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    [Mormons]. [Record of a Meeting in Preparation to Relocate to the Great Basin]. [Pottawattamie County, Iowa]: "Sunday morning April 7, 1850." Manuscript minutes in an unknown hand. Four folio pages on one large folio folding leaf. Each page approximately 12.5 x 8 inches; 317 x 200 mm. Unfolded, approximately 12.5 x 16 inches; 317 x 400 mm. On white ruled paper. Three horizontal creases, one vertical crease (in the center of the folded sheet). Some edgewear and minor chipping at edges, some minor soiling, smudging of ink. Still, near fine.

    More Information: A fascinating look at the functioning of the early Mormon Church as members meet at a staging area in preparation to head west to the Great Basin. The minutes begin with naming the Mormon officials present (President Orson Hyde, L. Clapp, S. M. Blair, J, C. Wright, Isaac Allred [?], and Elisha Everet). Before the conference, a brief service was held, and the choir sang from "186 page." To begin, President Hyde addressed the conference with "a short and enlivening speech upon the restoration of the gospel to Earth, carefully investigating the visitations of Angels of the Lord & the mysterious manifestations of evil to the nations of the earth..." Then President Hyde began the business: he introduced a motion for Brigham Young to continue in his office, as well as his counsellors H. G. Kimbel and Willard Richards to continue in their offices. All were approved. Then President Hyde and the other officers present were voted to continue to serve in their offices. There was some controversy about one of the possible new officials, who had been accused of apostasy by another member, but, eventually, President Hyde kept the peace by making the various parties involved apologize and forgive one another. Other offices were nominated and continued, other business was discussed. Then plans were made for the next meeting the following week. It is interesting to note that the same year (1850), the General Conference named the President of the Church as "prophet, seer, and revelator"; it is unclear if that took place before or after the meeting above.

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