Minutes, 13 April 1838

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I prefer the following charges before your Honorable body against .
Charge First, For not observing the , for unchristian-like conduct in neglecting to attend to meetings, in uniting with, and possessing the same spirit with the Dissenters, in writing letters to the Dissenters in unfavorable to the cause and to Br Joseph Smith jr.
2nd 3nd For neglecting <​the​> his duties of his calling.
4th, For seperating himself from the cause and the Church while he has a name among us.
5 For signing himself of the in an insulting letter to the .
.”
After which a letter was read from in words as follows:
Mo April 13th 1838.
Sir I received a line from you bearing date the 9th inst, requesting me as a to appear before the High Council and answer to five several charges on this day at 12 o’clock.
You sir with a majority of this Church have decided that certain Councils were legal by which it is said I have been deprived of my office as one of the Presidents of this Church I have thought and still think they were not agreeable to the revelations of God, which I believe and by my now attending this Council, and a[n]swering to charges as a High Priest, should be acknowledgeing the correctness and legality of those former assumed Councils, which I shall not do.
Believing as I verily do, that you and the leaders of the Councils have a determination to persue your unlawful course at all hazards, and bring others to your standard in violating of the revelations, to spare you any further trouble I hereby withdraw from your fellowship and communion— choosing to seek a place among the meek and humble, where the revelations of Heaven will be observed and the [p. 132]
I prefer the following charges before your Honorable body against .
Charge First, For not observing the , for unchristian-like conduct in neglecting to attend to meetings, in uniting with, and possessing the same spirit with the Dissenters, in writing letters to the Dissenters in unfavorable to the cause and to Br Joseph Smith jr.
3nd For neglecting the duties of his calling.
4th, For seperating himself from the cause and the Church while he has a name among us.
5 For signing himself of the in an insulting letter to the .
.”
After which a letter was read from in words as follows:
Mo April 13th 1838.
Sir I received a line from you bearing date the 9th inst, requesting me as a to appear before the High Council and answer to five several charges on this day at 12 o’clock.
You sir with a majority of this Church have decided that certain Councils were legal by which it is said I have been deprived of my office as one of the Presidents of this Church I have thought and still think they were not agreeable to the revelations of God, which I believe and by my now attending this Council, and answering to charges as a High Priest, should be acknowledgeing the correctness and legality of those former assumed Councils, which I shall not do.
Believing as I verily do, that you and the leaders of the Councils have a determination to persue your unlawful course at all hazards, and bring others to your standard in violating of the revelations, to spare you any further trouble I hereby withdraw from your fellowship and communion— choosing to seek a place among the meek and humble, where the revelations of Heaven will be observed and the [p. 132]
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