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

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  • Historical Introduction
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21 March 1844 • Thursday

Editorial Note
On 21 March 1844 the council met from 9:00 a.m. to noon and reconvened at 2:00 p.m. attended a meeting of the Nauvoo Masonic Lodge in the evening, suggesting that the afternoon meeting of the council did not extend into the evening. JS’s journal notes that the council met “over the Store”—probably in the main assembly room in the second story of JS’s . JS appointed , the oldest member of the council, to serve as the chairman pro tem in the morning and , the next oldest member, in the afternoon.
The council decided to petition Congress to make JS a member of the U.S. Army, with authority to take volunteers into the western borderlands to protect and from foreign invasion. A committee was appointed to draft the petition, and was chosen to carry it to . The council also decided to send on a mission “to the Lamanites to instruct them to unite together.” JS recommended that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles select men to travel throughout the states to electioneer for his presidential campaign.

Thursday March 21— 1844 Council met at 9 A.M pursuant to adjournment and opened by prayer from Elder .
The chairman appointed Elder chairman pro. tem.
E[lde]r called up his resolution offered on the 19th. inst. which was then ordered to be laid on the table
Er motioned that the minutes of the last meeting be read.
Er begged to offer an amendment to motion viz. that the word be stricken out inasmuch as the had no jurisdiction over that Territory.
rose to a point of order [p. [40]]
21 March 1844 • Thursday

Editorial Note
On 21 March 1844 the council met from 9:00 a.m. to noon and reconvened at 2:00 p.m. attended a meeting of the Nauvoo Masonic Lodge in the evening, suggesting that the afternoon meeting of the council did not extend into the evening. JS’s journal notes that the council met “over the Store”—probably in the main assembly room in the second story of JS’s . JS appointed , the oldest member of the council, to serve as the chairman pro tem in the morning and , the next oldest member, in the afternoon.
The council decided to petition Congress to make JS a member of the U.S. Army, with authority to take volunteers into the western borderlands to protect and from foreign invasion. A committee was appointed to draft the petition, and was chosen to carry it to . The council also decided to send on a mission “to the Lamanites to instruct them to unite together.” JS recommended that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles select men to travel throughout the states to electioneer for his presidential campaign.

Thursday March 21— 1844 Council met at 9 A.M pursuant to adjournment and opened by prayer from Elder .
The chairman appointed Elder chairman pro. tem.
Elder called up his resolution offered on the 19th. inst. which was then ordered to be laid on the table
Er motioned that the minutes of the last meeting be read.
Er begged to offer an amendment to motion viz. that the word be stricken out inasmuch as the had no jurisdiction over that Territory.
rose to a point of order [p. [40]]
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