Note, circa 24 May 1839
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On or around 24 May 1839, JS created a note approving recent items of business in , Illinois. First, he sanctioned a statement from the concerning recent proceedings of the Quorums of the , which acted under the direction of the Twelve. Consequently, the apostles, who acted under the direction of the , brought the proceedings of the seventies to JS for review.Second, JS indicated his approval of the proposed mission of the apostles to Europe. During the general of the church on 4–5 May 1839 and a meeting for leaders on 6 May, the Saints approved resolutions that the apostles, along with some seventies and , should embark on a mission to Europe. Seven of the apostles—, , , , , , and —had recently returned from , Missouri, where on 26 April 1839 they met at the , as directed by revelation, in preparation for undertaking their transatlantic mission.The date of JS’s note is uncertain. dated the note 24 May 1839 when he copied it into JS Letterbook 2. JS’s journal indicates that JS dictated letters and “attend[ed] to the various business of the Church” from 20 to 24 May, which aligns with Mulholland’s dating. However, the journal entry dated 25 May states that JS “met in conference with the twelve, and others of the church.” Because the text of the note suggests it was drafted as a result of a council meeting or conference, the note was perhaps created in response to proceedings of the 25 May conference, for which there are no minutes. JS’s original note, which is apparently not extant, may have been misdated, or Mulholland may have made an error when he copied the note into the letterbook. Several elements in the text indicate JS authored the note. These elements include the note’s reference to “myself”; the inclusion of JS’s full name—possibly a signature in the original—after the first approved item; and his initials at the end of the second approved item. It is unknown whether he drafted the original himself or dictated it to a scribe. It appears that Mulholland copied the original note when he inscribed the text in Letterbook 2 between 29 May and 30 October 1839.
Record of Seventies / First Council of the Seventy. “Book of Records,” 1837–1843. Bk. A. In First Council of the Seventy, Records, 1837–1885. CHL. CR 3 51, box 1, fd. 1.
Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.
Mulholland, James. Letter of Introduction, Commerce, IL, for Heber C. Kimball et al., 10 July 1839. CHL.