180 years ago today - Monday, May 6, 1844

[George Miller]

In this council it was agreed upon that we would run Joseph Smith for President of the U.S. which we would certainly do, and also Sidney Rigdon for Vice President; and in case they were elected we would at once establish dominion in the United States, and in view of a failure we would send a minister to the then Republic of Texas to make a treaty with the Cabinet of Texas for all that country north of a west line from the falls of the Colorado River to the Nueces [River]; thence down the same to the Gulf of Mexico, and along the same to Rio Grand, and up the same to the U.S. territory, and get them to acknowledge us as a nation; and on the part of the church we would help them defend themselves against Mexico, standing as a go- between [for] the belligerent powers. And if successful in this matter we would have dominion in spite of the United States, and we would send the Black River lumber company to take possession of the newly acquired territory.-Lucien Woodworth was chosen
minister to Texas.

[George Miller letter, Northern Islander, Michigan, 1855, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]

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