Minute Book 1

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the girl told her that she was sorry that sister Osgood  was going to leave her father, for said she I know  how I shall fare when you leave I shall run  away or destroy myself and went down into the well  for the purpose of drowning herself but was prevented  by sister Osgood.
Testimony of was that the people of   where the circumstances took place, were  much excited about the affair, and that it was a  topic of public conversation.
The testimony of President Smith was that he was at  their house in and talked with the girl, and  with her parents, and that he was satisfied that the  girl was in the fault, and that the neighbors were  trying to create a difficulty.
Testimony of ’s father was that the  girl was refractory and stubborn, and would some times vary from the truth and had never seen   or Sister Elliot abuse her. After the Counsellors  had made their observations, the and the   were heard. The Presidents then proceeded to  give the following decision. That the complaint  was not without foundation, Yet the charge had not  been fully sustained, but he has acted injudiciously  and brought a disgrace upon himself, upon his  daughter & upon this Church, because he ought to  have trained his child in a way, that she should  not have required the rod at the age of 15 years.
Council adjourned till candle light.
Council again convened and Hezekiah Fisk was  appointed in the room of , who was  absent and in the place of .  After the Council was organized, a charge was [p. 128]
the girl told her that she was sorry that sister Osgood was going to leave her father, for said she I know how I shall fare when you leave I shall run away or destroy myself and went down into the well for the purpose of drowning herself but was prevented by sister Osgood.
Testimony of was that the people of where the circumstances took place, were much excited about the affair, and that it was a topic of public conversation.
The testimony of President Smith was that he was at their house in and talked with the girl, and with her parents, and that he was satisfied that the girl was in the fault, and that the neighbors were trying to create a difficulty.
Testimony of ’s father was that the girl was refractory and stubborn, and would sometimes vary from the truth and had never seen or Sister Elliot abuse her. After the Counsellors had made their observations, the and the were heard. The Presidents then proceeded to give the following decision. That the complaint was not without foundation, Yet the charge had not been fully sustained, but he has acted injudiciously and brought a disgrace upon himself, upon his daughter & upon this Church, because he ought to have trained his child in a way, that she should not have required the rod at the age of 15 years.
Council adjourned till candle light.
Council again convened and Hezekiah Fisk was appointed in the room of , who was absent and in the place of . After the Council was organized, a charge was [p. 128]
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