The council met on 10 May 1845 in the upper room of the at 1:00 p.m. After a brief report of the committee appointed to examine the legal standing of the Nauvoo Legion, brought in the first of the fifteen-shooters the council had requested him to make. Talk then turned to civic matters, including a fencing dispute and needy families in the . agreed to try to settle the fencing dispute and recommended that the bishops be called together to help provide assistance to the poor.
proposed “dissolving the council for the time being untill something of importance shall arise to call the council together,” and the council adjourned sine die. Young’s stated reason for the proposal was the approach of summer, the “hurrying time of the year,” but he may also have been concerned about confidentiality. He spoke of “vessels in the council which are leaky” and counseled members against sharing information from the council with anyone, including their wives. In his journal provided as a reason for adjournment “the conduct of of whom there is strong suspicious of treachery.” Clayton provided no specifics, but three months earlier, when the council had reorganized in February 1845, Young and rebuked Yearsley for appearing to be “all for yourself and not for the church.”
Saturday May 10th. 1845 Council met pursuant to adjournment in the Upper room of the and organized at 1 o clock P.M. President in the Chair.
Grant was the brother of council member Jedediah M. Grant, who was away from Nauvoo on church business. George Grant may have been asked to attend the council in place of his brother, as he was later asked to do on 9 September 1845 (when he was admitted to the council). Alternatively, the listing of George Grant here may have been a mistake, as he was not marked as present for this meeting in the separate roll prepared by Clayton nor was he formally added to the council on this occasion. It is possible that his inclusion here indicates that Clayton copied these minutes into the record book sometime after Grant’s addition to the council. (See Council of Fifty, Roll, 22 Apr. 1845–27 Dec. 1846.)