7 April 1840 (Tuesday).

Times and Seasons 1 (April 1840): 92-93[1]

The President called upon the Clerk to read the report of the Presidency and High council, with regard to their proceedings in purchasing lands and securing a place of gathering for the saints. The report having been read, the President made some observations respecting the pecuniary affairs of the church, and requested the brethren to step forward and assist in liquidating the debts on the town plot, so that the poor might have inheritances.

He then gave some account of his mission to Washington city, in company with President Rigdon and Judge Higbee, [2] the treatment they received and the action of the Senate on the memorial which was presented to them. [3]

—7 April 1840


[1] See History of the Church, 4:106-7. Not in Teachings. The History of the Church entry is based on the Times and Seasons account given in the text. The following remarks were made at the April 1840 General Conference of the Church.

[2] Elias Higbee (1795-1843). He was baptized in 1832 and served as a member of the Nauvoo Temple Committee.

[3] The Saints' petition to the United States Senate and House of Representatives for redress of their Missouri grievances is published in History of the Church, 4:24-38. The report of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the petition is found in History of the Church, 4:90-92. In summary the report stated, "The case presented for … investigation is not such a one as will justify or authorize any interposition by this government."