January 24, 1848
Location: Winter Quarters - 1014 miles left, Nebraska - Location: 41:21:41N 95:56:45W Currently the site of Florence, Nebraska, Winter Quarters was settled in September, 1846 as a temporary resting place for the pioneers. It is located just west of the Missouri river in Nebraska.
Summary: Seditious spirit charges are addressed by the council today.
Journal entry: Monday Jan 24th 1848. Today the Council met at ten a.m. on Woolley's case. We had a long session which lasted nearly all day. The case had created much excitement & the house was crowded. The charge was fully and abundantly sustained. President Harris decided that he should be fined one hundred dollars which was followed by a general pause in which President Young proposed to me to withdraw the charge which I did after a long speech on the object and duty of a police & the reasons for bringing it up; Presidents Young & Kimball also spoke on the subject.
This trial was the cause of much good as the people were enlightened on the object & intention of a police. The dark cloud of dissatisfied and murmuring feeling was for the time being dispelled.
Source: On the Mormon Frontier: The Diary of Hosea Stout 1844-1861 Volume I - Edited by Juanita Brooks. Permission to use excerpts granted by Utah State Historical Society and the University of Utah Press.