Appendix 7: Council of Fifty, Minutes, 19 January 1846

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

Document Transcript

Monday Jany 19th. 1846 Council met to receive reports from Captains of hundreds and fifties relative to the situation and preparation of the several companies. Sung “Come ye that love the Lord”. Prayer by . Sung “Come sound his praise abroad”.
Captain of 1st. 100. Pres. Co.) all ready to start tomorrow morning
(—) same as last week
(—) Do
W. Kay—) about 8 families ready
3rd 100—)
2nd Co— 89 Horses 51 Waggons 1 Buggy
3 — " (1— 50 57 — " 38 — " 5 — " 40 Yk Oxen 94 Cows
(2— — 34 — " 24 — " 4 — " 28 64
6 — " 3 — " 30 ready to go—
4 — " 1st. 100 — 42 — 24 — "
5 — " Same as before
6 — " 50 25 — — 3 —
7 — " — 60 — 34 — 6 —
8 — " — 81 — 37 — 50 go without families 1/2 provided for — —
9 — " —
—— 10. — "
11 — " 30 — 15 — 20 men
12 — 30 "
13 — same as before 28 men ready
14 —
15 — 30 15 Teams mostly horses
16 30 — 15 — 25 men
— Co— 17 20 to 25 men ready to leave families—
Coulson — " 18 ___________________________________
D. Evans — " 19 — 70 & 75 Teams 50 Horse teams
20 —
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21 —
22 —
23 — 22 Horses 12 Waggons—
24 — 78 — " 50 4 Buggies 5 mules
25 — 16 — " 14 —
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The said he should state a new idea in regard to getting a correct report— viz to appoint a committee to go to all the companies both in the and surrounding branches and ascertain the facts. We want to get all the horses— Waggons and money there is in the companies. and all grain necessary
Pioneer Co— 100 ready at a moments warning
An article was then read from Indiana Democrat and one from Organ—
moved that a blessing be voted on the latter & to go [o]ver the J. S. Holman & A[ndrew] H. Perkins & & & Regions—
The decided that the Captains of 100s & 50s. attend to preparing a report by visiting every family and ascertaining their precise situation in regard to horses, Wagons & means and also to say who shall go and who shall not go and report in the room below next sunday at 2 o clock P.M. [1/4 page blank] [p. [4]]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    TEXT: In the upper left corner of the first page of this document, inscribed in unidentified handwriting at an unknown time, are the following notations: “&a man Referred | $200.— ½ Russell’s”.  

  2. 2

    As with the previous two meetings of the Council of Fifty, this meeting was also attended by the company captains who did not belong to the council. (Council of Fifty, “Record,” 13 Jan. 1846; Council of Fifty, Minutes, 18 Jan. 1846.)  

  3. 3

    Hymn 16, Collection of Sacred Hymns [1841], 24–25.  

    A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Edited by Emma Smith. Nauvoo, IL: E. Robinson, 1841.

  4. 4

    Benson, a member of the Nauvoo high council, had recently returned from Boston, where he had been serving as the presiding elder. (“Special Conference,” Times and Seasons, 15 Apr. 1845, 6:870; “Notice to the Saints in Boston and Vicinity,” Prophet, 1 Feb. 1845, [2].)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

    The Prophet. New York City, NY. May 1844–Dec. 1845.

  5. 5

    Hymn 35, Collection of Sacred Hymns [1841], 44–45.  

    A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Edited by Emma Smith. Nauvoo, IL: E. Robinson, 1841.

  6. 6

    The first section of the chart indicates the organization of the first company: Parley P. Pratt was the captain of the first hundred; Amasa Lyman was the captain of the second hundred; Winslow Farr was the captain of the first fifty; Elias Smith was the captain of the second fifty; and William Kay was the captain of the fourth fifty. Willard Snow, unlisted on the chart, was the captain of the third fifty. Jedediah M. Grant, also unlisted on the chart, had been appointed to lead the third hundred. (Historian’s Office, General Church Minutes, 2 and 4 Nov. 1845; “Roll of Compy No 1,” [4], [5], [7], Camp of Israel Schedules and Reports, CHL; Bullock, Journal, 16 Nov. 1845.)  

    Historian’s Office. General Church Minutes, 1839–1877. CHL

    Camp of Israel. Schedules and Reports, 1845–1849. CHL. MS 14290.

    Journal, Aug. 1845–July 1846. Typescript. CHL. Original in private possession. Also available as Gregory R. Knight, “Journal of Thomas Bullock,” BYU Studies 31, no. 1 (Winter 1991): 15–76.

  7. 7

    TEXT: “30 ready to go” circled.  

  8. 8

    John D. Parker had been assigned to lead the tenth company. (“Captains of Companies,” Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [Nauvoo, IL: Oct. 1845], copy at CHL.)  

    Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Nauvoo, IL]: Oct. 1845. Copy at CHL.

  9. 9

    Jedediah M. Grant had been assigned to lead the fourteenth company, while Erastus Snow had been assigned to lead the fifteenth company. (“Captains of Companies,” Circular [Oct. 1845].)  

    Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Nauvoo, IL]: Oct. 1845. Copy at CHL.

  10. 10

    The Macedonia Company was to be led by Andrew H. Perkins. (“Captains of Companies,” Circular [Oct. 1845].)  

    Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Nauvoo, IL]: Oct. 1845. Copy at CHL.

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    George Coulson had been assigned to lead the eighteenth company. (“Captains of Companies,” Circular [Oct. 1845].)  

    Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Nauvoo, IL]: Oct. 1845. Copy at CHL.

  12. 12

    David Evans had been assigned to lead the nineteenth company. (“Captains of Companies,” Circular [Oct. 1845].)  

    Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Nauvoo, IL]: Oct. 1845. Copy at CHL.

  13. 13

    Possibly “78”.  

  14. 14

    Daniel C. Davis had been assigned to lead the twentieth company, while Jonathan H. Hale had been assigned to lead the twenty-first company. (“Captains of Companies,” Circular [Oct. 1845].)  

    Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Nauvoo, IL]: Oct. 1845. Copy at CHL.

  15. 15

    George P. Dykes had been assigned to lead the twenty-second company of Saints from Ottawa, Illinois. (“Captains of Companies,” Circular [Oct. 1845].)  

    Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Nauvoo, IL]: Oct. 1845. Copy at CHL.

  16. 16

    Mephibosheth Sirrine had been assigned to lead the company of Saints from Michigan. (“Captains of Companies,” Circular [Oct. 1845].)  

    Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Nauvoo, IL]: Oct. 1845. Copy at CHL.

  17. 17

    Hosea Stout had been assigned to lead the twenty-fourth company. (“Captains of Companies,” Circular [Oct. 1845].)  

    Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Nauvoo, IL]: Oct. 1845. Copy at CHL.

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    William Huntington had been assigned to lead the twenty-fifth company. (“Captains of Companies,” Circular [Oct. 1845].)  

    Circular, to the Whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Nauvoo, IL]: Oct. 1845. Copy at CHL.

  19. 19

    The Indiana Democrat had occasionally commented on the situation of the Latter-day Saints and their imminent removal west. In early January the newspaper reprinted a lengthy account of the indictment of several Latter-day Saints for counterfeiting but declared that “the tale is too strong for implicit belief. While some of the Mormons have doubtless committed criminal acts, and their brethren have protected and secreted them, they have also been persecuted with a malignity disgraceful to the age and to the people who participated in burning their houses and destroying their property.” (Editorial, Indiana Democrat [Indianapolis], 2 Jan. 1846, [3].)  

    Indiana Democrat. Indianapolis. 1845–1846.

  20. 20

    On 9 January 1846 the St. Louis People’s Organ published an article condemning the treatment of the Latter-day Saints, noting that “however bad the Mormons are, there has still been much exaggeration as to their misdeeds; and further, that their most violent opponents have ever been of a cast of character as questionable as any thing they would represent the Mormons to be. It is notorious that the great ‘Mormon Eaters’ of Upper Missouri, were the greatest scamps in the country, and we have very good reason to believe that the same remark would apply to the tribe who are now persecuting them in Illinois.” The paper condemned the murders of JS and Hyrum Smith as “an act of atrocity unparalleled in the history of the age” and thought that the anti-Mormons’ “prime object in driving them [the Saints] forth is the spoils they may leave behind.” The article argued that because “the Saints . . . are now willing to emigrate; then, in the name of Peace, let them go, and end this disgraceful turmoil and strife” and warned that “the time will come, when the fanaticism and immorality of the Mormons will be lost in the recollection of the great barbarism of their persecutors.” (“Mormon Affairs,” People’s Organ [St. Louis], 9 Jan. 1846, [2].)  

    People’s Organ. St. Louis. 1842–1846.

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    In September 1845 Markham, an officer in the Nauvoo Legion, directed a portion of the Mormon military response to the anti-Mormon forces. (See Hosea Stout, Reminiscences and Journal, 17 and 21 Sept. 1845.)  

    Stout, Hosea. Reminiscences and Journals, 1845–1869. Microfilm. CHL. Originals at Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City. Also available as On the Mormon Frontier: The Diary of Hosea Stout, 1844–1861, edited by Juanita Brooks, 2 vols. (1964. Reprint, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press; Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1982).

  22. 22

    Thomas Grover was a member of the Nauvoo high council. (Revelation, 19 Jan. 1841, in Doctrine and Covenants [103]:41, 1844 ed. [D&C 124:132].)  

  23. 23

    Foutz served as bishop of the Nauvoo Eighth Ward. (Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 20 Aug. 1842.)  

    Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 1839–1845. CHL. LR 3102 22.

  24. 24

    Probably either James S. Holman or Joshua S. Holman. (Kimball, Journal, 20 Dec. 1845 and 1 Jan. 1846.)  

    Kimball, Heber C. Journals, 1837–1848. Heber C. Kimball, Papers, 1837–1866. CHL.

  25. 25

    Perkins, a member of the Macedonia branch, served as a liaison between church leaders and members of the branch during the September outbreaks of violence and was appointed part of the committee to settle the affairs of church members in Macedonia at the October 1845 conference of the church. (Macedonia Branch, Record, 66; Clayton, Journal, 19 Sept. 1845; Historian’s Office, General Church Minutes, 8 Oct. 1845.)  

    Macedonia Branch, Record / “A Record of the Chur[c]h of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Macedonia (Also Called Ramus),” 1839–1850. CHL. LR 11808 21.

    Clayton, William. Journals, 1842–1845. CHL.

    Historian’s Office. General Church Minutes, 1839–1877. CHL

  26. 26

    At the October 1845 conference of the church, Farr was appointed part of the committee to settle the affairs of church members in Nauvoo. (Historian’s Office, General Church Minutes, 8 Oct. 1845.)  

    Historian’s Office. General Church Minutes, 1839–1877. CHL

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    William Clayton recorded in his journal that on the afternoon of Sunday, 25 January, he “met Captains of Companies in the Temple to receive their reports.” (Clayton, Journal, 25 Jan. 1846.)  

    Clayton, William. Journals, 1842–1845. CHL.