The then stated that he had called in brother to sit in the place of his brother who is absent on business for the church, he wanted to know if the council had any objections. The council signified that they had no objections. Whereupon
The called upon to state to the nature of this organization and the object of the council.
stated in few words the object and design of the council, and with hands uplifted said he was willing to abide by all the laws of the council. The title of the council was then given by the , to which he signified his entire approbation and assent. [p. ]
George Grant was listed as meeting with the council in Clayton’s minutes for 10 May 1845, though it is possible the inclusion of his name there was erroneous. In any event, his status with the council was formalized at this 9 September meeting. Jedediah Grant left Nauvoo for Philadelphia shortly after JS’s murder in June 1844 and was subsequently engaged in regulating the various branches of the church in the East. By January 1845 Young and other members of the Quorum of the Twelve wrote Grant to instruct him to “gather up men and means to send to Nauvoo early in the Spring.” While Grant was to send as many young men to labor as he could find, Young instructed him to “tarry in that place thro’ the Summer or until you hear from us again, to manage the affairs of the Church.” (Jedediah M. Grant, Philadelphia, PA, to Newel K. Whitney, Nauvoo, IL, 11 Oct. 1844, Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU; Grant, Collection of Facts, relative to the Course Taken by Elder Sidney Rigdon, 16–17; Brigham Young et al., Nauvoo, IL, to Jedediah M. Grant, 21 Jan. 1845, draft, Brigham Young Office Files, CHL.)
Grant, Jedediah M. A Collection of Facts, Relative to the Course Taken by Elder Sidney Rigdon, in the States of Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Brown, Bicking and Guilbert, 1844.
Brigham Young Office Files, 1832–1878. CHL. CR 1234 1.