At 10 met with the Council of 50 first organized by Joseph [Smith] the Prophet March 10–1844,-but which has not met for several  years. The last Roll & Records since 1850 being absent and about 20 vacancies having occurred by death since last session the morning Session was occupied in Organizing... The Name & Constitution of this Council of the Kingdom were stated as given by Revelation in the beginning. Several of the first members spoke of certain important items of great interest to all present; especially to the new members. All seemed to rejoice.
[Franklin D. Richards journal, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]