Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846; Volume 1, 10 March 1844–1 March 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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25 April 1844 • Thursday

Editorial Note
On 25 April 1844 the council met in the morning from 10:00 to noon and in the afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00. Although in the previous meeting JS had declared the council full, two more members were admitted. In the morning session, council members discussed a proposal before the House of Representatives related to . In the afternoon session, JS stated, “We must suspend our meetings for the time being and keep silence on the subject, lest by our continual coming together we raise an excitement.”
JS also proposed that, instead of meeting, council members should travel and campaign for JS’s presidency. ’s brief entry about the meeting in JS’s journal captured the decision: “the coun[c]il to disperse— abr[o]ad in the nation.” This resolution echoed JS’s instructions to the council a month earlier that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles “select men from the Quorums of the seventies and High Priests and send them to preach and electioneer through the different States, and then as many of the Twelve as can, follow these Elders and hold conferences in the various branches of the Church through the States.” By mid-April nearly 350 men, including many members of the council, had been given assignments to campaign throughout the . At the end of the meeting, JS advised that the council terminate work on a constitution for the kingdom and presented a revelation declaring that the council itself constituted the Lord’s constitution and spokesmen. In December 1846 described for the benefit of new members the original presentation of this revelation to the Council of Fifty. According to Clayton, after the constitution committee had written out “a long string of things,” JS himself “wrote on a scrip of paper the constitution.” The council adjourned sine die.

Thursday April 25th. 1844 10 o clock A. M. Council met pursuant to adjournment president Joseph Smith in the chair.
After the roll was called the chairman introduced his beloved brother to the council as a Paul, or as one born out of due time.
E[lde]r suggested the propriety of having a Barnabas also and recommend who was immediately sent for.
The reading of the minutes was called for, whereupon the minutes were read and accepted. [p. [207]]
25 April 1844 • Thursday

Editorial Note
On 25 April 1844 the council met in the morning from 10:00 to noon and in the afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00. Although in the previous meeting JS had declared the council full, two more members were admitted. In the morning session, council members discussed a proposal before the House of Representatives related to . In the afternoon session, JS stated, “We must suspend our meetings for the time being and keep silence on the subject, lest by our continual coming together we raise an excitement.”
JS also proposed that, instead of meeting, council members should travel and campaign for JS’s presidency. ’s brief entry about the meeting in JS’s journal captured the decision: “the coun[c]il to disperse— abr[o]ad in the nation.” This resolution echoed JS’s instructions to the council a month earlier that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles “select men from the Quorums of the seventies and High Priests and send them to preach and electioneer through the different States, and then as many of the Twelve as can, follow these Elders and hold conferences in the various branches of the Church through the States.” By mid-April nearly 350 men, including many members of the council, had been given assignments to campaign throughout the . At the end of the meeting, JS advised that the council terminate work on a constitution for the kingdom and presented a revelation declaring that the council itself constituted the Lord’s constitution and spokesmen. In December 1846 described for the benefit of new members the original presentation of this revelation to the Council of Fifty. According to Clayton, after the constitution committee had written out “a long string of things,” JS himself “wrote on a scrip of paper the constitution.” The council adjourned sine die.

Thursday April 25th. 1844 10 o clock A. M. Council met pursuant to adjournment president Joseph Smith in the chair.
After the roll was called the chairman introduced his beloved brother to the council as a Paul, or as one born out of due time.
Elder suggested the propriety of having a Barnabas also and recommend who was immediately sent for.
The reading of the minutes was called for, whereupon the minutes were read and accepted. [p. [207]]
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