5th, and after lbouring dilegently three days in succession, it was unanim-
ously agreed upon, that the town pPlatt, with 4 ^four^ eighties adjacent
to the platt, should be at the disposal of the Bishop and his council
the High Council, the two presidents, and the two apostles.
During this labour the two presidents acknoledged they were wrong, and they
to all appearance willingly suffered themselves to be corrected by the Council.
In the begining of May following, the Council again met, and resolved to to have the above m^n^amed property transfered into the hands of
the bishop, as an equivalent to the PoorbleedingZionmoney, and
that the avails, of said land, should be thareafter applied to the benefit
of the poor, and other public purposes. The business of the transfer
of said property, was transacted by the two presidents, the Bishop and his coun-
cil, and by some meanes they managed to bind the bishop in a heavy
mortgage ^of three thousand four hundred and fifty dollars^ to apply two thousand dollars of the avails of the town plat ^Which they had subscribed^ to
the building of the House of worship, which they intended to build ^have^ erect[e]d;
Since that time, the affair of building the house has falen through.
Consequntly, many people have withdrawn ther subscr[i]ption to it, and these two men, claining this two thousand dollars as their
subscription, chuse to withdraw it, and put it into their own pockets. aA small part of which has been already paid to Wm W. Phelps.
The Council, not feeling ^willing^ that the Church should be defrauded
of two thousand dollars of her public funds, and also know^ing^ that
the Church in general as well as themselves, had become dissattisfied
with their conduct as Christians, in many things, appointed a
committee to labour with them: after which, they called the whole
church in Zion togeather, who almost unanimously voted them
out of their presidenceal office.
Not long after this, the Council
saw cause to appoint a seecond committee, to wait on these men
who still presisted in their opposition to the interests a [page torn]
the Church. aAfter which, charges were prefered against them
before the Council, which were substantiated, and they were
excommunicated. Also, the Church has had much sorrow durring
the past winter, on account of the unfaithfulness of O. Cowdry, David Whitmer, and Lyman Johnson, and in consequence of this, and
Their opposition to our beloved Brother Joseph Smith Jr, and
the best interests of the Church of Jesus Christ, ^[On]^ for presisting in
the same, a number of Charges have been substantiated against
them, before the Councils & bishop of the Church, and they have
also been excluded from fellowship. "How has the gold become dim
the most fine gold changed"!!! But I mus[t] drop this subject for want of
room. Suffice ^it^ to say Brethern, J. Smith Jr & S. Rigdon are now
with us, the Church now flourishes, and the Saints rejoice,
and the ^internal^ enemies of the Church are down. You will see by the above
prospectes, that your anxious desires for the Journal are about to be granted.
May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless you, and keep you unto
his coming and Kingdom, Amen! My love to all the Saints in those