Mormon studies, Nauvoo, Council of Fifty, transcripts
In his essay “Understanding the Council of Fifty and Its Minutes,” on the previous pages in this issue, Ronald K. Esplin overviews the history of the Council of Fifty and the three books in which William Clayton recorded its minutes. He tells what these minutes add to our understanding of Church leaders’ concerns about outreach to American Indians, Joseph Smith’s presidential campaign, and the desire to claim religious liberty. The text presented and annotated below is excerpted from The Joseph Smith Papers, Administrative Records: Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846.
Grow, Matthew J.; Esplin, Ronald K.; Ashurst-McGee, Mark; Dirkmaaat, Gerrit J.; and Mahas, Jeffrey D.
"Minutes of the Afternoon Meeting of the Council of Fifty, April 11, 1844,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 55
, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol55/iss3/9