Sunday, December 26.  A special meeting of the High Council met at 2 p.m. at Pres. John Smith’s house in G.S.L. City.  Parley P. Pratt spoke at some length on the disaffected spirits in the Valley.  After remarks and testimonies by several of the brethren, it was decided that the marshal should stop those who were about starting for California.  Parley P. Pratt and Henry G. Sherwood were appointed a committee to inform Mr. Goodyear why Samuel Brown, Elijah Shockley and son and Samuel Shepherd and son were stopped.  The first law committee from want of time had failed to report, and Parley P. Pratt, Daniel Spencer, John Taylor, Chas. C. Rich, Henry G. Sherwood and Albert Carrington were appointed a committee to draft such laws as were needed immediately.

[Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dec. 26, 1847, 1]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, July 2006]

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