Letter from Robert Peirce, 20 August 1841
, Letter, , Chester Co., PA, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 20 Aug. 1841; handwriting presumably of ; one page; Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU. Includes address and docket.Bifolium measuring 9⅞ × 7⅞ inches (25 × 20 cm). The letter was written on the first page and then trifolded twice in letter style, addressed, and sealed with a red adhesive wafer. The second leaf was torn, likely when the letter was opened. The letter was folded for filing. The manuscript shows substantial wear and has tears along the fold lines.A docket was added by , who served in a clerical capacity for JS from 1841 to 1842. JS presumably gave this document to , who kept a variety of financial records for the church. This document, along with many other personal and institutional documents that Newel K. Whitney kept, was inherited by his daughter Mary Jane Whitney, who married Isaac Groo. The documents were passed down within the Groo family. Between 1969 and 1974, the Groo family donated their collection of Newel K. Whitney’s papers to the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.
On 20 August 1841, , a member of the residing in , Pennsylvania, wrote a letter regarding financial matters to JS in , Illinois. Peirce had recently sold land in to , who was acting as an for JS, and JS owed Peirce the value of his property. With this communication, Peirce hoped to use that credit to make two transactions. First, Peirce wanted JS to draw on Peirce’s account to provide land in Nauvoo for fellow church members William Gheen and , who were preparing to relocate there from Pennsylvania. Second, Peirce wanted his letter to function as a pay order, requesting that JS give money to a “Brother Whitesides” (likely James Whitesides) on Peirce’s behalf. JS would then deduct the payment to Whitesides from what he owed Peirce.sent the letter with Gheen, who delivered it to JS. A docket on the letter in the handwriting of JS’s scribe indicates that JS received it. One month after the letter was written, Gheen and each received property in .
(aChester Co., PA, Deeds, 1688–1903, vol. U-4, pp. 82–83, 185–187, microfilm 557,205, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL. bSee Authorization for Hyrum Smith and Isaac Galland, 15 Feb. 1841. cJS, Journal, 28 Feb. 1842. dSee JS et al., Bond, Nauvoo, IL, to Henry Kern, Bart Township, PA, 6 Apr. 1841, JS Collection, CHL.)
U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.
- 1 (aChester Co., PA, Deeds, 1688–1903, vol. U-4, pp. 82–83, 185–187, microfilm 557,205, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL. bSee Authorization for Hyrum Smith and Isaac Galland, 15 Feb. 1841. cJS, Journal, 28 Feb. 1842. dSee JS et al., Bond, Nauvoo, IL, to Henry Kern, Bart Township, PA, 6 Apr. 1841, JS Collection, CHL.)