The previous question was then put— Shall this Society be call’d The
Society of Nauvoo?— carried
Prest. J. Smith— I now declare this Society
organiz’d with President and Counsellors &c. according to Parliamentary usages— and
all who shall hereafter be admitted into this Society must be free from censure and
receiv’d by vote—
Prest. J. Smith offered— $5.00 in gold piece to
commence the funds of the Institution.
Prest. requested that the gentlemen
withdraw before they proceed to the choice of Secretary and Treasurer, as was mov’d by
Prest. J. Smith—
The gentlemen withdrew when it was Motioned and second. and unanimously pass’d that be appointed Secretary, and Phebe
M. Wheeler, Assistant Secretary—
Motioned, second. and carried unanimly. that Elvira A. Coles be
Prest. then arose and proceeded to
make appropriate remarks on the object of the Society— its duties to others also its
relative duties to each other Viz. to seek out and relieve the distressed— that each
member should be ambitious to do good— that the members should deal frankly with each
other— to watch over the morals— and be very careful <of> the character and
reputation— of the members of the Institution &c.
P. A. Hawkes— Question— What shall we reply to interrogatories relative to
the object of this Society?
replied— for charitable purposes. [p. 13]