high council, Minutes, [, Hancock Co., IL], 12 Apr. 1840. Featured version copied 14 Feb. 1842 in Nauvoo High Council Minutes, fair copy, pp. 54–55; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minutes, 27 Oct. 1839.
JS participated in a meeting of the held in his home on 12 April 1840. Of the four items the high council considered, three pertained to sending to the eastern to transact business. Granger had received similar assignments from church leaders beginning in 1837, when JS and gave Granger a power of attorney to settle their business with a company in . When church members departed , Ohio, in 1838, Granger remained behind to try to pay off debts and sell the Saints’ land. Once church members moved to , a general of the church assigned Granger to “preside over the general affairs of the Church” in Kirtland and to “take the Charge and oversight of the .” Granger also received a recommendation from JS, Rigdon, and in November 1839 directing him “to transact all manner of bussiness authorized by his former letters.”
Although the minutes of the 12 April meeting do not specify the nature of the business that was to manage, later correspondence suggests JS and the high council expected Granger to resolve the significant debts that the church still owed merchants in . As a result of these and other debts, several collection cases had been filed against JS and other church leaders, and the had been mortgaged. It appears that Granger was assigned to pay off that mortgage, the last payment of which was due on 8 July 1840. The high council directed to accompany Granger on his trip to the eastern , but Smith apparently did not do so. Before Granger departed, JS, , and Hyrum Smith assigned to him “all the debts, notes, & obligations” they owed to parties in New York and and instructed him to “use all necessary dilligence in Settling” these financial matters.
As clerk of the meeting, recorded the minutes, which he copied into the high council record book in February 1842.
Madsen, Gordon A. “Tabulating the Impact of Litigation on the Kirtland Economy.” In Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith’s Legal Encounters, edited by Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch, 227–246. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 2014.
Agreement with Oliver Granger, 29 Apr. 1840. Before departing Illinois, Granger also received transfers of deeds of Kirtland property and accounts due from other church members. (See, for example, William Marks to Oliver Granger, Deed, 28 Apr. 1840; and Amos Davis to Oliver Granger, Assignment, 21 Apr. 1840, Hiram Kimball, Collection, CHL.)
Kimball, Hiram. Collection, 1830–1910. CHL.
for taking rails from his lot.
After the matter had been explained by Joseph Smith jr, the charge was withdrawn.
2nd President Joseph Smith jr spoke relative to ’s going to the East to settle some buisness transactions for the , recomending that the Council should appoint some one to go with him.—
3rd On motion it was voted that go with to assist him in the aforesaid buisness transaction.
4th Voted that Prest Joseph Smith jr make the necessary credentials for and , concerning their buisness transactions in the East.—
Clerk Pro tem.—
Recorded on the 14th February 1842 by Clerk [p. 55]
The dispute mentioned here may have arisen because Ripley and JS were in charge of distributing all “rails formerly belonging to the City plot,” as noted in a high council meeting in May 1840. (Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 2 May 1840, 58.)
Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 1839–1845. CHL. LR 3102 22.