Minutes and Discourse, 3 May 1844

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Friday May 3rd. 1844 2 P. M. Special meeting of the council called by the standing chairman. the secretary was absent and the minutes of the previous meetings not at hand & the reading was dispensed with. Er sung “Hail Columbia” &c. Calling the roll was omitted, 24 members present. Council opened by prayer from .
The chairman introduced Er to the council who expressed a belief that before long the kingdom of God would be set up and the will of God be done on the earth as it is done in heaven. He was unacquainted with the meeting, having been absent 9 months. He was ordained [p. [217]] an Elder Novr. 20— 1830. He has always held it a sacred principle when on parole, to keep a good look out. He considers himself a free man so far as Republican principles can make any man free on the face of the earth. The council can receive or reject him just as the brethren please
The chairman said he had never had any trials about s conduct, and presumed no one present had. We have no right to complain of others while we are as corrupt as they are. Gods way is, never to commence a matter untill he is able to carry it out.
He wanted and every other man who could leave, to go into all the States and preach and electioneer for [p. [218]] him to be president. And when he is president we can send out ministers plenipotentiary, who will secure to themselves such influence that when their office shall cease they may be received into everlasting habitations, but we should never indulge our appetites to injure our influence, or wound the feelings of friends, or cause the spirit of the Lord to leave us. There is no excuse for any man to drink and get drunk in the church of Christ, or gratify any appetite, or lust, contrary to the principles of righteousness.
The chairman continued to instruct the council on the principles of sobriety, and every thing pertaining to godliness at considerable length & concluded to by [p. [219]] remarking that it is best to run on a long race and be careful to keep good wind &c.—
Er was received into the council by unanimous vote. He was born May 9th. 1796—48 years of age
Ers , and gave their assent to all the rules of the house in relation to the proper head &c.
having returned from his mission, reported that in course of his travels he had visited in the , and had an interview with . He made some propositions to , but at first he thought nothing could be done. There are two parties in , about equal in power. [p. [220]] goes out of office in December ’Tis thought he will be re-elected. There are many speculators who wish to have the annexed to the to raise the price of land. He had sold seen 4000 acres sold for $20,00. There are no sales. Many speculators possess 100,000 acres of land. There are many speculators in &c who married [carried?] their slaves to . They want to get away from . There is no sale for land or negroes and they want to get away. thought the would not be annexed to the . The Texian government offered certain principles for protection. I made a proposition to to give or sell us a [p. [221]] tract of land on the Rio Grande. thought it doubtful whether Congress would grant it. Next day he thought Congress might grant the Saints a tract for a settlement. I proposed if was not annexed to the , to send a delegate to the Texian Congress at their next session. asked if I had any books on our religion and was sorry I had not, so that he could read them. I told him I did not come to treat with him on religion. I told him if he did agree to give us a tract on which we might institute a government, we might try to get some other grant and assist them in their government. I proposed to Mr Lot of to forward per the Texian Consul at some of [p. [222]] our books to .
The Lower are very unhealthy. is one of the prettiest locations on the earth. It is on a fine bay, rising back on the sand hills to the oceans back. Many trade from N.E. High Tarrif
Coffee is 2 cents pr lb. Cloth 2 cnts pr yard. Pork $1.00 pr barrell. Land good for Sugar. They are raising Cotton from the mouth of the Trinity to the forks, to Natchitoches, about 100 miles. There is a colony of Eastern men of about 300, raising Cotton. It is a perfectly health[y] location. They are destitute of timber The climate is mild, though hot at mid day in the sun. I think annexation will not take place, and if not I believe a tract of land may be obtained gratis, [p. [223]] if our people are a mind to go there. told me he would assist me all in his power in the government and would receive and communicate at any time. I He proposed to send some books with explanations &c
related the opinion of on annexation that Mr [Robert] Walker of Mississippi would be the only man in the senate who would vote for it.
said the petition for annexation of was not by either political party of , but by the speculators of and the and .
read a letter.
said the suggestion was made to and he offered [p. [224]] to receive . He [] did all he could to have go against annexation. The Texian Congress is not properly organized from leaving . It was made up from certain districts &c. There is nothing like 100 members of Congress, he should guess about 50.
The chairman suggested to select 50 men aside from this council and organize them. Give each man his stint, to convert his equal in at , and assist them in organizing a good government.
said the laws in were in a broken state. Some thought they all ought to be burned. They had one constitution. They had another constitution which was not printed. [p. [225]] The President could not act but 3 years in succession. thought the laws might be bettered, and the government of the also.
Er suggested that the best plan would be to throw a population into . Two thirds of is a most salubrious climate. The population is about 70,000. Let them mix with the people, or enjoy their own society as they find most convenient.
said that thinks there are from 100,000 to 120,000 inhabitants and about 20,000 voters. He has no doubt we may get land enough under the colonization act of . He thinks a few men might make more converts than 50 at the capital of . There might [p. [226]] be a great company scattered over the whole country. Two or three men might get a hearing and baptize a great many.
Er thought the first move ought to be to get a grant of land on which to colonize the poor of &c. and the fame thereof will go abroad as a place of rest and safety, and the people may gather.
approved of petitioning Congress of for a grant of land. At 6 o clock P.M adjourned for supper.
Reassembled and house called to order at 8 o clock in the evening
moved that Ers and take a mission to but the motion was not acted upon. [p. [227]]
The chairman suggested the idea of adjourning till monday and write to Uncle and to come to council.
Let this difficulty be settled with Laws if possible and then we will be ready to act.
motioned that take a mission to as there is an opening there. seconded by . but not acted upon.
The council then adjourned till monday next at 10 o clock. [5 lines blank] [p. [228]]