Minutes, 17 March 1834

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Livingston Co. N. York.
March 17, 1834.
This day a of assembled at the house . Joseph Smith Jun. and , , and , , , Harry Brown, and Henry Shibly, Elders, were present. Bro. J Smith Jun. opened the conference by prayer. He then arose and introduced the object of our meeting, which was to obtain young men and middle aged to go and assist in the redemption of according to the , and for the church to gather up their riches and send them to purchase [p. 42] lands according to the of the Lord. Also, to devise means, or obtain moneys for the relief of the brethren in ; say Two Thousand Dollars, which sum will deliver from Debt for the present, and also to determine the course which the several shall pursue or journey when they leave this place. It was proposed by bro. Joseph that and go with him to bro. Perry’s and see if, by their united efforts, they could not raise Two Thousand Dollars for the relief of . It was voted, that, bro. , , and , should exert themselves to obtain the said Two Thousand Dollars for the present relief of . They all agreed to do all they could to obtain it; and they firmly believed that they could obtain the amount by the first of April. It was also voted that I should tarry and preach in the regions round about until the money could be obtaid, and bring it immediately to . Voted that bro’s. Joseph & go to soon. Bro’s. and were appointed to journey to and preach by the way. Bro’s. & Harry Brown, go were appointed to visit the Churches in Black River country and obtain all the means they could to help .
, Cl’k. [p. 43]


  1. 1

    All of these individuals except for Alvah Beman, Sidney Rigdon, and Isaac McWithy went with JS on the expedition to Missouri. (Account with the Church of Christ, ca. 11–29 Aug. 1834.)  

  2. 2

    See Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:55–56, 72–74]; see also Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103:21–23].  

  3. 3

    JS’s journal indicates that he stayed with Edmund Bosley on 18 March and with Isaac McWithy on 19 March. “Bro. Perry” may have been Asahel Perry, who was baptized on 4 August 1833 in Middlebury, Genesee County, New York, where he also served as the leader of a branch of the Church of Christ. On 1 April 1834, Perry sold 119 acres of land in Middlebury for $2,300; it is unclear whether he donated any of that money to the church. (JS, Journal, 18–19 Mar. 1834; “Obituary,” Deseret News [Salt Lake City], 3 Mar. 1869, 41; Genesee Co., NY, Deed Records, 1792–1901, vol. 32, p. 108, 1 Apr. 1834, microfilm 987,181, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  

    Deseret News. Salt Lake City. 1850–.

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

  4. 4

    By 31 March 1834, Orton, Bosley, Nickerson, and McWithy had not accomplished their goal of collecting $2,000. (See JS et al., Kirtland, OH, to Orson Hyde, 7 Apr. 1834, in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 82–84.)  

  5. 5

    Orson Hyde.  

  6. 6

    Both JS and Sidney Rigdon were in Kirtland by the end of March; Wight had returned to Kirtland by mid-April. (JS, Journal, 28 and 30 Mar. 1834; Wight, Journal, in History of the Reorganized Church, 1:443.)  

    The History of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 8 vols. Independence, MO: Herald Publishing House, 1896–1976.

  7. 7

    Orson Pratt’s journal indicates that he and Murdock preached throughout March and most of April in various locations and that Pratt arrived back in Kirtland on 24 April 1834. Murdock arrived in Kirtland on 28 April 1834. (Pratt, Diary, 24 Apr. 1834; Murdock, Journal, 28 Apr. 1834.)  

    Pratt, Orson. Journal, 1833–1837. Orson Pratt, Autobiography and Journals, 1833–1847. CHL. MS 587, fds. 2–4.

    Murdock, John. Journal, ca. 1830–1859. John Murdock, Journal and Autobiography, ca. 1830–1867. CHL. MS 1194, fd. 2.

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    The Black River country consisted of portions of Jefferson and Lewis counties in northern New York. An article in the May 1834 issue of The Evening and the Morning Star noted that Parley P. Pratt traveled to Jefferson County “and found five or six small churches in the vicinity.” Pratt later recounted that he and Brown went to Henderson, Jefferson County, New York, where Brown’s father lived. Apparently leaving Brown in Henderson, Pratt continued on his mission by himself, returning to Kirtland toward the end of April 1834. Brown later went to Kirtland with Wilford Woodruff to take part in the expedition to Missouri. (French, Gazetteer of the State of New York, 352, 359, 361, 374–376; “Progress of the Church of the Latter Day Saints,” The Evening and the Morning Star, May 1834, 157; Pratt, Autobiography, 118–121; Woodruff, “History and Travels of Zion’s Camp,” 3.)  

    French, J. H. Gazetteer of the State of New York: Embracing a Comprehensive View of the Geography, Geology, and General History of the State. . . . 8th ed. Syracuse, NY: R. Pearsall Smith, 1860.

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

    Pratt, Parley P. The Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt, One of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Embracing His Life, Ministry and Travels, with Extracts, in Prose and Verse, from His Miscellaneous Writings. Edited by Parley P. Pratt Jr. New York: Russell Brothers, 1874.

    Woodruff, Wilford. “The History and Travels of Zion’s Camp, Led by the Prophet Joseph Smith from Kirtland Ohio to Clay County Missoura in the Spring of 1838,” 1882. CHL.