Letter from Abraham C. Hodge, 25 January 1842

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Sometime after the discontinuation of this  Stake, our President (Br Mariam) moved  from this place to and took our  Church Records with him, After he left  there was some difficulties arose between  the two Counselors who <still> remained, which  was the cause of animosities and hard feelings  in the Church to some extent, And as we  considered it our privilege as well as our duty  in our then unorganised situation that there  should be something done in order to be  unitet and receive the blessings of Heaven  in as much as the Stake was discontinued  and the President had left and taken  the Records with him; the two Counselors  being divided, and the members being  dissatisfied with their holding the station  which <they> pretended to hold; Under these  circumstances we deemed it our duty to  call the Church together and choose a  leader to preside over us; And at our  meeting <was> nominated for  our president and unanimously chosen  with the exception of one vote
The reasons of our adopting the fifth  Resolution was because the list of the  names of the members was taken  with the Records
We shall expect an a[n]swer from you  whether the above proceeings are legal or  not Yours in Brotherly love
R, J, Coats.’ Clerk
By order of the Branch
R, J, Coats Clerk Abm C. Hodges President [p. [2]]
Sometime after the discontinuation of this Stake, our President (Br Mariam) moved from this place to and took our Church Records with him, After he left there was some difficulties arose between the two Counselors who still remained, which was the cause of animosities and hard feelings in the Church to some extent, And as we considered it our privilege as well as our duty in our then unorganised situation that there should be something done in order to be unitet and receive the blessings of Heaven in as much as the Stake was discontinued and the President had left and taken the Records with him; the two Counselors being divided, and the members being dissatisfied with their holding the station which they pretended to hold; Under these circumstances we deemed it our duty to call the Church together and choose a leader to preside over us; And at our meeting was nominated for our president and unanimously chosen with the exception of one vote
The reasons of our adopting the fifth Resolution was because the list of the names of the members was taken with the Records
We shall expect an answer from you whether the above proceeings are legal or not Yours in Brotherly love
By order of the Branch
R, J, Coats Clerk Abm C. Hodges President [p. [2]]
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