Minutes, 23 March 1833–A

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23d of March 1833—
A of & assembld in the school room at 9 oclock agreeabl— to previous arangments.——
After opening the councel by prayer by Broth[er] Joseph it was agreed that bro and brothr should procede to make purchace of certain farms or to obtain, or to obtain their terms of sail, and and that Bro be appointed to obtain the price of and the brethren agreed to continue in prayer and fasting for the ultimate success of their mission after an absence of about three hours & returned and made report as follows. That would sell his farm for four thousand dollars and that Mr Morley would sell his farm for twenty one hundred dollars. and also returned and reported that would sell his farm for five thousand dollars and afte[r] the report of the brethren it was put to vote whether it was the property should be purchaced and deceded [decided] in the affirmative it was then agreed that bro and should superintend the purchacing of said farms and to have the prayer of the brethren and that they should be to that office accordingly ordained them as general agents to be set apart. [p. 18] to act as such in this eastern branch of the There b[e]ing no further busin[e]ss the councel closed by prayer——
<​ Clk PT [pro tempore]​> [p. 19]


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    A separate set of minutes taken on 23 March 1833 explained that Daley was to go and “provide all the means in his power to bring about the purchaces in Kirtland.” Coe had previously been tasked in April 1832 to provide the money needed to pay the remaining debt of $400 owed on Frederick G. Williams’s farm before the balance came due. According to Philo Dibble, Coe’s wife, Sophia Harwood, who was not a member of the church at the time, prevented Coe from paying what was apparently their own money to redeem the note. As a result, Dibble, under the direction of JS, sold 560 acres of his land in Elyria, Ohio, for only forty percent of its value in order to make the payment. Whether Sophia was baptized at some point following that episode is unknown, but only a year later Coe was named the debtor in the transaction with French to the amount of $3,000, suggesting that her reported resistance to her husband’s financial involvement in purchasing property for the church had been mitigated. (Minutes, 23 Mar. 1833–B; Dibble, Reminiscences, [4].)  

    Dibble, Philo. Reminiscences, no date. Typescript. CHL. MS 15447.

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    Peter French’s land comprised the northern fifty acres of lot 30 and approximately fifty-three acres of the southwestern portion of lot 17. (Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 17, pp. 38–39, 10 Apr. 1833, microfilm 20,237, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; see also illustration of church landholdings in Kirtland.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

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    A JS revelation dated three months earlier used similar language: “I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall continue in prayer, and fasting, from this time forth.” (Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:76]; see also Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 515 [4 Nephi 1:12].)  

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    Elijah Smith owned over two hundred acres of land in Kirtland, approximately half of which was very near Newel K. Whitney’s store and the Mormon settlements on Frederick G. Williams’s farm. Elijah Smith’s farm was also directly adjacent to seventeen acres of land in lot 18 that Whitney had just purchased from Gideon Riggs on 18 March 1833. The church, however, never purchased Smith's farm. (Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 7, p. 151, 27 Oct. 1817, microfilm 20,232; vol. 12, p. 143, 18 Nov. 1826, microfilm 20,234; vol. 17, p. 32, 18 Mar. 1833, microfilm 20,237; vol. 18, pp. 124–125, 20 Apr. 1832, microfilm 20,237, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; see also illustration of church landholdings in Kirtland.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

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    “Mr Morley” is probably Thomas Morley, father of church member Isaac Morley, who owned 34½ acres, primarily in lot 19, which was adjacent to both Elijah Smith’s property and Newel K. Whitney’s recently purchased land in lot 18. Thomas Morley never sold his land to the church, and there is some evidence that his asking price of $2,100 was inflated. Four years later, Morley finally sold the property in question and an additional 35 acres in another township to Nathaniel Milliken for $2,750. Milliken, a member of the church who had been ordained a seventy by the time of the purchase, may have procured the farm with the intent to turn it over to the church. However, by January 1838 Milliken had left the church and the property remained in his possession. (Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 24, pp. 320–321, 2 June 1837, microfilm 20,240, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Hepzibah Richards, Kirtland, OH, to Willard Richards, Bedford, England, 18–19 Jan. 1838, Willard Richards, Papers, CHL; see also illustration of church landholdings in Kirtland.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

    Richards, Willard. Papers, 1821–1854. CHL. MS 1490.

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    The second entry in Minute Book 1 dated 23 March 1833 stated that Coe and Thayer “shall be ordained to purcha[se] land for the saints in Kirtland.” (Minutes, 23 Mar. 1833–B.)