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Sidney Rigdon's Plea to the Saints: Transcription of Thomas Bullock's Shorthand Notes from the August 8, 1844, Morning Meeting
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sidney Rigdon's Plea to the Saints: Transcription of Thomas Bullock's Shorthand Notes from the August 8, 1844, Morning Meeting

On Thursday, August 8, 1844, when Brigham Young had returned to Nauvoo after Joseph Smith's martyrdom, the Saints met to hear from Sidney Rigdon and Brigham Young about the leadership of the Church. BYU Studies has published two key articles about those meetings. "The Succession in the Presidency" presents 129 accounts of people attending the meeting and receiving a witness that Brigham Young should lead the Church. “Sidney Rigdon’s Plea to the Saints” presents a transcription of Rigdon’s speech, which was presumed lost until this transcription was created from shorthand notes in 2014.