Mormon History, Wednesday, January 15th, 1845

-- Wednesday, January 15th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] In the forenoon transacted business with the collector of taxes. In the evening attended a meeting of the quorum of High Priests, when a number of persons were selected to go forth in the United States to act as agents to collect funds for the Temple. [p. 38] (1)

-- Thursday, January 16th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] In the forenoon at home. At Brother Major's in afternoon. In evening at Brother A. C. Brewer's. (1)

-- Friday, January 17th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] In forenoon in company of Bro. B. Young at Dr. Richard's House. In afternoon at the Temple. In evening, at Bro.

B. Young's company with Bros. H. C. Kimball, and Geo. A. Smith. On Church business all day. (1)

-- Saturday, January 18th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] I went to preach a funeral sermon at Squire Wells', on a young man of the name of Duzett. In the afternoon at Bro. Major's having my likeness taken. In the evening went to the Coach and Carriage making association to hear the constitution and bye laws read. (1)

-- Sunday, January 19th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] In forenoon preached at Bro. Gully's Store. In the evening preached at Bro. Joseph's store. (1)

-- Monday, January 20th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] On Printing Office business. (1)

-- Tuesday, January 21st, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] In the forenoon at the office. In the evening at supper at Bro. G. A. Smith's. (1)

-- Wednesday, January 22nd, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] In council with the Twelve at Bro.

Richards'. In evening at supper at Bro. Woodward's. (1)

-- Thursday, January 23rd, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] In company with Bros. Smith, Hyde, and Major, at the engravers and helped Bro. Major to draw a design for a seal for the Twelve, designed by Bro. Young and myself. Friday, January 24, 1845. Attending to getting seal engraven. (1)

-- Saturday, January 25th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] do. do. do. [ditto.] In evening at a party at Bro. Rowley's. (1)

-- Sunday, January 26th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] In forenoon preparing documents for the elders to take along with them. In the evening met with the Twelve in the High Quorum. (1)

-- Monday, January 27th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] At home. [p. 39] (1)

-- Tuesday, January 28th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] On Printing Office business. In evening at a meeting of the Mechanic's Association. I was appointed Chairman and made some remarks in relation to the best manner of proceeding in building the dam, and particularly instead upon having every [donation?] that might be put into the company fund for that purpose, reduced to its Cash value.

There was a plan exhibited of the dam, which would consist of fifty three piers, each forty feet long, ten feet wide, and fifteen feet apart, and averaging twelve feet in depth, planks to be put down between the priers, and the spaces covered with plank also, the whole forming a permanent dam, and a bridge forty feet wide and eighty rods long.

Mr. Turley, of the Agricultural and Manufacturing Association made some remarks, respecting the union of the two Societies, but said he had no plan to propose.

I said I had formed no particular plan, suggested the propriety of having a meeting appointed to discuss the best plan of union. I made some general remarks respecting the nature of the Association of which I had in the commencement of the meetings been chosen chairman, said no constitution had as yet been prepared'1/2--felt averse to any thing of the kind'-- there might be an organization, something like the priesthood, &c.

I spoke on the impropriety of the Coach and Carriage Maker's Association being connected with the charter of the Nauvoo Agricultural and Manufacturing Association; and I had as little confidence as any one in the stability of the charter, not that they can take it away legally, this they cannot do; no dependance can be placed on the actions of the legislature of Illinois in granting charters, for they will grant them, and then cry for them again as little boys do marbles, when they have given them away. There is not so much confidence to be placed in them as in a common man.

They granted us a city charter with perpetual succession, and took it away again in about four years. They have violated their word and the faith of the State, and have shouldered the murder of the prophets at Carthage jail by receiving into their midst and screening from public justice by the exercise of the legislative prerogative one of the men indicted for murder '1/2-- upon the old supposition that the king can do no wrong, therefore I thought we had better have nothing to do with it, for it would be a curse rather than a blessing to us, and if I had my way, I would go in for repealing it, for this we could do legally and the legislature could not.

It was moved that the charter of the Nauvoo Agricultural and Manufacturing Association be repealed.'1/2--Carried unanimously. I presented a plan of organization for the Trade Union, as follows.'1/2-- First, twelve men to be appointed, forming a living constitution, with President, Secretary, & to take the lead in the concern.

2nd.'1/2--Separate Trustees to organize themselves, and have their own laws, and be subject to the others, which was appointed unanimously.

Elder Lyman and myself were appointed a committee to select the names of twelve man and present them to the next meeting for adoption or rejection.

Wednesday, January 29, 1845. On business concerning office. (1)

1 - 'The John Taylor Nauvoo journal, January 1845-September 1845,' BYU Studies 23:3 (1983) edited by Dean C. Jessee

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