Minutes, 25 April 1844

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Thursday April 25th. 1844 10 o clock A. M. Council met pursuant to adjournment president Joseph Smith in the chair.
After the roll was called the chairman introduced his beloved brother to the council as a Paul, or as one born out of due time.
E[lde]r suggested the propriety of having a Barnabas also and recommend who was immediately sent for.
The reading of the minutes was called for, whereupon the minutes were read and accepted. [p. [207]]
The chairman then introduced Er to the council, and called upon to state to those two brethren, the nature and object of the meeting, previous to which a short recess was given.
Er motioned that those members of the council who are connected with the play this evening be excuse from attended council this afternoon—which was granted.
then explained the nature of the council and briefly stated its importance, rules, regulations &c, and asked the brethren if they would assent to its regulations, on which they both cheerfully signified their assent.
On motion Er and [p. [208]] were then received for time and for all eternity, by the unanimous vote of the council, and took their seats in order.
Er offered a few remarks on a Bill reported before Congress respecting the , as stated in the Bellville Advocate.
said, Congress could not pass that Bill without bringing on war. He assigned several reasons why he believed so. He referred to the fact that Great Britain had already jurisdiction over from the fact that a negotiation took place on the subject at the treaty of Ghent, and another reason was, that great Britain has jurisdiction from <​is​> the [p. [209]] fact that she actually has possession and has established her armies and courts of Justice, in various parts of the Territory. He considered that the situation of the , in regard to the two countries viz. and was like an anecdote he would relate respecting two of his neighbors quarrelling about a sheep. They had each got their mark on it and was ready to fight, and ran to him to settle the dispute. When on examination he found the sheep belonged to neither of them, but that it was his own property.
On motion the council adjourned untill 2 o clock. [p. [210]]
 
2 o clock P.M. Council met pursuant to adjournment, president Joseph Smith in the chair.
The chairman said that several had asked permission of absence, since we adjourned. He related an anecdote of a person who is now in the who professes to be a prophet, who had prophecied concerning the and the setting up of the kingdom of Daniel. He said many of the Saints also new what the Lord had done pertaining to this kingdom. He suggested the propriety of passing some resolutions, saying that those of this council who could, should go forth immediately to electioneer &c. [p. [211]] we must suspend our meetings for the time being and keep silence on the subject, lest by our continual coming together we raise an excitement. We can call the council together again when necessary.
Let us have delegates in all the electoral districts and hold a national convention at Baltimore. He also suggested that the easiest and the best way to accomplish the object in view is to make an effort to secure the election at this contest.
Er said the remarks made by the chairman suited his mind exactly. He should use his utmost endeavors to do whatsoever was required of him and he believes [p. [212]] the work will be accomplished.
Er said the that since Conference the Twelve have been using their endeavors to send the Elders abroad, and give them the necessary instruction. He suggested the idea of the Elders being called together and receive instruction from this council relative to the object of the mission in contemplation.
President Joseph Smith said the best policy was, to send delegates through the States, and let every man assume an authoritative station as though he were somebody.
Er explained his views further in regard to calling the Elders together to give them instructions. [p. [213]] Er was in favor of the plan suggested by .
Er made some remarks concerning binding sundry documents in book form for the benifit of the Elders.
Er responded to the wise movement proposed by the chairman.
Er motioned that the Eastern Cities be advised to establish a weekly periodical in each, to advocate the claims of president Joseph Smith for the presidential chair under the title of Jeffersonian Democracy &c.
offered as amend [p. [214]]ment that instead of the “Eastern Cities” we say “every where in the ”.
Er wished to have the Cities of , &c named in the resolution.
was in favor of mentioning some of the Southern Cities &c.
The chairman suggested the propriety of saying all other principal Cities in the East, West, North and South and every other place practicable.
The other motions were withdrawn and the one offered by the chair was seconded and passed. [p. [215]]
The chairman then made some further remarks and advised that we let the constitution alone. He would tell us the whole matter about the constitution as follows—
Verily thus saith the Lord, yea are my constitution, and I am your God, and ye are my spokesmen. From henceforth do as I shall command you.
Saith the Lord.
motioned that the constitution be received and the vote was unanimous, whereupon the council adjourned “sine die” [p. [216]]