Minutes, circa 1 May 1832

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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Minutes of a meeting of the .
Joseph Smith jr. President of & also of
. Clerk of Conference. and printer to the Church.
Bishop of
Counsellors of President.
, Lords Clerk.
, printer to the Church
Counsellor to the President (denied the faith)
Resolved that & be appointed agents to act in the name of this Firm.
Resolved that whenever any special business occur it shall be the duty of the United Firm by their branches at Missiouri & Ohio to regulate the same by special agency.
Resolved That the Firm loan fifteen thousand dollars for five years or longer at six per cent anually or semianually as the agreement can be made, & that be appointed to negotiate the same.
Closed. Prayer by br. .
Clerk of Conferenc. [p. 26]


  1. 1

    Minutes of other conferences up to this point usually refer to a “moderator” of a conference and not a “president.” Both words denote one who presided.  

  2. 2

    A June 1831 revelation directed William W. Phelps “to assist my servent Oliver [Cowdery] to do the work of Printing.” However, a July 1831 revelation appointed Phelps “as a Printer unto the Church” and directed Cowdery to “assist him even as I have commanded.” (Revelation, 14 June 1831 [D&C 55:4]; Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:11, 13].)  

  3. 3

    This designation probably references a March 1831 revelation that assigned Whitmer to “write & keep a regulal [regular] history & assist my servent Joseph in Transcribing all things which shall be given him.” On 9 April 1831, Whitmer “was appointed to keep the Church record & history by the voice of ten Elders.” (Revelation, ca. 8 Mar. 1831–B [D&C 47:1]; Minute Book 2, 9 Apr. 1831.)  

  4. 4

    Gause’s name was not included in the 26 April 1832 revelation designating the membership of the United Firm, and no other records indicate he was ever made a member. The parenthetical notation of Gause denying the faith was added after Cowdery made his original record; Gause was not excommunicated from the church until 3 December 1832. (See Historical Introduction to Minutes, 30 Apr. 1832; and JS, Journal, 3 Dec. 1832.)  

  5. 5

    Gilbert was directed to “plant” himself in Missouri while Whitney was living in Kirtland, Ohio. Both had previously been appointed agents to the church. (See Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:8]; Revelation, 8 June 1831 [D&C 53:4]; and Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:45].)  

  6. 6

    At this time, N. K. Whitney & Co. had goods with a valuation of only $2,000, suggesting that the firm was supposed to obtain a loan, not give one. (See Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 230.)  

    Staker, Mark L. Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2009.