History draft; handwriting of Jonathan Grimshaw, , , James Ure, and Robert L. Campbell; 76 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 January 1844 to 21 June 1844.
Tuesday 9 April At 8 a m the assembled at the , and were addressed by Elder after which said (see [Jonathan] Grimshaws Mss page 7-8-9-10.
requested all who were in favor of electing bro Joseph Smith to the Presidency of the <to> signify it by raising your right hands when at least 1500 Elders raised them & commenced clapping their hands and gave many loud cheers the opposite vote was then called for when one hand was raised.
20 mins to 11 a call was made for the volunteers to go a preaching to pass out to the green, a great Company moved out and returned to the right of the , & were numbered. 244.
20 mins to 1 adjourned for one hour
P M Met according to adjournment the names of the Volunteers were called, & places assigned to each
said (see Grimshaw Mss (pa. 11. Ms)
<The weather has been beautiful for the , & <they have been> the greatest, best, & most glorious five consecutive days <ever enjoyed by this generation> & much good <was> done; Many Spectators were present from , , , & other Towns. When we consider the immense number present, the good order that was preserved, it speaks much in favor of the morality of the .>
In the afternoon I rode out with < & others> to the Mound <the> Peach trees look beautiful.
I copy from the Millenial Star, the Minutes of the Conference for the past 4 days, held in the Music Hall England “According to (see <Star> pages 194 to 200) four o clock p m
The Mayor & received a notification to produce Docket & other papers in case of , before the Circuit Court at : also a similar notification to produce papers in case of <appealed> before Circuit Court
10 The were in Council arranging for <a plan of appointing>
Extract of a letter from “the Marquis of Downshire (copy) for them”
I here insert a letter written by Dr <an eminent physician of Belleville, St. Clair Co. Ill: and political writer & a very influential Mason> to the Times & Seasons (copy) <see Mss> erudition. I will leave the subject for the present and prepare for my departure home. I am satisfied that is a place of knowledge and that wisdom will be justified of her children”
11 In <General> — in the , morning & afternoon— had a very interesting time. the Spirit of the Lord “Prest. J. was voted our P. P. & K. [Prophet, Priest, and King] with loud Hosannas” was with us & we closed the Council with loud shouts of Hosanna. -[leave 4 lines.]- [p. 31]