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Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

they need his instruction— ask him, he will give it from  time to time.
Let this Presidency serve as a constitution— all their  decisions be considered law; and acted upon as such.
If any Officers are wanted to carry out the designs of  the Institution, let them be appointed and set apart, as  Deacons, Teachers &c. are among us.
The minutes of your meetings will be precedents  for you to act upon— your Constitution and law.
He then suggested the propriety of electing a Presidency  to continue in office during good behavior, or so long as they  shall continue to fill the office with dignity &c. like the  first Presidency of the church.
Motioned by Sister Whitney and seconded by  Sister Packard that Mrs. Emma Smith be chosen President—  passed unanimously—
Mov’d by Prest. Smith, that Mrs. Smith proceed  to choose her Counsellors, that they may be ordain’d to  preside over this Society, in taking care of the poor— administ ering to their wants, and attending to the various affairs  of this Institution.
The Presidentess Elect, then made choice of Mrs.  Sarah M. Cleveland and Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Whitney  for Counsellors—
President Smith read the Revelation to Emma  Smith, from the book of Doctrine and Covenants; and  stated that she was ordain’d at the time, the Revelation  was given, to expound the scriptures to all; and to teach  the female part of community; and that not she alone,  but others, may attain to the same blessings.— [p. 8]
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“A Book of Records, Containing the proceedings of The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo,” Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book, 17 Mar. 1842–16 Mar. 1844; handwriting of Eliza R. Snow, Phebe M. Wheeler, Hannah M. Ells, and an unidentified scribe; 124 pages; CHL. Includes redactions and archival marking.
Account book or ledger, 12½ x 8¼ x 1 inches (32 x 21 x 3 cm). The text block, containing 132 leaves, measures 12⅛ x 7¾ inches (31 x 20 cm). Tooling design around edges of cover. Spine, red stamp. Edges of pages, green, with some wear.
Alphabetic tabs appear on the initial twelve leaves, left blank with the exception of three entries. Written on the recto of the “A–B” leaf is a note concerning provenance of the volume, described below. Two other notes, one on the reverse of the “A–B” leaf (“Jane Easton commenc’d work August 9th 1852”) and the other on the recto of the “L–M” leaf (“Mc Intire Geo. 2”) were penned by Eliza R. Snow in the Salt Lake Valley when she briefly appropriated the volume to record her temple ordinance work in the Council House. The last verso page of this section begins the pagination of the volume through page 127. The leaf with pages [2] and [3] is missing from the volume. It is unknown what, if anything, was written on this leaf. Nor is it known when pagination was added. Nine lines penned by Snow in very small script appear on the final page of the volume. The first of these lines reads “Commenc’d in C.H.”, with dates and numbers on subsequent lines.
Church apostle Willard Richards provided the ledger to Relief Society secretary Eliza R. Snow for the purpose of keeping a minute book. Snow maintained possession of the minutes. In 1855, at the request of church president Brigham Young, the minutes were handed temporarily to those compiling the official history of the church for publication in the Deseret News but were then returned to Snow. At the time of her death in 1887, the book came into the hands of Dr. Romania B. Penrose, Relief Society assistant secretary, who gave the book to Bathsheba W. Smith when Smith became general Relief Society president in 1901. The note inscribed on lines 2 through 6 on the recto of the “A–B” leaf (the first page of the volume) indicates the final disposition and location of the volume: “This record was obtained from Bathsheba Merrill who received it in the effects of her Mother Sister Bathsheba W. Smith after her death, and was filed in the Historian’s Office July 3, 1911. Joseph F. Smith, Jr.”
At least three verbatim copies have been made: a manuscript copy penned by Emmeline B. Wells (sometime after 1872), in Emmeline Wells Papers, BYU; a typewritten copy prepared under the direction of Relief Society general secretary Amy Brown Lyman, as described by Lyman in Relief Society General Board, Minutes, 11 December 1929, with some redactions, CHL; and a typescript completed by Edyth Jenkins Romney for the Church Historical Department, 15 November 1979, Edyth Jenkins Romney Typescript Collection, CHL, which formed the basis of this transcript.
In the 1842–1844 Relief Society record, some names have been erased, probably by light scraping with a penknife, and then rewritten correctly or more neatly. There are almost no strikeovers or additions, though some words were later inserted in pencil or different ink. Those apparently later redactions do not appear in this transcript.

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