[High Council Minutes]
The High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints met in Council in the Seventie's Hall at the hour appointed and opened by prayer from councellor Newell [K]Night.
Samuel Bent [illegible] Allred
Lewis D. Wilson [illegible] Buzzard in place of
David Fulmer Alpheus Cutler
Thomas Grover George W. Harris
Newel Knight Aaron Johnson
Pheneas Richards, for E. T. Benson William Huntington
H. G. Sherwood
Presidents Orson Hyde, and Chas C. Rich, [illegible] with President S. Bent, in presiding over the Council.
The case before the council, was an appeal from the branch of the church in Nashville I.T. of Wm R. Orton vs. Samuel P. Hoyt. Charge prefered, was, unchristian like conduct in refusing to pay a just demand. Voted that two on a side shall speak upon the [illegible] (viz.) Lewis D. Wilson & David Fulmer, Councellors for Plaintiff
Geo. W. Harris & P.H. Bluzzard, Councellor for Defendant.
The Charge was not sustained on the grounds that Elder Hoyt had not been fully empowered to settle demands against the estate of one Mr Wright deceased, said demand being against that estate, some portion of which was loged in the hands of Brother Hoyt.
Moved by Prest O. Hyde, seconded by Brother T. Grover and carried by a unanimous vote, that Brother S.P. Hoyt, shall loan $11.25 cents to Brother Wm R. Orton without interest, untill he shall receive legal authority to settle demands against said Estate.
Prest O. Hyde asked Elder Hoyt, if he would covenant to the Council, to pay the demand of brother Orton's (it being [illegible].25) to him (Orton) as soon as empowered so to do? to which he recently covenanted.
Voted unanimously, that Elder Saml P. Hoyt be restored to the fellowship of the church, also Voted to adjourn to the dwelling house of H. G. Sherwood, to meet on Saturday next at [illegible] o'clock P.M.
C.C. Pendleton Clerk. (1)
-- Dec 22, 1844
Sunday prayer circle meeting; first ordinance meeting of Anointed Quorum ("the first quorum") under the Twelve's leadership. Ruth Moon (Clayton), Sarah M. Bates (Pratt, Bennett, Pratt), and Mary A. Frost (Stearns Pratt) were voted in as members of the quorum but not actually endowed. Mary L. Tanner (Lyman) received her anointing and endowment . (2)
[Joseph Smith] Young reconvenes the Quorum of the Anointed which begins initiating new members into the endowment ceremony. (3)
-- Dec 22, 1844, Sunday
[William Clayton Writings] Met with the brethren of the first quorum to pray & counsel. My wife and O. Pratts wife, P.P. Pratts wife and A. Lymans wife was voted in we have to use the greatest care and caution & dare not let it be known that we meet (4)
[William Clayton Writings] Tuesday 24th. ... Evening I went to converse with brother Farr concerning D. He and sister Farr feels well towards me and are quite willing to give me what I ask. He wishes to converse with brother Kimball and D. before he decides. Thus has my prayer been answered to the full, and my heart is full of joy and gratitude to God for his mercies to me and my house. If my heart was as pure as I desire it should be, no sin nor evil would ever be found there but I am subject to vanity (4)
-- 23 [Dec 1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] Went to Bro C. H. Nell's (5)
-- Dec 23, 1844
William E Mclellin: Wrote letter 23 Dec. 1844 urging William Law 's other followers to unite with Sidney Rigdon 's Church of Jesus Christ (6)
-- 24 [Dec 1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] Went to Bro J. H. Hale (5)
-- Dec 24, 1844. Tuesday.
[William Clayton Journal] ...Evening I went to converse with Brother [Winslow] Farr concerning D[iantha]. He and Sister Farr feels well towards me and are quite willing to give me what I ask. He wishes to converse with Brother Kimball and D[iantha] before he decides. Thus has my prayer been answered to the full, and my heart is full of joy and gratitude to God for his mercies to me and my house. If my heart was as pure as I desire it should be, no sin nor evil would ever be found there but I am subject to vanity. (7)
1 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45, http://amzn.to/origins-power
3 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power
4 - Fillerup, Robert C., compiler; William Clayton Nauvoo Diaries and Personal Writings, A chronological compilation of the personal writings of William Clayton while he was a resident of Nauvoo, Illinois. http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/clayton-diaries
5 - Brigham Young Journal # 4 in the handwriting of: William Clayton, Evan Greene, John D. Lee, Willard Richards. First person account kept by others. 'Lieut. Genl Brigham Young's Journal 1844'
6 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power
7 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://amzn.to/william-clayton
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