Mormon History, Nov 22, 1844, Friday

-- Nov 22, 1844, Friday
[William Clayton Writings] Friday 22nd. ... Evening brother Kimball sent for me to write two letters for him. We had considerable talk on the priesthood. Margaret dont seem happy which makes my head ache. (1)

-- 23rd [Nov 1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] Visited Brs Amasa Lyman & Bro H. C. Kimball- Attended at the High council-- (2)

-- Nov 23, 1844
William E Mclellin: Dropped from office by Hinkle 23 Nov. 1844 (3)

-- Nov 23d 1844
[High Council Minutes]

The High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints met in the Seventie's Hall pursuant to adjournment and adjourned to the dwelling house of President Brigham Young, and opened the Counsel for business by prayer from broth David Fulmer.

It was then moved by Counsellor Harris and seconded by brother Thomas Grover, that Ebenezer Robinson & Wife be cut off from the Church for apostacy and notice of the same to be given in the Times & Seasons. carried unanimously.

The Licence of A.B. Tomlinson was then presented by brother Aaron Johnson, when it was motioned by Councellor D. Fulmer & seconded by brother T. Grover that he (A.B. Tomlinson) be cut off from the church in consequence of apostacy, and notice to be given as above directed. Carried unanimously.

Voted that James Ivins, Wm Marks and wife; Dr Josiah Ells, Ephriam S. Green, and Wm Stanley; receive a written notice from the clerk of the Council to meet said Council in the Seventie's Hall on next Saturday at ten o'clock A.M.

Voted on motion that Councellor Ezra T. Benson received a letter of recommendation from the Council to the Eastern Churches; and carried unanimously.

Voted that Phineas Richards fill the place of Ezra T. Benson (as a councellor) during his absence. Also Voted that this Council adjourn un[t]il next Saturday at ten of the clock, A.M. to meet in the Seventie's Hall.

C.C. Pendleton Clk

Note A letter was also written to Bishop Joseph L. Heywood of Quincy; with instructions to Elder Truman Wait to return to Nauvoo and make satisfaction to the Church (if possible) in relation to reports in circulation respecting him; with a request of Brother Heywood to send such intelligence respecting the conduct of Elder Wait, as were in his power. (4)

-- 27 Nov* 1844
[Nauvoo Neighbor] - Story: "Literary" - The Preface to The Mormon Reader -- P.P. Pratt -- Publishes the preface to Pratt's book.

- Story: "Trades Meeting" - Description of the Meeting -- John Taylor -- Describes what happened in the latest trades meeting.

- Letter to the Editor: "The Nauvoo Legion and the Arsenal" -- Signed, "An ObserverÂ…" -- Suggests the creation of a Nauvoo Arsenal for the Nauvoo Legion.

- Letter to the Editor: "Caution" - Shady Land Dealings -- Orson Hyde -- Describes trickery amongst Ephraim S. Green and Horace Murgess against brothers Miner and Durfee.

- Announcement: Married -- Editorial -- Geo Moore married Mary E. Guinand, performed by Elder Orson Hyde.

- Announcement: Deaths -- W.D. Huntington -- Emma Hendrixson (4, Quinzy), William Warner (69, Diarrhea), Infant of Benjamin Hawkins, Richard Hull (18, Consumption and Canker), Sarah Leticia Farley (1, Whooping Cough). (5)

-- 27-Nov* 1844
[Nauvoo Neighbor] - Poetry: "To Elder W. Woodruff" -- The New York Prophet -- Reprinted poem from the New York Prophet.

- Poetry: "When Must I Look for Death" -- W.W. Phelps -- Reprinted poem from the Times and Seasons.

- Letter to the Editor: Letter Supporting the Twelve over Sidney Rigdon -- Signed, "Cincinnatus" -- Reprinted letter to the editor from The New York Prophet, describes the writer's reasoning for following the Twelve instead of Sidney Rigdon.

- Letter: Correspondence between Gov. Ford and the Mob - Threatening -- Geo T.M. Davis & Gov. Ford -- Davis implies that Gov. Ford will be prosecuted with the mob if he brings charges against them. Includes Gov. Ford's reply.

- Announcement: "Apology" - No Paper to Print Last Week -- Editorial -- States that, due to lack of paper supplies, last week's paper was not printed.

- Story: "The Election" - Presidential Results -- Editorial -- Provides the unofficial results of the Presidential Election. (5)

-- 28 [Nov 1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] -Visited Bro Daniel Spencer and in the evening went to see Bro Sloan (2)

-- 1844: 29 November
[Patriarchal Blessings] Lucy M. Smith. (Given by John Smith?)

"Sister Lucy, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, I lay my hands upon thy head to seal upon thee a blessing of a father because thy father is not present to bless, but if he acknowledges this it shall be the same as though he was present and sealed the blessing himself. Thou art a daughter of Abraham through the loins of Joseph, and a lawful heir to the priesthood which was sealed upon the head of Ephraim. Thou art also entitled to an inheritance among the saints in the house of Joseph, and share in all the blessings which the Lord has in store for those who are faithful to Christ Jesus thou shalt have a companion who shall be able to exalt thee to inherit thrones and dominions in the house of Israel. A numerous posterity, also which shall be equal to David and Solomon for might wisdom and skill.

Thou shalt accomplish every purpose of thine heart, be satisfied with the riches of the earth, and the riches of eternity shall not be withheld. The number of thy years shall be according to thy faith, even to behold all the glory and beauty of Zion, see the coming of the Saviour, the gathering of Israel, and if you desire it with your whole heart, shall not taste of death, but shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye and caught up to meet the Lord. Now dear sister be comforted, endure in faith to the end, and not one word which has been spoken shall fail. This is thy blessing sealed by the authority of the priesthood in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." (From typescript, private collection.) [Age, 27; Scribe, ?] (6)

1 - 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.
2 - 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'
3 - 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,
4 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois,
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6 - Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009,

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