Minutes, 24 February 1834

the hands of our enemies except a piece owned by bro. Wm.  E. Mc.Lellin of thirty acres which he sold into the hands of  the enemy, and seven acres more which he would have  sold to the enemy if a brother had not come forward &  purchased it and paid him his money Bro. Joseph then  arose and said that he was going to Zion to assist in  redeeming it. He then called for the voice of the Council  to sanction his going which was given without a dissenting  voice. He then called for volunteers to go with him,  when some thirty or forty volunteered to go who were then present  at the council. It was a question whether we should go by  water or by land, and after a short investigation it was  decided unanimously that we go by land. Joseph Smith Jun.  was nominated and seconded to be the Commander in Chief  of the Armies of Israel and the leader of those who volun teered to go and assist in the redemption of Zion, and  carried by the vote of all present. Council then adjourned  by prayer and thanksgiveing.
Orson Hyde and)C’lks.
Oliver Cowdery)
[p. 42]
Minutes, Kirtland, OH, 24 Feb. 1834; handwriting of Orson Hyde; in Minute Book 1, pp. 41–42; CHL.