History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

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<March 6> thing that ought to interest the Saints at present. and till it was ascertained  how it would terminate, no person ought to be brought to account before the  constituted authorities of the Church for any offence whatever, and was  determined that no man should be brought before the Council in ,  till that time &c &c that the law of consecration could not be kept here,  and that it was the will of the Lord that we should desist from trying  to keep it, and if persisted in, it would produce a perfect defeat of its  object, and that he assumed the whole responsibility of not keeping it  until proposed by himself. He requested every exertion to be made to  forward affidavits to , and also letters to Members of Congress,  the following votes were then passed. 1st. That this Council will coincide  with Prest. Joseph Smith Junr.’s decision concerning the Consecration Law,  on the principle of it being the will of the Lord, and of Prest. Smith’s  taking the responsibility on himself. 2nd. That a Committee of  three be appointed consisting of ,  and Abra[ha]m O. Smoot to obtain Affidavits and other documents to be  forwarded to the City of . 3rd. That the Clerk of this Council  be directed to inform , that it is the wish of this Council  that he should not upon any consideration, consent to accept of  any thing of Congress short of our just rights and demands for  our losses and damages in .

8 March 1840 • Sunday

<8> Sunday 8 I attended the High Council of at s.
President preached in Columbia Hall

9 March 1840 • Monday

<9> Monday 9 Elders , ,  , , and sailed from on  the Patrick Henry for .
March 9, 1840. Dear Bro. I expected by this time,  that we would be through with our business, but the Chairman of the Committee  gave notice last week, he should call it up to day, in the Senate; though  ’s having gone to , it will not be called up, until his return,  which will be on next Thursday, according to the information that I have  obtained relative to this matter— If the resolution is passed, as annexed  to the Report, I shall get my papers, and leave the — I have written  some letters to , which it seems he did not get (at least all of  them) Bro. writes, that left for the s, on the 5th. inst.  He stated, that he expects me to come there, to go with him home; and that  he would write me soon on the subject— I shall write for him to make the necessary  arrangements— He says family, left about a week ago for ;  also that the Church there numbers about one hundred; and, , , , and , were to Sail from   to England on the 7th. instant. As I have lately written several  letters to you— I shall bid adieu, not to write again, until after the Senate  acts upon our business. Mr. Robinson says, he has sent you a report,  notwithstanding, I shall enclose another for you— I have changed my place [p. 1026]
March 6 thing that ought to interest the Saints at present. and till it was ascertained how it would terminate, no person ought to be brought to account before the constituted authorities of the Church for any offence whatever, and was determined that no man should be brought before the Council in , till that time &c &c that the law of consecration could not be kept here, and that it was the will of the Lord that we should desist from trying to keep it, and if persisted in, it would produce a perfect defeat of its object, and that he assumed the whole responsibility of not keeping it until proposed by himself. He requested every exertion to be made to forward affidavits to , and also letters to Members of Congress, the following votes were then passed. 1st. That this Council will coincide with Prest. Joseph Smith Junr.’s decision concerning the Consecration Law, on the principle of it being the will of the Lord, and of Prest. Smith’s taking the responsibility on himself. 2nd. That a Committee of three be appointed consisting of , — and Abraham O. Smoot to obtain Affidavits and other documents to be forwarded to the City of . 3rd. That the Clerk of this Council be directed to inform , that it is the wish of this Council that he should not upon any consideration, consent to accept of any thing of Congress short of our just rights and demands for our losses and damages in .

8 March 1840 • Sunday

8 Sunday 8 I attended the High Council of at s.
President preached in Columbia Hall

9 March 1840 • Monday

9 Monday 9 Elders , , , , and sailed from on the Patrick Henry for .
March 9, 1840. Dear Bro. I expected by this time, that we would be through with our business, but the Chairman of the Committee gave notice last week, he should call it up to day, in the Senate; though ’s having gone to , it will not be called up, until his return, which will be on next Thursday, according to the information that I have obtained relative to this matter— If the resolution is passed, as annexed to the Report, I shall get my papers, and leave the — I have written some letters to , which it seems he did not get ( ) Bro. writes, that left for the s, on the 5th. inst. He stated, that he expects me to come there, to go with him home; and that he would write me soon on the subject— I shall write for him to make the necessary arrangements— He says family, left about a week ago for ; also that the Church there numbers about one hundred; and, , , , and , were to Sail from to England on the 7th. instant. As I have lately written several letters to you— I shall bid adieu, not to write again, until after the Senate acts upon our business. Mr. Robinson says, he has sent you a report, notwithstanding, I shall enclose another for you— I have changed my place [p. 1026]
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