<4> Friday. 4 there was a conference in , Elder presiding. The Revelations of Elder were objected to <20> Friday which were that a certain brother must give him a suit of clothes, and a gold watch, the best that could be had; also his soliciting the sisters with what he calls a holy kiss, &c &c.— justified himself, concerning these things. Much good council was given him, but he said he knew the revelation, he had received were from God, & would make no confession. Consequently the conference cut him off, demanded his license which he refused to give up.
< has <been> preaching and baptizing on the Isle of Man & the work is now <progressing.>>
<5. A great part of the city of Messina, <Sicily>, was this day destroyed by an Earthquake, such was the force of the first shock that the inhabitants of the town were buried in an instant beneath the ruins of their houses.>
<13> Sunday I attended the High council at my office. was on trial for lying, Slandering the authorities of the church, profane swearing &c.— Witnesses were examined, in part & trial adjourned to the 20[th].
<16.> Wednesday. 16. This day the charters of the “City of ,” the “Nauvoo Legion” and the “University of the City of , were signed by the , having previously passed the House & Senate, as follows “An Act to Incorporate the city of ” Sec 1. X (T. & S. 281. 2. 3. 4. 5 286) proof”
who had been delegated to to carry our petition for a City Charter, announced the passage of the bill as follows, “City of X (T & S. 266. 7) apportion.” <honor>.” The City Charter of is of my own plan, & device. I concocted it for the salvation of the church, and on principles so broad that every honest man might dwell secure under its protective influence, without distinction of sect or party.
<20> Sunday. I was called upon by the High council to decide the adjourned case of . Having heard the witnesses, I decided that he be acquitted of the charges against him,— which decision the council approved by vote. [p. 18]