Minute Book 2

that he should pay the said $. 900,, and the interest  that has accumulated theron, out of the property con secrated for the benefit of the church:— And charge  the church for the same.
Farwest Dec 6th 1837——
u[n]animously voted that said petition be received and  and Bishop Partridge be directed to use  the properties of the church for said purposes  as requested in said petition—.
Unanimiously voted that the that the recorder of  Licenses and Patriarchal blessings receive for  each hundreds records $10., for his services.—  Council adjourned till tomorrow at. 9. Oclock  A.M. Prayer by Pres.t Phelps.
Thirsday Dec 7th 1837
Council met pursuant to adjournment and was  opened by prayer of Prest John Whitmer. Yesterdays  proceedings were read by the Clerk:——
The committee on church revinue made the following  riport which was read by their chairman Bishop  E[dward] Partridge and once by the clerk and was then  engrossed for a third reading.
Far West Dec 7th 1837
We the undersigned a committee appointed  yesterday by a general council in the Land of  Zion for the purpose of adopting a plan wherby  the church of Latter Day Saints may voluntarily  raise means by tighing themselves to be a fund  ready at all times to assist the poor with. . . and also  to compensate the Servents of the Lord for their services  in attending to the business of the church.— and for  other necessary purposes. Having investigated the subject  as fully as the time would permit, making the following  report. First. We believe that a voluntary free will  offring from year to year will not only be pleasing in [p. 89]
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.