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 May 1844 • Saturday

Editorial Note
The council met on 25 May 1844 “by order of the chairman”—apparently in order to review a 30 April 1844 letter recently received from in . Many of the council’s members were traveling and campaigning for JS’s presidency, but seventeen members convened at 1:00 p.m. JS’s journal indicates the meeting was held in the “north room” of JS’s residence, the . Although fewer than half the council members attended the meeting, they conducted business as if there were a quorum, and complained that “the minutes could not be taken in full” with “so much disorder and confusion” from members speaking over each other. In addition to reading and discussing Hyde’s letter, the council also decided to have —who was to move to to run for vice president—resign from his position as postmaster of and recommend JS as his replacement.

Saturday May 25th. 1844 1 o clock P.M. Council met by order of the chairman. Present J. Smith in the chair , , , , , , , , , , , , , [,] . Clerk.
The council was opened by a few remarks from the President on the subject of our Memorial before Congress, its prospects &c. After which a letter was read from E[lde]r dated April 30th. 1844.
The subject was discussed by [p. [253]]
25 May 1844 • Saturday

Editorial Note
The council met on 25 May 1844 “by order of the chairman”—apparently in order to review a 30 April 1844 letter recently received from in . Many of the council’s members were traveling and campaigning for JS’s presidency, but seventeen members convened at 1:00 p.m. JS’s journal indicates the meeting was held in the “north room” of JS’s residence, the . Although fewer than half the council members attended the meeting, they conducted business as if there were a quorum, and complained that “the minutes could not be taken in full” with “so much disorder and confusion” from members speaking over each other. In addition to reading and discussing Hyde’s letter, the council also decided to have —who was to move to to run for vice president—resign from his position as postmaster of and recommend JS as his replacement.

Saturday May 25th. 1844 1 o clock P.M. Council met by order of the chairman. Present J. Smith in the chair , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Clerk.
The council was opened by a few remarks from the President on the subject of our Memorial before Congress, its prospects &c. After which a letter was read from Elder dated April 30th. 1844.
The subject was discussed by [p. [253]]
Page [253]