Minute Book 2

Resolved that Thomas B. Marsh and John Corril[l]  draft a petition, to hand in at the next term of  court, for the alteration and regulation of the Town  Plot of Far-West. Adjourned meeting till the  26th inst at 10 o’clock AM.

26 January 1838 • Friday

Far West, January 26th 1838—
Agreeable to adjournment the above named Apostles  and High Councellors and Lyman Wight in Company  with Samuel Bent High Priest and some others met  at the house of Br John Anderson.
John Murdock being the most aged in Council  presided and Samuel Bent was chosen clerk of the  meeting. The meeting being organized proceeded to buis ness and heard the report of the Committee as follows  Viz. Respecting their selling their lands in Jackson  County, they, the Presidents, declared they had not broken  any revelation or law or Law of God in so doing and  further if they were deprived of that privilege they  would sell their possessions in Far-West and  move out of the place and W[illiam] W. Phelps said he  would move out of the accursed place and further  they declared they would not be controlled by any  ecclesiastical power or revelation whatever in their  temporal concerns. And respecting the word of  wisdom, W. W. Phelps said he had not broken it but  had kept it. O[liver] Cowdery said he had drank tea &  three times a day this winter on account of his  ill health. David and John Whitmer said  they did use tea and coffee but they did not consider  them to come under the head of hot drinks.
The Council Resolved as follows:
1st That under existing circumstances we no  longer recieve them as Presidents.
2nd That the case be laid before the Church at [p. 95]
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.