Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

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The motion was seconded by Counsellor Cleveland  and unanimously carried, on the amendment by  .
The then suggested that she would like an  argument with on the words Relief  and Benevolence.
Prest. J. Smith mov’d that the vote for  amendment, be rescinded, which was carried—
Motion for adjournment by  and objected by Prest. J. Smith.—
Prest. J. Smith— Benevolent is a popular  term— and the term Relief is not known among  popular Societies— Relief is more extended in its  signification than Benevolent and might extend to  the liberation of the culprit— and might be wrongly  construed by our enemies to say that the was  to relieve criminals from punishment &c. &c— to  relieve a murderer, which would not be a benevo lent act—
Prest. , said the popularity of  the word benevolent is one great objection— no person  can think of the word as associated with public Instit utions, without thinking of the Washingtonian  Benevolent Society which was one of the most corrupt  Institutions of the day— do not wish to have it  call’d after other Societies in the world—
Prest. J. Smith arose to state that he had no  objection to the word Relief— that on question they  ought to deliberate candidly and investigate all  subjects.
Counsellor Cleveland arose to remark concerning  the question before the house, that we should not regard [p. 11]
The motion was seconded by Counsellor Cleveland and unanimously carried, on the amendment by .
The then suggested that she would like an argument with on the words Relief and Benevolence.
Prest. J. Smith mov’d that the vote for amendment, be rescinded, which was carried—
Motion for adjournment by and objected by Prest. J. Smith.—
Prest. J. Smith— Benevolent is a popular term— and the term Relief is not known among popular Societies— Relief is more extended in its signification than Benevolent and might extend to the liberation of the culprit— and might be wrongly construed by our enemies to say that the was to relieve criminals from punishment &c. &c— to relieve a murderer, which would not be a benevolent act—
Prest. , said the popularity of the word benevolent is one great objection— no person can think of the word as associated with public Institutions, without thinking of the Washingtonian Benevolent Society which was one of the most corrupt Institutions of the day— do not wish to have it call’d after other Societies in the world—
Prest. J. Smith arose to state that he had no objection to the word Relief— that on question they ought to deliberate candidly and investigate all subjects.
Counsellor Cleveland arose to remark concerning the question before the house, that we should not regard [p. 11]
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