Letter from Halsey Cook, 20 March 1843
, Letter, , Dutchess Co., NY, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 20 Mar. 1843; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of and ; two pages; JS Collection, CHL.
On 20 March 1843, Halsey Cook wrote a letter from Tivoli, New York, to JS in Nauvoo, Illinois, inquiring about the church and the city of Nauvoo and requesting “a printed copy of your Revelation.” Cook was likely Jeremiah Halsey Cooke, who was born in Red Hook, New York, in 1824; little else is known about him. He apparently read about JS in newspapers, but he may have also encountered missionaries or other members of the church, since he was familiar with the church periodical Times and Seasons. Cook’s inquiries about Nauvoo were not unique; at least two other letters inquiring about the city and the church were written to JS in March 1843.Cook mailed the letter to JS from Tivoli on 21 March. There is no known response from JS, but he apparently received the letter—probably sometime in early to mid-April—since his secretary Willard Richards docketed it.