Appendix 2: Council of Fifty, Minutes, 27 February 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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no man was ever spoken to plainer than was— I advised a man to fetch his wife & property— Suffycools wife was decoyed away & went part of the way, but came back, if there are men who want to abide by council, I say save them— If a man wont abide council here, he wont abide a 1000 miles if any man wont support our — I wont help that man any how— my Spirit is aroused when I see men decoying others away— recollect s pledge— he has broke it— he has decoyed man— when the proper time comes, let such men go as are councilled to go— at a time when we needed all the help we could get— he went away— & “unless that man comes back & humbles himself we will not fellowship them” if you have done wrong, you can but be right & be saved & your posterity & if you dont do it you will all be d—d together— if he has a mind to be d—d he can— it makes no difference to us— we will make our calling & our election sure— we will set men at it, in whom we can confide, let me have men who have faith & humility— & I will risk all—
I wod. rather see Br Smith with us than away from us— I am not suspicious of my Brethren— I look with suspicion upon strangers— the course has taken has been in direct violation of the Council of Pres. [Joseph] Smith— he was “not to take a man from this ”, after all, it came to our ears that he had got about 50 men— we went in pursuit— was called to acc[oun]t. & was rebuked by Pres. Smith— he sd. dont take the Indians from Augusta— he had no authority to even take his family— in violation to every covenant made to the Prophet, & that was the reason why he was dropt [p. 2]
no man was ever spoken to plainer than was— I advised a man to fetch his wife & property— Suffycools wife was decoyed away & went part of the way, but came back, if there are men who want to abide by council, I say save them— If a man wont abide council here, he wont abide a 1000 miles if any man wont support our — I wont help that man any how— my Spirit is aroused when I see men decoying others away— recollect s pledge— he has broke it— he has decoyed man— when the proper time comes, let such men go as are councilled to go— at a time when we needed all the help we could get— he went away— & “unless that man comes back & humbles himself we will not fellowship them” if you have done wrong, you can but be right & be saved & your posterity & if you dont do it you will all be d—d together— if he has a mind to be d—d he can— it makes no difference to us— we will make our calling & our election sure— we will set men at it, in whom we can confide, let me have men who have faith & humility— & I will risk all—
I wod. rather see Br Smith with us than away from us— I am not suspicious of my Brethren— I look with suspicion upon strangers— the course has taken has been in direct violation of the Council of Pres. [Joseph] Smith— he was “not to take a man from this ”, after all, it came to our ears that he had got about 50 men— we went in pursuit— was called to account. & was rebuked by Pres. Smith— he sd. dont take the Indians from Augusta— he had no authority to even take his family— in violation to every covenant made to the Prophet, & that was the reason why he was dropt [p. 2]
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