Minute Book 2

31 July–1 August 1834 • Thursday–Friday

July 31. 1834.
Council met according to appointment.
Opened in prayer by David Whitmer President.
Resolved that Peter Dustin be appointed in  William E. Mc.lellin’s place Pro Tem. and that
Zebedee Coultrin [Coltrin]fill Thomas B. Marsh’s place pro.tem.
Amasa Lyman John Murdock’s — — — — — —
Constitution read by John Whitmer;
After which the report of Edward Partridge & Orson Pratt was  read and laid on the table. And also Zebedee Coultrin’s and Isaac Morleys  which were appointed them in the Council previous to this and was  received.
After which the President arose and addressed the Counsellors.  saying that I hope it is the duty of us to transact all business in order.  Saying that I hope when there shall be any case brought forward  all should be patient and attentive to what is passing for I know that  it is your duty to do so in all cases, and avoid confusion & contention, which  is offensive in the sight of the Lord. And also addressed himself  to the Elders: saying that it is not pleasing unto the Lord for any man  to go forth to preach the gospel of peace unless he is qualified to  set forth its principles in plainness to the understanding of those  whom he endeavors to instruct: and also the rules and regulations of the  Church of Latter Day Saints— For just as a man is and as he teaches and acts  so will his followers be let them be ever so full of notions & whims.
And also spake to the congregation as well as to counsellors, that it  was not the will of the Lord that our brethren should vote at this  approaching Election. Bro W[illiam] W. Phelps spake on the same subject  & John Whitmer also, who acquiesced with David Whitmer. The coun sellors then sanctioned the above remarks.
After which the Minutes of our last council read by J. Whitmer.
After which a case was proposed by W. W. Phelps, as follows, desiring the  Counsellors to take into consideration the propriety of appointing a certain  number of brethren to be stationed to preach to the brethren in this  section of country from time to time as often as shall be deemed  necessary as proposed by Edward Partridge & Orson Pratt. These [p. 48]
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.