Minutes, 16 August 1841

At a <special> conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter Day saints held in the City of Nauvoo August  16th 1841 Brigham Young was unanimously appoin ted to preside over the conference and Elias Smith  and Lorenzo Barnes appointed Clerks
Conference Opened by prayer by the president  after a hym had been sung by the Clerk Choir
The objects of calling the conference was then made  known by the choirs president who stated that president  Joseph Smith had called the conference to trans act some business necessary to be done before the  <meeting of the> general conference <to be held> in Oct next. The items of business  of to be to select men to send into the vinenayard qualified  to preach the gospel and men of experience &c. To take  measures to provide for emigrants <who are> coming to this  place and prevent impositions being practised by  speculators &c. &c.. A List of names of Elders and cities was read <by the president>,  Voted that the names of persons selected to go out to  preach be presented one by one before the confer ence. The following were then presented and the places  of their Labour designated and were accepted unanimou[s]ly
H[enry] G. SherwoodNew. Orleans La.
A[braham] O. SmootCharleston S. C.
Benjn WinchesterSalem Mass
Erastus Snow" "
John MurdockBaltimore Md.
Samuel James.Washington D. C.
On motion of V[inson] Knight seconded by Samuel Bent  Resolved that the quorum of the twelve select  the individuals to go <out and preach> & to the several places design[ated]  to be supplied; to expedite the business of <and present them to> the conference  <with a view of expediting the business of the conference>  The situation of the poor in the City of Nauvoo was  then presented to the conference by Bishops V. Knight  and Geo. Miller. and a collection taken up for their benefit  <After> Singing by the choir.— Adjourned for 1 hour and to meet  at 2 oclock P.M. [p. [1]]
Minutes, Nauvoo, IL, 16 Aug. 1841; handwriting of Elias Smith; two pages; CHL.