and enjoy health— Prest. Smith propos’d that the ladies [gentlemen] withdraw, that the might proceed to business— that those wishing to join should have their names presented at the next meeting.——
Prest. J. Smith withdrew—
Prest. rose & said she would like to hear from those appointed to enquire into the case of Clarissa M[arvel]
Mrs. [Diantha] Billings said— we visited her, questioned her closely— she appear’d like an innocent girl—
Mrs Markam [Hannah Markham] corroborated the statement of Mrs. Billings.
Prest. said, We are call’d upon to find the origin of the report—
Mrs. Billings refer’d to Mrs. Winchester, with whom C. M. had resided—
Mrs. W. Had heard C. M. speak of Prest. J. Smith & family in the most respectful manner.
propos’d that the rumor be trac’d out— and the innocent clear’d—
Mrs. Gribble said Laura Jones & Hannah Burgess have reported against C. M.
motion’d that 2 persons be appointed to see L. Jones & H. B. carried unanly.
motioned that Mrs. Allred and be appointed to see them and cite them to appear at the next meeting.
Prest. said we were going to learn new things— our way was straight— said we wanted none in this society but those who could and would walk straight and were determined to do good and not evil— said that must serve unless she could provide [p. 23]