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1.2.28 September 2, 1843

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September 2, 1843 • Saturday

Tenth meeting of the Society

of the First Ward

Snow House1

Sep 2d 1843

The fourth ward were prevented meeting at the Lodge room from the rain2

Meeting opend by prayer and singing

prayer by Sister Joshua [Sarah] Smith

In compliance with Councillor Whitneys [Elizabeth Ann Whitney’s] request proceeded to business

Prest Emma Smith absent also he[r]— Counsellors

Mrs [Elvira Cowles] Holmes the Treasurer not presant

Sister Granger reported

The Committee then proceeded to report as follows

Sister [Lydia] Granger & Sister [Elizabeth] Jones of the first ward found that many were sick and suffer[in]g said there were some imposters Spoke of Hannah Jones who is late from England a widow and 〈had〉 applied to this society for help had found her to be a corrupt 〈person〉 as they had enquird into her Character and knew it to be corrupt

Sister Meecum Sister Joshua Smith of th[e] 4th ward report that about 20 families are very sick and others getting sick Br Law and the Bishops have supplied some so that they are mostly supplied with meal3 & flowr at present

Sister 〈Granger〉 spoke of Sister Broomley as destitute of dresses

$

said she would donate one of her own

1

00

also one shirt

00

50

She also represented a family of Holts as of objects of charity

Sister Joshua Smith mentiond the case of N Nicholson [p. [113]]

P[hebe] M Wheeler represented Siste[r] Reed as an object of charity to the society

$

Sister Lyons donated

00

50

to Siste[r] Reed for a dress

Sister Reed desird to get work of the Society

Siste[r] Jones rose said she had an orphan boy on her hands James Bayley who had been with her 3 weeks and now inclining to drepsey [dropsy] could eat nothing but crackers and was in need of medicine which she could not get without money solicited help for him

Sister Packerd [Sophia Packard] spoke of Mrs [Clarissa] Merrifield as poor & needy Spoke of annother family and destitute and 〈had had〉 no thing but potatoes and roasted corn in 4 days has money due him but cant get it Sister Packard said she desird to do her duty and magnify her calling faithfully

Sister Fordham representd a family near her in extreme want Also a Br Willcox with a large family in extreme want 〈near to〉 and Jeremiah Curtiss, North East from the Temple

Sister Granger spoke of a family of Wights the Man very sick nothing to eat

Sister Jones suggested the propriety of of taking measures to detect imposters said that Siste[r] Emma had a counciled all to report to whom donations were given

$

Sister Chase rose & said that she was willing to do all she could for the sick herself and sis Geene [Esther Gheen] had Given

1

00

to Sister Miller

Said she had had a family dependant on her hands who were poor and needy

Sis Packard said that Martha Thomas will donate of provision

00

50

[p. [114]]

Donations

$

Sister Warner

12 lbs flowr—

00

30

Sister [Mary] Snider

3 lb sugar—

00

36

Sister Risen [Sophia Riser]

12 lb flowr

00

30

Sister [Mary Ann] Oakley

3 yds Shirting 3 yds calico

00

75

Sister Simmons

8 lb flowr

00

20

Sarah Bayley [Bailey]

1 lb sugar 1 lb of coffee

00

25

Mary Yearsley

1 pr sheets & cash 31 cents

1

37½

Hannah Pierse

one Quilt one shirt pr pillow slips and sundries 12 1/2 cents

2

50

Sister Chandler Rodgers [Amanda Rogers]

15 [k]nots of white Stocking yarn

00

50

Sister [Sylvia] Lyon Sundry articles for th[e] sick and distress’d handed ov[e]r to Sister Longdon [Sarah Langdon] Sis Riley Sis [Sarah] dobson and the blind brother

4

81½

Thirsa McNol

flowr & Meat

00

20

Charity Stoddard

in tin ware

1

00

Irena Cowley [Cowles]

1 lb rice

6 00

604

Sister Brosier [Sarah Brazier]

cash

12½ 00

12½

Sister Dan

12 apples

00

6

Martha Thomas

meat

00

10

Mrs Ferry

meat

00

8

Mrs Nickerson

bread & butter

00

6

Ruth Williams

flowr & meat

00

75

Sophia Packard

bread and meat

00

18

Mrs [Mary] McKenzie

1 lb sugar—

00

12

Sis Husted

8 lb pork

00

12

Anothe[r] Sister

8 lb flowr

00

20

Siste[r] Brewster

4 lb flowr

00

10

Sister [Keziah] Morrison

cash

00

25

Mr [John] Finch Merchant

2 lb rice

00

12

Sister Daniel [Maria] Hendricks

1 lb candles

12

[p. [115]]

Sister [Philinda] Stanley said the flax which she had given to the Society is spun and ready for weaving

Sister Lyons said the cotton was ready for the loom

Sister Joshua Smith then rose and said proposd that we as a society get to gather materials for for the Saints for bedding that many may not suffer as they did last wintr

Sister Lyons thought so too said in Lima the Sisters were now at work making quilts for this Society

Sister Green said she would give Siste[r] Reed a bed quilt also her daughter a Mantaumaker5 should cut and help make her dress

Sister Prusia [Persis] Johnson will give a cotton and woollen skirt to Siste[r] Reed

Sister Simpson 5 lb flowr & soap for Br Hooms

a hymn was then sung

Prayer by Sister Packerd

Meeting Ajournd

Footnotes

  1. [1]On the Snow house, see 113n256 herein.

  2. [2]This minute book numbers Relief Society meetings in sequence for each of the three years it covers. For 1843, the minutes have no record for the ninth meeting, which would have been a meeting of the Fourth Ward Relief Society. As noted here, what would have been the ninth meeting was evidently canceled because of bad weather.

  3. [3]text: Possibly “meat”.

  4. [4]text: It appears that the scribe accidentally noted this amount as six dollars, then corrected the amount to six cents. The scribe made a similar mistake on the next line.

  5. [5]A mantuamaker is a dressmaker. “Mantua,” a corrupted form of the French “manteau,” is a lady’s gown. (“Mantua,” and “Mantuamaker,” in American Dictionary [1845], 516.)