History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 6​> return, he called on his brother for the money belonging to the church; but Daniel thought Samuel had paid out too much of his money, and he would keep the Church’s money to make good his own. I called to see D. Russell about the money, and he treated me so very politely, but did not give me to understand he ever meant to pay it. He said he did not know at the time, that there was any church money in the bag; that he had paid it out, and he had none now.
(Samuel Russell who brought the money from the east, stated to the conference, that he did not think it was because his brother was short of funds, that he kept it, for he had money enough. He had told him that he should not be out of funds again; that his brother had twenty dollars of the church funds, and some dried fruit for the President)
President Joseph resumed. I give this as a sample of a thousand instances. We cannot give an account to satisfy the people, on the church books, unless something is done. . I propose that you send your moneys for the by the Twelve, or some agent of your own choosing, and if you send by others, and the money is lost ‘tis lost to yourselves; I cannot be responsible for it.— Every thing that falls into my hands shall [HC 5:330] be appropriated to the very thing it was designed for.
It is wrong for the Church to make a bridge of my nose, in appropriating funds for the . The Act of incorporation required of me securities, which were lodged in the proper hands as the law directs; and I am responsible for all that comes into my hands
The Temple Committee are bound to me in the sum of $2000, with good security If they apply any property where they ought not, they are liable to me for it; individuals are running to them, with funds every day, and thus make a bridge over my nose. I am not responsible for it. If you put it into the hands of the Temple Committee, <​neither​> I, nor my clerk, know anything of it.
So long as you consider me worthy to hold this office, it is your duty to attend to the legal forms belonging to the business; and if not, put some other one in my place. My desire is that the conference minutes may go forth in such form, that those abroad may learn the order of doing business; and that the Twelve be appointed to this special mission, of collecting funds for the ; so that all may know how to send their funds safely, or bring them themselves, and deliver them to the Trustee in Trust, or his clerk, who can always be found in the office. Who are the Temple Committee that they should receive the funds? They are nobody.
When I went to the White House at , and presented letters of introduction from , Governor of , to , he looked at them very con <​temptuous​>ly and said, “! !! who’s ? ’s nobody.” I erred in spirit, I confess my mistake; and I here make my apology to all the world, and let it be recorded on earth and in heaven, that I am clear of the sin of being angry with for saying that’s nobody.” I have been sorry for it ever since.
All property ought to go through the hands of the Trustee in Trust. [p. 1515]
April 6 return, he called on his brother for the money belonging to the church; but Daniel thought Samuel had paid out too much of his money, and he would keep the Church’s money to make good his own. I called to see D. Russell about the money, and he treated me so very politely, but did not give me to understand he ever meant to pay it. He said he did not know at the time, that there was any church money in the bag; that he had paid it out, and he had none now.
(Samuel Russell who brought the money from the east, stated to the conference, that he did not think it was because his brother was short of funds, that he kept it, for he had money enough. He had told him that he should not be out of funds again; that his brother had twenty dollars of the church funds, and some dried fruit for the President)
President Joseph resumed. I give this as a sample of a thousand instances. We cannot give an account to satisfy the people, on the church books, unless something is done. . I propose that you send your moneys for the by the Twelve, or some agent of your own choosing, and if you send by others, and the money is lost ‘tis lost to yourselves; I cannot be responsible for it.— Every thing that falls into my hands shall [HC 5:330] be appropriated to the very thing it was designed for.
It is wrong for the Church to make a bridge of my nose, in appropriating funds for the . The Act of incorporation required of me securities, which were lodged in the proper hands as the law directs; and I am responsible for all that comes into my hands
The Temple Committee are bound to me in the sum of $2000, with good security If they apply any property where they ought not, they are liable to me for it; individuals are running to them, with funds every day, and thus make a bridge over my nose. I am not responsible for it. If you put it into the hands of the Temple Committee, neither I, nor my clerk, know anything of it.
So long as you consider me worthy to hold this office, it is your duty to attend to the legal forms belonging to the business; and if not, put some other one in my place. My desire is that the conference minutes may go forth in such form, that those abroad may learn the order of doing business; and that the Twelve be appointed to this special mission, of collecting funds for the ; so that all may know how to send their funds safely, or bring them themselves, and deliver them to the Trustee in Trust, or his clerk, who can always be found in the office. Who are the Temple Committee that they should receive the funds? They are nobody.
When I went to the White House at , and presented letters of introduction from , Governor of , to , he looked at them very con temptuously and said, “! !! who’s ? ’s nobody.” I erred in spirit, I confess my mistake; and I here make my apology to all the world, and let it be recorded on earth and in heaven, that I am clear of the sin of being angry with for saying “’s nobody.” I have been sorry for it ever since.
All property ought to go through the hands of the Trustee in Trust. [p. 1515]
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