Praecipe, 1 September 1845 [Babbitt Guardian of James Lawrence et al. v. William Law et al.]
, Praecipe, to Circuit Court Clerk , [, Hancock Co., IL, 1 Sept. 1845], Babbitt Guardian of James Lawrence et al. v. William Law et al. (Hancock Co., IL, Circuit Court 1846); handwriting of ; signature of ; docket and notation by , [, Hancock Co., IL], 1 Sept. 1845; two pages; photocopy in Historical Department, Materials Received from Mark W. Hofmann, CHL.
In 1982, the Church Historical Department (now CHL) acquired this document from Mark Hofmann. 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, and this document was returned to the circuit court. 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. 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. In 2022, Joseph Smith Papers staff were unable to locate this document at the circuit court