Minutes, 24 April 1839

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  • Historical Introduction

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Met in on the 24th day of April— (1839) Joseph Smith Jr was called to the chair, and Br chosen Clerk.
After prayer by the Chairman, arose and explained the object of the meeting.
A document intended for publication was handed in, touching certain things relative to disorderly persons who have or may represent themselves as belonging to our ; which document was approved by the council.
After which It was Resolved
1rst That President, J, Smith Jr , and Br visit the immediately
2nd Resolved— That the advice of of this to the Brethren in general is, that as many of them as are able, move on to the north as soon as they possibly can.
3rd Resolved— That all the prisoners [p. [1]] be received into fellowship.
4th Resolved— That be appointed Clerk, pro, tem.
5th Resolved— That ’s case relative to his circumstances be referred to the .
6th Resolved— That receive some money for remuneration for his Services. [p. [2]]


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    TEXT: Thompson later added “for the purpose of making locations for the Church”.  

  2. 2

    TEXT: Thompson later added “(to Commerce)”.  

  3. 3

    JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Alexander McRae, and Caleb Baldwin escaped from Missouri custody on 16 April 1839. (Historical Introduction to Promissory Note to John Brassfield, 16 Apr. 1839.)  

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    Mulholland, who had started keeping JS’s journal in September 1838, was a natural choice as a temporary clerk. (JS, Journal, 3 Sept. 1838.)  

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    Many members of the Smith family, including Joseph Smith Sr., Lucy Mack Smith, and Don Carlos Smith and his family, fled Missouri on 14 February 1839 under considerable duress. Upon relocating to Quincy, Illinois, many of them were housed in temporary residences. The reference to the bishops in this resolution may pertain to the Smiths’ housing situation or general need for assistance. (Historian’s Office, JS History, Draft Notes, 14 Feb. 1839; Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845, bk. 16, [12], bk. 17, [2]; Woodruff, Journal, 16 Mar. 1839; George Miller, St. James, MI, to “Dear Brother,” 22 June 1855, in Northern Islander [St. James, MI], 9 Aug. 1855, [1].)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

    Northern Islander. St. James, MI. 1850–1856.

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    TEXT: Thompson later added “in transacting business for the church in Missouri”. David Rogers, who had previously served on a committee to examine lands for purchase in Iowa, was sent to oversee the sale of church properties in Jackson County, Missouri. (Far West Committee, Minutes, 17 Mar. 1839.)  

    Far West Committee. Minutes, Jan.–Apr. 1839. CHL. MS 2564.