Letter from Abraham C. Hodge and Springfield, Illinois, Branch, 25 January 1842
and , IL, branch, Letter, , Sangamon Co., IL, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 25 Jan. 1842; handwriting presumably of R. J. Coats; two pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes address, postal stamps, postal notation, docket, and notation.Bifolium measuring 12⅝ × 7⅝ inches (32 × 19 cm). The letter was inscribed on the recto and verso of the first leaf; the recto of the second leaf is blank. The bifolium was trifolded twice in letter style, addressed, sealed with a red adhesive wafer—remnants of which are on the recto and verso of the second leaf—and postmarked. At some point the letter was folded again for filing.The document was docketed by , who served as JS’s scribe from December 1841 until JS’s death in June 1844 and served as church historian from December 1842 until his own death in March 1854. The notation “Copied by A.J.” was apparently added by a clerk or secretary for Andrew Jenson, who served as assistant church historian from 1897 to 1941. By 1973 the document had been included in the JS Collection at the Church Historical Department (now CHL). The document’s early docket and notation as well as its inclusion in the JS Collection by 1973 indicate continuous institutional custody.
On 25 January 1842 , president of a meeting of members in , Illinois, wrote to JS reporting news of the Springfield ’s reorganization. According to the letter, after the Springfield was disbanded in 1841, the branch’s previous president—a “Br Mariam”—moved to , Illinois. In Mariam’s absence divisions about leadership arose in the branch, resulting in the meeting reported in Hodge’s letter. The letter, apparently written by meeting clerk R. J. Coats, began with minutes of the meeting. The meeting made five resolutions, including the selection of prominent Springfield judge as the new branch president. The letter then informed JS of the difficulties that had required a reorganization of the church’s congregation in the state capital, reported the resolutions, and requested a letter of response as to whether JS approved of the meeting’s resolutions.The letter was postmarked 31 January and would have taken only a few days to reach . Although and Coats requested a response from JS, no reply has been located. Whether explicitly or implicitly, JS apparently approved ’s election as branch president, as Adams seems to have functioned as president of the branch until his death in August of the following year.
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