Minute Book 1

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The following complaint was presented by J. Smith Junr.
To the Presidents of the High Council,
Brethren, has been misrepresenting  me to certain of the brethren. I therefore prefer a  complaint to the council that the subject may be  investigated, that my character and influence may  be preserved as far as it can in righteousness.
Yours in the bonds of the New & everlasting  covenant— Joseph Smith Junr.
It was decided that three should speak on each side.  Elder was called and stated what led to the affair  was a difference in opinion respecting keeping their  meeting. said J. Smith Junr. got mad  because he got overpowered in argumint as  had remarked before , said men would get over  the mark, in advocating error. said a man must  be a very weak man if he could not argue aginst the  truth without being swerved said he (Smith) got  mad because he was overpowered in argument.  There would have been no disturbance if he had  not got mad. agreed with what  had stated. Dont know whether the conversation was  heard by any one else. said he could read  Tho. Paine or any other work without being swerved.   Said this by the door of the House, and appeared dis satisfied with J. Smith’s bad spirit. Elder thought   showed a bad spirit against J. Smith.
Elder called. Has not heard say  anything against J. Smith Junr Council asked  if he had seen exhibit a restless or a dissatisfied spirit  Says, that on one or two days after the trans action at the debate, said of his party. If  it was not able one way, it was another, by knocking  down. understood, that if they could not [p. 132]
The following complaint was presented by J. Smith Junr.
To the Presidents of the High Council,
Brethren, has been misrepresenting me to certain of the brethren. I therefore prefer a complaint to the council that the subject may be investigated, that my character and influence may be preserved as far as it can in righteousness.
Yours in the bonds of the New & everlasting covenant— Joseph Smith Junr.
It was decided that three should speak on each side. Elder was called and stated what led to the affair was a difference in opinion respecting keeping their meeting. said J. Smith Junr. got mad because he got overpowered in argumint as had remarked before , said men would get over the mark, in advocating error. said a man must be a very weak man if he could not argue aginst the truth without being swerved said he (Smith) got mad because he was overpowered in argument. There would have been no disturbance if he had not got mad. agreed with what had stated. Dont know whether the conversation was heard by any one else. said he could read Tho. Paine or any other work without being swerved. Said this by the door of the House, and appeared dissatisfied with J. Smith’s bad spirit. Elder thought showed a bad spirit against J. Smith.
Elder called. Has not heard say anything against J. Smith Junr Council asked if he had seen exhibit a restless or a dissatisfied spirit Says, that on one or two days after the transaction at the debate, said of his party. If it was not able one way, it was another, by knocking down. understood, that if they could not [p. 132]
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