Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes

Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes

by John S. Dinger
     
 

Two incidents are particularly dramatic in this volume, thanks to the careful work of clerks who took the minutes, bringing to life some key moments in LDS history. One of the most memorable meetings of the city council occurred on June 10, 1844; the minutes capture the emotions as members debate whether to destroy the opposition newspaper, the Nauvoo Expositor.

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Two incidents are particularly dramatic in this volume, thanks to the careful work of clerks who took the minutes, bringing to life some key moments in LDS history. One of the most memorable meetings of the city council occurred on June 10, 1844; the minutes capture the emotions as members debate whether to destroy the opposition newspaper, the Nauvoo Expositor. The publisher of the paper, Sylvester Emmons, had been a councilman until his June 8 expulsion for having "lifted Ins hand against die municipality of God Almighty." As the hawkish councilmen became increasingly agitated, they began shouting slogans, asking whether the others had the nerve to do what was right and crush the newspaper. The answer was a sustained, raucous cheer.

"Yes resounded from ever)' quarter of the room," the clerk, Willard Richards, wrote. "Are we offering … to take away the right[s] of anyone [by] this [action] [to]day?" one of the city councilmen, William Phelps, shouted. "No!!!" was the answer "from every quarter." Should they also tear down the barn of newspaper editor Robert Foster? Yes! they said. By the time the meeting was over, the Nauvoo police, assisted by 100 soldiers of the Nauvoo Legion, had "tumbled die press and materials into the street and set fire to them, and demolished the machinery with a sledge-hammer."

Another gripping event occurred on September 8, 1844, when the high council gathered outdoors to accommodate large crowds for the trial of Sidney Rigdon of the First Presidency. A behind-the-scenes power struggle became evident as Brigham Young stepped forward to take control of the meeting, culminating in a request for a vote from the audience. Young asked everyone to "place themselves so that [he] could see" them, so he would "know who goes for Sidney." There followed a flurry of denunciations of various Church members who were summarily excommunicated by acclamation rather than by trial, in a meeting lasting six hours.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560852148
Publisher:
Signature Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2011
Pages:
700
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John S. Dinger is a graduate of the S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, where he was an editor at the Utah Law Review. He is presently Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Ada County in Boise, Idaho. He has published in the Idaho Law Review, Journal of Mormon History, and Utah Law Review. He is a member of the editorial board of the Mormon History Association. He and his wife have three children.

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