Minute Book 1

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11 August 1834 • Monday

August 11th 1834
This day a number of high priests and elders of the church  of the Latter-Day Saints assembled in the new school-house  in this place, for the purpose of investigating a matter  of difficulty growing out of certain reports or statements  made by brother , one of High coun sellors of this Church, accusing brother Joseph Smith Junr.  with criminal conduct during his journey to and from   this Spring & Summer. After coming to order,  brother Joseph commenced and spake to a considerable  length upon the circumstances of their journey to and  from , and very minutely laid open the causes  out of which those jealousies of ’s and  others had grown. He made a satisfactory statement  concerning his rebukes and chastisements upon   & others, and also concerning the distribution  of monies and other properties, calling on brethren  present who accompanied him to attest to the same.  All of which, was satisfactory to the brethren present as  appeared by their own remarks afterward. After  brother Joseph had closed his lengthy remarks, brother   made some observations relative to the  subject of their difficulties and begun to make a  partial confession for his previous conduct, ask ing forgiveness for accusing brother Joseph publicly  on the Saturday previous, of prophsying lies in the name  of the Lord, and for abusing (as he had said) his (’s)  character, before the brethern while journeying to  the West. Brother made some  remarks by way of reproff upon the conduct of  , , and others, followed by  , after which by motion of brother  the assembly arranged itself into a council. brother   presiding, and proceeded to discuss how this [p. 52]

11 August 1834 • Monday

August 11th 1834
This day a number of high priests and elders of the church of the Latter-Day Saints assembled in the new school-house in this place, for the purpose of investigating a matter of difficulty growing out of certain reports or statements made by brother , one of High counsellors of this Church, accusing brother Joseph Smith Junr. with criminal conduct during his journey to and from this Spring & Summer. After coming to order, brother Joseph commenced and spake to a considerable length upon the circumstances of their journey to and from , and very minutely laid open the causes out of which those jealousies of ’s and others had grown. He made a satisfactory statement concerning his rebukes and chastisements upon & others, and also concerning the distribution of monies and other properties, calling on brethren present who accompanied him to attest to the same. All of which, was satisfactory to the brethren present as appeared by their own remarks afterward. After brother Joseph had closed his lengthy remarks, brother made some observations relative to the subject of their difficulties and begun to make a partial confession for his previous conduct, asking forgiveness for accusing brother Joseph publicly on the Saturday previous, of prophsying lies in the name of the Lord, and for abusing (as he had said) his (’s) character, before the brethern while journeying to the West. Brother made some remarks by way of reproff upon the conduct of , , and others, followed by , after which by motion of brother the assembly arranged itself into a council. brother presiding, and proceeded to discuss how this [p. 52]
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