Mormon History, Aug 27, 1845. Wednesday.

[William Clayton Journal] A.M. at the office recording. P.M. in council...On Sunday last the Council decided to let Wm. Smith go East by the authority of the church, to give Patriarchal blessings, but on the representation of Brother Parley [Pratt] today of Wms course and feelings of the people in the East towards him it was decided that he had better not go and Elder Richards wrote him a letter to that effect. A notice had been written me to publish in the next "Times & Seasons" informing the saints that Wm. would go East &c. but Brother Taylor was ordered not to insert the notice. It was also decided to pave the Temple floor with pressed brick instead of either stone or tile, to save expense and because they think it will be as good with brick. This morning Brother Parley came into the office to say that his women folks wanted the rooms over the store. This would deprive us of all but the one room for office, store and council room. I suggested to the Bishops to move to the
New York store, inasmuch as that property belongs to the church and is much larger and we are paying $200. a year rent for this. The Trustees immediately went over and examined the premises and decided to enlarge the cellar and make the "New York Store" our office. They mentioned the place to President Young and he agreed to it at once. In council the matter was brought up and Brother Parley proposed to sell his whole establishment. They offered to give him 3 Lots and houses for it, viz. the one where Joseph Young lives, Mitchels house and Brother Lees. He wants $3000 but seems disposed to take the offer if the houses suit. After council I was at the office.

[source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995,]

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