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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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13 March 1844 • Wednesday

Editorial Note
JS’s journal notes that the council met on 12 March, a date for which ’s council record contains no entry. According to JS’s journal, JS told local schoolteacher to find another place to meet because he “wanted the room over the for more impo[r]tant purposes.” JS then “calld the council of the previous day which assembld in the P.M. & ev[en]ing” in the assembly room above his store. Clayton, who apparently reconstructed the council record entries of 10–14 March from his journal, likely did not attend the 12 March meeting. His journal entry for 12 March notes, “At the Prest. all day Recording Deeds. P.M. at the Lodge.”
may have also missed part of a council meeting held the morning of 13 March. In the following account of the 13 March meeting, which expands upon his journal entry for that day, Clayton stated that the meeting began at eleven o’clock. However, JS’s journal notes that in the morning JS was “in council 9. to 12.” Sources suggest that the council met in the morning, afternoon, and evening on 13 March. It likely met in the assembly room in the upper story of JS’s , where it had met the day before. JS’s journal also notes that on 13 March he and gave council member a “letter of Attorney to transact business in .” This note appears between mention of the morning meeting and a note regarding another council meeting apparently held later in the day. Fielding left for England that day. wrote that he attended the council for the first time on 13 March, after arriving in that evening.
This retrospective entry in ’s council record—which focuses on the admittance of , , and —clearly fails to record most of the day’s council discussion and may conflate or confuse the timing of events. No other record exists to clarify what occurred.

Wednesday March 13, 1844 This morning at 11 o clock the council was convened by order of the chairman. After organization the chairman presented Elders , , and to the council for their admission to membership. The letters from were read and the nature and object of the meeting explained by the chairman after which the candidates were called <​up​>on to express their feelings and determinations and say if they were willing to abide by the Resolution offered by E[lde]r . The brethren then stated their determination to abide by the order [p. [29]]
13 March 1844 • Wednesday

Editorial Note
JS’s journal notes that the council met on 12 March, a date for which ’s council record contains no entry. According to JS’s journal, JS told local schoolteacher to find another place to meet because he “wanted the room over the for more impo[r]tant purposes.” JS then “calld the council of the previous day which assembld in the P.M. & ev[en]ing” in the assembly room above his store. Clayton, who apparently reconstructed the council record entries of 10–14 March from his journal, likely did not attend the 12 March meeting. His journal entry for 12 March notes, “At the Prest. all day Recording Deeds. P.M. at the Lodge.”
may have also missed part of a council meeting held the morning of 13 March. In the following account of the 13 March meeting, which expands upon his journal entry for that day, Clayton stated that the meeting began at eleven o’clock. However, JS’s journal notes that in the morning JS was “in council 9. to 12.” Sources suggest that the council met in the morning, afternoon, and evening on 13 March. It likely met in the assembly room in the upper story of JS’s , where it had met the day before. JS’s journal also notes that on 13 March he and gave council member a “letter of Attorney to transact business in .” This note appears between mention of the morning meeting and a note regarding another council meeting apparently held later in the day. Fielding left for England that day. wrote that he attended the council for the first time on 13 March, after arriving in that evening.
This retrospective entry in ’s council record—which focuses on the admittance of , , and —clearly fails to record most of the day’s council discussion and may conflate or confuse the timing of events. No other record exists to clarify what occurred.

Wednesday March 13, 1844 This morning at 11 o clock the council was convened by order of the chairman. After organization the chairman presented Elders , , and to the council for their admission to membership. The letters from were read and the nature and object of the meeting explained by the chairman after which the candidates were called upon to express their feelings and determinations and say if they were willing to abide by the Resolution offered by Elder . The brethren then stated their determination to abide by the order [p. [29]]
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