Appendix 2: Council of Fifty, Minutes, 27 February 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Febry 27. 1845— Council in office—
the ob[jec]t. is— has a Co. [company] of 35 fam[ilies] in , to go into the Wilderness— Moses Smith knows all ab[ou]t. them— we can control them yet— is out of our control— he has flung himself out of the Priesthood— he wants to do, what the Lord wants us to do— bring the lost sheep back— & save this Co.— he has dec[ide]d. not to live among the Gentiles— let them live there & preserve themselves— so as to protect them, & keep the Priesthood— my feelings are to save them— if they come back, they will be rec[eive]d.we have dropt &
went according to my council— I never lisped this to any one yet— he will see me again & report to me— he will do a good work yet— is acquainted with nearly all the tribes, & he can take a company right from here to the Pacific— the Flat Heads have 200,000 warriors— ano[the]r. tribe 180 & anr. 150,000 they want Mormonism— we want some to stay among them as missionaries—
says the report only abt. 2 or 300,000— & also reported the speechs of Sacs & Foxes— who are dissatisfied— we can now make a virtue— unite our teams & plow with Ephraim as well as the Gentiles—
[Moses] Smith, <​is​> fully satisfied that a majority of the Co. would be councilled by the 12. if the Council is to stop, they will, or go on just as ordered— we are above the Sacs & Foxes where there is game— I suppose 160 miles N.W. from here— I supposed that had an appointment & by the 12—
s[ai]d. talked as plain as any man could— & accused him of stealing from the Gentiles, & he denied it— he sd. he wo[ul]d. not be councilled— “I cant come back” he was not willing to be gov[erne]d. by the Council if men will not go according to Council, they will go to the devil— he went to work & deceived man [p. [1]]
Febry 27. 1845— Council in office—
the object. is— has a Co. company of 35 families in , to go into the Wilderness— Moses Smith knows all about. them— we can control them yet— is out of our control— he has flung himself out of the Priesthood— he wants to do, what the Lord wants us to do— bring the lost sheep back— & save this Co.— he has decided. not to live among the Gentiles— let them live there & preserve themselves— so as to protect them, & keep the Priesthood— my feelings are to save them— if they come back, they will be received.— we have dropt &
went according to my council— I never lisped this to any one yet— he will see me again & report to me— he will do a good work yet— is acquainted with nearly all the tribes, & he can take a company right from here to the Pacific— the Flat Heads have 200,000 warriors— another. tribe 180 & anr. 150,000 they want Mormonism— we want some to stay among them as missionaries—
says the report only abt. 2 or 300,000— & also reported the speechs of Sacs & Foxes— who are dissatisfied— we can now make a virtue— unite our teams & plow with Ephraim as well as the Gentiles—
Moses Smith, is fully satisfied that a majority of the Co. would be councilled by the 12. if the Council is to stop, they will, or go on just as ordered— we are above the Sacs & Foxes where there is game— I suppose 160 miles N.W. from here— I supposed that had an appointment & by the 12—
said. talked as plain as any man could— & accused him of stealing from the Gentiles, & he denied it— he sd. he would. not be councilled— “I cant come back” he was not willing to be governed. by the Council if men will not go according to Council, they will go to the devil— he went to work & deceived man [p. [1]]
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