Minute Book 2

Without troubleing the council.— Oliver Cowdery  was then nominated and appointed recorder to  record the Patriarchal blessing of this branch  of the church—. The following report was then  presented and read by the clerk three times and  was accepted—
We the undersigned committee  chosen by the high council of Zion on this 6th  day of December AD. 1837 to take into consider ation the expediency of remunerating the  Presidency and high council and also the bishop  and his council for their services when empl oyed in doing the business of the church of  Latter day saints,— having met agreeably to  appointment and after taking the aforesaid business  into consideration it is our united opinion that  the aforesaid officers togegher [together] with the clerk of the  council the Patriarch and also the agent of the church  (as also any other person who may be employed in the  same or the like business) receive per day each  one dollar and fifty cents:
Bishop E. Partridge then presented the follow ing petition—
To the high council in the land of Zion:  Whereas the undersigned has payed six <hundred> dollarls to  Lawyers to carry on suits with the Jackson County  mob And has also paid three hundred dollars costs  in carrying on said suits; For which he has  never received any remuneration; In paying the  above he has involved himself; having had to borrow it  for which in part, at least, he is now paying their per cent  interest. Having a large family to support and no means  whereby he can at present extricate himself from these debts.  He therefore asks the high council whether they are willing [p. 88]
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.