2 ½ P.M. Council met pursuant to adjournment. Present same as this morning.
The stated to the council that had rented the “” and that he had to raise $150 to day to close the contract. He wanted to know how many of this council would assist to raise the money, also if the direct council would direct the Trustees in Trust to lend the amount for a few days untill he could raise it. A vote was taken on the Trustees loaning the money, which resulted unanimously in favor of the loan.
The had received $181.30 of brother S. Stoddard this morning which the Trustees had agreed to borrow for a short season, he took the money out of his pocket and laid it down at the Bishops feet & $150. was counted out to who immediately went out to secure the contract. [p. ]
Though he continued to maintain rooms for himself and his family, in January 1844 JS began to lease out the Nauvoo Mansion. Following this pattern, Emma Smith leased the mansion to William Marks in August 1844. Oliver B. Huntington recorded that Marks “kept a kind of gang” of his supporters living in the house. Given Marks’s opposition to the leadership of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Brigham Young likely hoped to transfer control of the building from a rival faction to a trusted ally. Indeed, following a 28 March party at the Nauvoo Mansion, the Nauvoo Neighbor reported that “Nauvoo and the public can patronize that house, knowing they do so to a friend and good man.” (JS, Journal, 22 Jan. 1844; Newell and Avery, Mormon Enigma, 210; Huntington, History, 96, underlining in original; “Life and Music,” Nauvoo Neighbor, 2 Apr. 1845, –, italics in original.)
Newell, Linda King and Valeen Tippetts Avery. Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith, Prophet’s Wife, “Elect Lady,” Polygamy’s Foe, 1804–1879. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984.
Huntington, Oliver B. History, 1845–1846. Oliver Boardman Huntington, Papers, 1843– 1932. BYU.
A reference to Newel K. Whitney, George Miller, or both; Whitney and Miller both served as trustees of the church and as the presiding bishops. (“Special Conference,” Times and Seasons, 15 Apr. 1845, 6:870.)
Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.