175 years ago today - 175 years ago - May 10, 1845 • Saturday

[Council of Fifty]

Young proposed "dissolving the council for the time being untill something of importance shall arise to call the council together," and the council adjourned sine die. Young's stated reason for the proposal was the approach of summer, the "hurrying time of the year," but he may also have been concerned about confidentiality. He spoke of "vessels in the council which are leaky" and counseled members against sharing information from the council with anyone, including their wives. In his journal William Clayton provided as a reason for adjournment "the conduct of D. D. Yearsly [David D. Yearsley] of whom there is strong suspicious of treachery."

[Joseph Smith Papers: Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846]

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