Minutes, 27 October 1839

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  • Historical Introduction

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Octr. 27. 1839—
met according to adjournment— when Joseph Smith Junr informed this Council the wages of his clerk must be reconsidered— Accordingly it was voted <​that​> the wages of be $30'/" pr month during the times of his services as a Clerk—
Voted to discontinue the resolutions of 21 inst respecting the Red Store, that the Markham house supply the place resolved that this Council & Treasurer pay to $150— for that portion of Ferry owned on the side at as pr Charter
Voted that be the person to select hymns— compile & publish a hymnbook for the use of the and that a letter be written to at i[n]forming him of the same and for him to not publish the hymns taken by him from [p. 27]
Voted that this Council assist in the Expence of publishing a humnbook as also the times & seasons—
Copied by [p. 28]


  1. 1

    Mulholland began working as JS’s clerk in late August or early September 1838 and was paid twenty dollars per month prior to this meeting. Mulholland was also appointed “sub Treasurer” of the church’s business at the 21 October 1839 meeting of the Nauvoo high council. (JS, Journal, Sept.–Oct. 1838, [3]; see also Historical Introduction to JS, Journal, Sept.–Oct. 1838; Note, in JS, Journal, Sept.–Oct. 1838, [5]; and Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 21 Oct. 1839, 25.)  

    Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 1839–1845. Draft. CHL.

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    The high council minutes of 21 October 1839 do not contain any resolutions referring to a “Red Store.” The “Markham house” was likely Stephen Markham’s residence. In May 1839, Markham was appointed as an agent to JS “to gather up And receive such means in money or otherwise as shall enable us to meet our engagements which are now about to devolve upon us” because of land purchases in the vicinity of Commerce. As of May 1839, Markham was renting a house near Lima, Illinois. (Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 21 Oct. 1839, 25–27; Nauvoo High Council Minutes, draft, 21 Oct. 1839; Authorization for Stephen Markham, 27 May 1839; Foote, Autobiography, 44.)  

    Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 1839–1845. Draft. CHL.

    Foote, Warren. Autobiography, not before 1903. Warren Foote, Papers, 1837–1941. CHL. MS 1123, fd. 1.

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    In June 1839, Knight made several purchases of land on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River, including part of the town of Montrose and other acreage in the Half-Breed Tract. The rights to the Illinois side of the ferry were apparently secured by George W. Robinson in April 1839 when he, on behalf of JS and his counselors in the First Presidency, purchased land from Isaac Galland. In February 1839, the Illinois legislature gave Galland the rights to operate a ferry across the Mississippi River to Montrose. As part of Robinson’s agreement with Galland, Robinson obtained the rights to the ferry. The purpose for the $150 is not clear. It may have been meant as a payment to Galland for the rights Robinson had obtained, but the minutes suggest it was a payment for the rights of the ferry on the Iowa side of the river. The payment also may have been used to buy necessary equipment for the ferry or to reimburse Knight for money he had provided for the purchase of a horse boat to use as a ferry. The money also may have been meant to defray the monthly salary of Daniel C. Davis, whom the high council had appointed a week earlier to be the “master” of a ferry on the river and who had entered into an agreement with JS for that purpose on 21 October 1839. (Alanson Ripley, “Keokuk,” Times and Seasons, Dec. 1839, 1:24; Lee Co., IA, Land Records, 1836–1961, Deeds [South, Keokuk], vol. 1, pp. 507–509, microfilm 959,238; vol. 2, pp. 3–6, 13–16, microfilm 959,239, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; An Act to Incorporate the Commerce Hotel Company [28 Feb. 1839], Incorporation Laws of the State of Illinois, p. 154, sec. 11; Hancock Co., IL, Deed Records, 1817–1917, vol. 12-G, p. 274, 30 Apr. 1839, Hancock County Recorder’s Office, Carthage, IL; Agreement with George W. Robinson, 30 Apr. 1839; Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 20 and 21 Oct. 1839, 24, 26–27; Knight, Account Book, 7; Agreement with Daniel C. Davis, 21 Oct. 1839.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

    Illinois Office of Secretary of State. Enrolled Acts of the General Assembly, 1818–1993. Illinois State Archives, Springfield.

    Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 1839–1845. Draft. CHL.

    Knight, Vinson. Account Book, 1839–1842. Microfilm. CHL.

  4. 4

    An 1830 revelation instructed Emma Smith “to make a selection of Sacred Hymns as it shall be given thee.” (Revelation, July 1830–C [D&C 25:11].)  

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    Before Brigham Young and other members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles left on their mission to England in 1839, they and JS spent several days selecting hymns that Young took with him, apparently in hopes of publishing them. (Kimball, “History,” 111; JS, Journal, 8–20 July 1839.)  

    Kimball, Heber C. “History of Heber Chase Kimball by His Own Dictation,” ca. 1842–1856. Heber C. Kimball, Papers, 1837–1866. CHL. MS 627, box 2.

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    The Times and Seasons was the church’s newspaper. In its first issue, editors Don Carlos Smith and Ebenezer Robinson stated that they needed money from subscriptions in advance so they could publish the newspaper. (Ebenezer Robinson and Don Carlos Smith, “A Word to the Saints,” Times and Seasons, Nov. 1839, 1:11–12.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.