Minutes, 28 December 1835

The following complaint was presented by J. Smith Junr.
Brethren, Almon Babbit[t] has been misrepresenting  me to certain of the brethren. I therefore prefer a  complaint to the council that the subject may be  investigated, that my character and influence may  be preserved as far as it can in righteousness.
Yours in the bonds of the New & everlasting  covenant— Joseph Smith Junr.
It was decided that three should speak on each side.  Elder L[yman] Wight was called and stated what led to the affair  was a difference in opinion respecting keeping their  meeting. Elder Babbit said J. Smith Junr. got mad  because he got overpowered in argumint as Babbit  had remarked before L. Wight, said men would get over  the mark, in advocating error. Babbit said a man must  be a very weak man if he could not argue aginst the  truth without being swerved Babbit said he (Smith) got  mad because he was overpowered in argument.  There would have been no disturbance if he had  not got mad. Elder [Roger] Orton agreed with what L. Wight  had stated. Dont know whether the conversation was  heard by any one else. Babbit said he could read  Tho. Paine or any other work without being swerved.  B. Said this by the door of the House, and appeared dis satisfied with J. Smith’s bad spirit. Elder L. Wight thought  Babbit showed a bad spirit against J. Smith.
Elder L[yman] Sherman called. Has not heard Babbit say  anything against J. Smith Junr Council asked Sherman  if he had seen Babbit exhibit a restless or a dissatisfied spirit  Says, that on the Flats one or two days after the trans action at the debate, Babbit said of his party. If  it was not able one way, it was another, by knocking  down. Sherman understood, that if they could not [p. 132]
Minutes, Kirtland, OH, 28 Dec. 1835; handwriting of Warren Cowdery; in Minute Book 1, pp. 131–134; CHL.