president that none of the above named brethren go to preach  at present except George M. Hinkle, and this because of his over much  wearying the Lord and if he can get a faithful br. to go with him he will  be blessed if he is faithful. And also Zebedee Coultrin is at liberty to  go to the east after he has attended to his Mission in company with Isaac Morley
The above descision sanctioned by the counsellors.
W[illiam] W. Phelps proposes to the councilors to take into consideration the  propriety of holding meetings among our brethren breaking bread &c while  we are in captivity desiring that they would consider these things
Voted that four speak on this occasion Viz, Levi Jackman Solomon  Hancock, Christian Whitmer & Newel Knight, After these four had  discussed the matter the President Decided that it was not our privilege  at present to hold publick meetings, but the four Viz E Partridg [Edward Partridge], O[rson] Pratt  I Morley & Z Coultren should go and set the disciples in order according as the  Lord shall direct and he will bless their labours. This decision sanctioned  by the councellors.
After which Parley P. Pratt gave a few leading principles respecting the  conducting these councils, by saying that it was necessary that all these things  be conducted with the strictest order and attention by all as well the  standers by as the council &c.
Closed in prayer by David Whitmer President
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.