Letter from Levick Sturges and Others, 30 January 1842
, , , and , Letter with postscripts by , , Allegheny Co., PA, to the (including JS) and , , Hancock Co., IL, 30 Jan. 1842; handwriting presumably of and handwriting of ; signatures presumably of , , , and and signature of ; three pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes address, dockets, redactions, and notations.Bifolium measuring 11⅞ × 7½ inches (30 × 19 cm). The letter begins on the verso of the first leaf, continues on the recto of the second leaf, and concludes at the top of the recto of the first leaf. The document was trifolded twice in letter style, sealed with a red adhesive wafer, and addressed. The recto of the second leaf contains wafer residue, and there is a tear on the verso surrounded by wafer residue. The letter was later refolded for filing.The document was docketed by , who served as scribe to JS from 1842 to 1844 and as temple recorder from 1842 to 1846. Another docket was inscribed by , who served as a clerk in the Church Historian’s Office (later Church Historical Department) from 1853 to 1859. Graphite redactions and a notation in the body of the letter are in the handwriting of Andrew Jenson, who began working in the Church Historian’s Office in 1882 and served as assistant church historian from 1897 to 1941. Another notation, “Copied by A.J.”, was apparently added by a clerk or secretary for Jenson. The document was listed as a letter from in an inventory that was produced by the Church Historian’s Office circa 1904. By 1973 the document had been included in the JS Collection at the Church Historical Department (now CHL). The document’s early dockets and notations as well as its inclusion in the circa 1904 inventory and in the JS Collection by 1973 indicate continuous institutional custody.
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On 30 January 1842, four members in —, , , and —wrote to the and in , Illinois, notifying them of the recent death of and requesting that apostle remain in the city to preach. Gee was assigned the previous October to serve a mission in Pittsburgh. He arrived on 22 December 1841, only four days before , who was en route to Nauvoo to explain his delay in leaving on a mission to Europe and Palestine. At Gee’s request, Page remained in the city to help proselytize. As reported in the 30 January letter, Page continued preaching in Pittsburgh after Gee died, and because Page’s oratory attracted large audiences, the four church members in Pittsburgh requested that Page be allowed to remain and move his family there as well.apparently wrote the letter, after which he, , , and signed it. Then added two postscripts. In the first, he expressed his willingness to remain in if he could also relocate his family there, discussed the advantages of establishing a in the city, and reviewed his successful labors there. He also explained his intention to report to in the spring to account for his delay in leaving on his mission. In the second postscript, he asked JS to relay his love to the Saints and his plans to see his family when in Nauvoo.The letter indicates it was carried to by the “politeness of S. Bennet,” referring to , who had been in five days before and was likely passing through en route to . No letter of response from the First Presidency or the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has been located, but the letter likely influenced the decision of the April 1842 special to assign to serve in Pittsburgh.