Minute Book 2

6–7 December 1837 • Wednesday–Thursday

Far West, Wednesday, Dec. 6. 1837.
The High Council and Bishop and council met  for the purpose of transacting the business of the  Church. The Council was organized and opened by  prayer of Pres’t. David Whitmer.
Several subjects were discussed by the council  when Elias Higbee, Simeon Carter, and Elisha H. Groves  were nominated a committee to take into consideration a  certain price for services for the Church,  the propriety of proposing to the Church, to pay the  Council a certain price for services for the Church  

Ebenezer Robinson handwriting ends; unidentified begins.  

when met for that purpose. Elder [Thomas B.] Marsh made a few  remarks on another Subject and was followed by pres’t.  D Whitmer, The above three were appointed said Committee
Bishop [Edward] Partridge, John Corrill and Isaac Morley  were appointed a committee to take into consideration  and report upon the subject of raising a revinue  to defray the expenses of the Church
David Whitmer was nominated and appointed  to sign Lisences of Elders, as, Chairman, and William  W Phelps as Clerk And Frederick G. Williams  to sign Lisences as Chairman pro Tempore in the  absence of Pres’t D, Whitmer and John Whitmer, as  Clerk pro Tempore in the absence of Pres’t Phelps  and Oliver Cowdery as Recording Clerk
Oliver Cowdery was then appointed standi ng Clerk for the Counsil
Council adjourned for two hours

Unidentified handwriting ends; Ebenezer Robinson begins.  

Council met pursuant to adjournment
Philo Dibble requested a hearing in a certain case  wherein he had been disfellowshiped before a council  of Elders; Charles Hewlet being complainant— dis missed from the council by reccomending to the parties  to choose two brethren to assist in settling the difficulty [p. 87]
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.