August 4, 1842 • Thursday
of the Society.
Grove, August 4th, 1842.
Meeting open’d with singing.
Pray’r by Prest. Emma Smith.
Mrs. Prest. arose and address’d the Society upon the necessity of being united among ourselves— said we shall have sufficient difficulty from abroad without stirring up strife among ourselves and hardness and evil fee[l]ings, one towards another &c.
The following persons were then receiv’d,
Margaret M. Rainey
Mary J. Drake
Elizabeth C. Allen
1Mary Ann Mackley
Amanda C. Clift
Lucretia C. Maxwell
Mary S. Chapman
Ruth B. Kimball
Elizabeth Meeds [Meeks]
Sally Levett [Leavitt]
Lucina Meehum [Mecham]
Phidelia [Elizabeth Fidelia] King
Electa C. Williams
Roxcinda White [Rosina Wight]
Susan L. Merrill
The case of sister Brown was presented to the Society— many voted in the affirmative— an objection made, when Mrs. Prest. call’d for an expression of the meeting, to ascertain how many think best for sis. Brown to see her objectors, as had been propos’d by some individuals.2
Vote pass’d in the affirmative. Mrs. [Catharine] Wilkie requested the privilege of being present at an interview between Sis. Brown and a Sister who had told scandalous tales on Sis. B. in company with Coun. C. [Sarah Cleveland]— said now her obj’s were greater against that person than [p. ] sis. B.
Mrs Prest. said she could have the privilege as she was one that had objt.
Mrs. Prest. then proceeded to make observations respecting her visit to Quincy— that she was prosper’d— was cordially rec’d by the Governor who assured us of his protection &c.3 She said we could govern this generati[o]n in one way if not another— if not by the mighty arm of power, we can do it by faith & prayer. If we will try to live uprightly, said she believed we should not be driven.
Mrs. Prest. continued by Saying God knows we have a work to do in this place— we have got to watch and pray and be careful not to excite feelings— not make enemies of one another &c.
Mrs. [Roxsena] Repsher motion’d a vote of thanks to Prest. E. Smith
Mrs. Prest. said she does not want the thanks but the prayers of the Society.
Mrs. Durfee recommended to the sister to sustain by their diligence and faithfulness, that character before the world, which our Prest. has represented abroad.
Mrs. Parker was requested to state the result of her visit to sis. Miller’s
Reported that sis. M. was glad to have the Society watch over her— acknowledg’d she had done wrong and determin’d to do better.