Minutes, 20 June 1840

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June 20th 1840. The High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints of Illinois met in council at the office [of] Joseph Smith jr.—
1. A memmorial was presented to the council, by Elder , from President Joseph Smith jr praying that the Council would relieve him from the temporalities of the Church [p. 60] which he necessarily had to engage in. In order that a location might be effected for the geathering of the saints.—
That he felt it his duty to engage, more particularly, in the spiritual welfare of the Saints & also, to the translating of the Egyptian Records— the Bible— & wait upon the Lord for such revelations as may be suited to the condition & circumstances of the Church.
That in order to relieve him from the anxiety and troubles necessarily attendant on buisness— transactions, they would appoint some one to take charge of the City Plot & attend to the buisness transactions which have heretofore rested upon him.
That when he is relieved from such temporal— duties he would have no means of support whatever & requested that some one might be appointed to see that all his necessary wants are provided for as well as sufficient means or appropriations for a clerk or clerks which <​he​> may require to aid him in his important work.
The council relieved Presdent Joseph Smith jr according to this the request of the memorial and [p. 61] appointed Elder to take charge of the City Plot and act as clerk in that buisness and also to attend to the disposing of the remaining lots and the buisness transactions which have heretofore rested upon him
was appointed steward to see that all the necessary wants of the First Presidency be supplied, as well as, to provide sufficient means or appropriations for a clerk or clerks to aid Prest J. Smith jr in his important work.—
Page [blank] , for and in behalf of the Church, prefered a charge against Ebenezer A. Black, for a course of fraudulent proceedings and conduct by him practized on said Church, relative to a town lot and lots in , commencing in falshood continuing in error & eventuating in unchristian-like conduct, done and conducted within the last twelve months
Plead not Guilty. whereupon it was voted that 2. speak on each side to wit (9) (10) (11) (12) pro tem for . The charge was fully [p. 62] sustained after which it was decided that Ebenezer A. Black stand expelled from the society of the Church untill he make a satisfactory confession and restore all the damages which he has caused to be done by his unchristian-like conduct &c
Resolved that , and be appointed a committee to visit for the purpose of making inquiriy and an examination into the affairs of the purchase and also of the Church Records and make a report of the same to the High Council Adjourned.
Clk pro tem. [p. 63]