Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 28 January 1832

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General held in this land said establishment to b[e] put in opportunity operation as  soon as circumstances may permit. Carried by unanimous vote. Confrence adjourned until 3. oclock  PM. Clerk of Confrence.——
Con. convened according to adjournment 3. oclock P.M. Quotation from the Law. “And it  shall come to pass that the of my after that he has received the properties of my Church that  it cannot be taken from the Church”. &c. The Confrence therefore Resolve that the of this Church  at the time of receiving moneys or other properties for the use and benefit of this Church of any member of  the same shall give a receipt to the person at the time covenanting for himself and his heirs that such  moneys or properties shall be expended for the use and benefit of this church according to the cov enants and Laws of the same. And that whatever amount of such moneys or properties may be  in his possession should he be removed from his said office of Bishop by death or otherwise  shall be handed over to his successor— By unanimous vote the above resolution passed.——
Bro. brought forward certain letters written by bro.  one addressed to himself bearing date September 10th 1831. another addressed to bros  and . bearing date Portage Co. Ohio 14.th Nov. 1831. after a few remarks a motion was  carried to have the said letters read by the . After deliberate discussion it was Resolved that  Whare Wharas this Confrence has been made acquainted with certain difficulties existing between the  Bishop of this Church () and bro. and Wharas the said has prefered certain charges against the said Bishop () detrimental to his  character and standing as a Bishop in the church of Christ. Therefore we the Confrence having no legal right  to proceed to a trial of the same in the absence of one of the parties Recommend that the stationed  in this land converse with the said Bishop () on this subject and write the said  a friendly humiliating letter advising that this difficulty be settled and thereby the wound in the  Church be healed. By unanimous vote.—— General Confrence adjourned to tuesday the 3d. of 4 month  (April). 1832. Closed. singing. prayer by bro. . Clerk of Confrence.——
In consequence of the ill health and crowd of business our bro. was unable to at tend the General Confrence for which cause we thought proper to hold a special one to examine his  accounts of &c.— by his request.
Minuets of a Special Confrence held at the dwelling house of bro , Jan. 27. 1832. (evening) appointed moderator  and Clerk. Prayer by bro .—
Names of Elders presant.
Brother [br]ought forward the following  account of moneys received
Received of $1002.70
Received of agent of the churches  at the east and sundry other brethren on the way to this land. $169[2],00 $1692.00
Total amount received. $2694,70
Total amount paid out 2677.83
Sum remaining. 16.87
By unanimous vote the above account accepted
The following is the amount of disbursements
$________
Paid out for Goods for Gilbert & Whitney for Goods  and transportation to this place 827.94
Paid for transportation for families  and bagage &c from to this place 804.89
Other necessaries for the use and bene fit of the Church 1045.00
Total amount paid out 2677,83
After certain remarks from bro. relative to the in this place it was  Resolved that a letter be addressed by brs. and on the subject of the in this place to the Agent of the Desiples in the east () re questing a special confrence to act upon the contents of said letter— By unanimous vote.
Singing. prayer by bro. . Closed. Clerk of Confrence——
The following items in I insert to accompany the foregoing documents by request of the  . which I copy from his own hand.
“Although the has reported that there is  nearly twelve hundred acres of land purchased that you may know have a better understanding  we think propper to state that it is mostly woodland & not in a situation to be improved  this season even if it should be thought advisable to clear it faster Not than what is wanted for  timber. And further we would State that one piece of the land is not as yet paid for the which  when added to what has been now paid to the Elders who go east will reduce the amount of funds in  the s hands more than 200 dollars— We would further state that provisions are scarce nearly &  dear nearly double what they were one year ago.— We have not a large supply on hand prob able not more than enough for the brethren here.— The not getting opened as soon as we expect ed has injured us verry much in the purchase of provisions. According to instructions sent here it  was expected to be opened about the middle of Oct. & thinking that purchases might be made  with goods & the money saved in the Church we neglected to buy expecting would  certainly be here soon. From <the> funds in the s hands you will redily perceive that we  are not in a situation to buy much more land & procure a stock of provisions <& cows> for those who are  coming here this spring.—— [p. [2]]
General held in this land said establishment to be put in operation as soon as circumstances may permit. Carried by unanimous vote. Confrence adjourned until 3. oclock PM. Clerk of Confrence.——
Con. convened according to adjournment 3. oclock P.M. Quotation from the Law. “And it shall come to pass that the of my after that he has received the properties of my Church that it cannot be taken from the Church”. &c. The Confrence therefore Resolve that the of this Church at the time of receiving moneys or other properties for the use and benefit of this Church of any member of the same shall give a receipt to the person at the time covenanting for himself and his heirs that such moneys or properties shall be expended for the use and benefit of this church according to the covenants and Laws of the same. And that whatever amount of such moneys or properties may be in his possession should he be removed from his said office of Bishop by death or otherwise shall be handed over to his successor— By unanimous vote the above resolution passed.——
Bro. brought forward certain letters written by bro. one addressed to himself bearing date September 10th 1831. another addressed to bros and . bearing date Portage Co. Ohio 14.th Nov. 1831. after a few remarks a motion was carried to have the said letters read by the . After deliberate discussion it was Resolved that Wharas this Confrence has been made acquainted with certain difficulties existing between the Bishop of this Church () and bro. and Wharas the said has prefered certain charges against the said Bishop () detrimental to his character and standing as a Bishop in the church of Christ. Therefore we the Confrence having no legal right to proceed to a trial of the same in the absence of one of the parties Recommend that the stationed in this land converse with the said Bishop () on this subject and write the said a friendly humiliating letter advising that this difficulty be settled and thereby the wound in the Church be healed. By unanimous vote.—— General Confrence adjourned to tuesday the 3d. of 4 month (April). 1832. Closed. singing. prayer by bro. . Clerk of Confrence.——
In consequence of the ill health and crowd of business our bro. was unable to attend the General Confrence for which cause we thought proper to hold a special one to examine his accounts &c.— by his request.
Minuets of a Special Confrence held at the dwelling house of bro , Jan. 27. 1832. (evening) appointed moderator and Clerk. Prayer by bro .—
Names of Elders presant.
Brother brought forward the following account of moneys received
Received of $1002.70
Received of agent of the churches at the east and sundry other brethren on the way to this land. $1692,00 $1692.00
Total amount received. $2694,70
Total amount paid out 2677.83
Sum remaining. 16.87
By unanimous vote the above account accepted
The following is the amount of disbursements
$________
Paid out for Gilbert & Whitney for Goods and transportation to this place 827.94
Paid for transportation for families and bagage &c from to this place 804.89
Other necessaries for the use and benefit of the Church 1045.00
Total amount paid out 2677,83
After certain remarks from bro. relative to the in this place it was Resolved that a letter be addressed by brs. and on the subject of the in this place to the Agent of the Desiples in the east () requesting a special confrence to act upon the contents of said letter— By unanimous vote.
Singing. prayer by bro. . Closed. Clerk of Confrence——
The following items I insert to accompany the foregoing documents by request of the . which I copy from his own hand.
“Although the has reported that there is nearly twelve hundred acres of land purchased that you may have a better understanding we think propper to state that it is mostly woodland & not in a situation to be improved this season even if it should be thought advisable to clear it faster than what is wanted for timber. And further we would State that one piece of the land is not as yet paid for the which when added to what has been now paid to the Elders who go east will reduce the amount of funds in the s hands more than 200 dollars— We would further state that provisions are scarce & dear nearly double what they were one year ago.— We have not a large supply on hand probable not more than enough for the brethren here.— The not getting opened as soon as we expected has injured us verry much in the purchase of provisions. According to instructions sent here it was expected to be opened about the middle of Oct. & thinking that purchases might be made with goods & the money saved in the Church we neglected to buy expecting would certainly be here soon. From the funds in the s hands you will redily perceive that we are not in a situation to buy much more land & procure a stock of provisions & cows for those who are coming here this spring.—— [p. [2]]
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