Docket Entry, 8–circa 17 August 1843 [Butterfield v. Mills]
Docket Entry, , Hancock Co., IL, 8–ca. 17 Aug. 1843, Butterfield v. Mills (Nauvoo, IL, Mayor’s Court 1843). Copied 5 Sept. 1843; handwriting of ; photocopy in Historical Department, Materials Received from Mark W. Hofmann, CHL.
The Church Historical Department (now CHL) acquired this document from Mark Hofmann in 1983. As was later discovered, Hofmann forged many early church history and Americana manuscripts and altered authentic documents to increase their market value; he also dealt in authentic manuscripts. In 1986, church representatives offered documents received from Hofmann to the courthouses or local government agencies where they may have originated. A collection was created in 1995 to collate forged and suspect documents acquired from Hofmann directly or indirectly through other donors and included both manuscripts and photocopies of documents that were returned to government institutions in 1986. This document had apparently been returned to the Circuit Court, as the collection contains only a photocopy of it. Since there is no provenance information definitively dating this document prior to its possession by Hofmann and there is no indication the document underwent forensic testing, it cannot be conclusively authenticated.