, Letter, , Cuyahoga Co., OH, to JS, , Hancock, Co., IL, 29 Oct. 1841; handwriting of ; one page; JS Collection, CHL. Includes address, postal stamp, postal notation, and dockets.
Single leaf measuring 12⅛ × 8 inches (31 × 20 cm). The letter was trifolded twice in letter style and then sealed with a red adhesive wafer, addressed, stamped, and mailed. Removal of the wafer, which likely occurred when the recipient opened the letter, tore a hole at the middle of the letter.
On the verso of the letter, a docket by , who served in a clerical capacity for JS from 1841 to 1842, indicates the document was retained by the office of JS in 1841. A second docket was inscribed by , who served as a clerk in the Church Historian’s Office from 1853 to 1859. The letter is listed in a Church Historian’s Office inventory from circa 1904. By 1973 it had been included in the JS Collection at the Church Historical Department (now CHL). The dockets, inventory, and inclusion in the JS Collection indicate the letter has been in institutional custody since it was received.
See the full bibliographic entry for JS Collection, 1827–1844, in the CHL catalog.
, a in , Illinois, wrote a letter updating JS on efforts to procure and transport goods from to Nauvoo. Whitney managed in both , Ohio, and Nauvoo that were used, at least partly, to supply goods to the poor. In his work as a storekeeper, he supplied stores with goods from eastern firms, and he drew from that experience to supply the church’s storehouses.
Sometime following the April 1841 general church , left to obtain storehouse goods, primarily clothing and fabric. He was in at least ten days before he wrote this letter to JS. While it is unknown how long Whitney had been away from Nauvoo, he was likely on his way back to Nauvoo by early November, as the letter suggests, but no records confirm his presence in Nauvoo until 18 December.
sent this letter from , Ohio, on 31 October 1841. According to a later JS history, JS received the letter in on 9 November 1841.
I am in this place in good health and spirits, tho some what worse for ware riding in the stage knight & day, I have not recd. any information from Brother Patten since I left , I calld. at the Post Office in Rochester expecting to receive a letter from him but found none. we have purchased near 5000$ worth of Goods & have the most part of them in this place and the balance I expect Brother Chase will be here with within about 10 days, I think I will forward what I have here to Portsmouth by the first boat & wait untill Br Chase arrives at this place and assist him in geting the balance through the Canal, and ship them all of them on one boat on the Ohio riv[er] as I do not like to have them too much scattered— The goods we have purchased consist mostly of Woollen clothes Calicoes & domestic Cottons— I drop you this line that you may be made acquainted as Earley as possible with the amount of our purchases &c— and you may expect we shall be at as Earley as possible— I trust you will not fail to Call & let my family know that I am on my way home &c—
In haste but as ever yours truly
P. S. I shall pay a short visit to while waiting for Br Chase [p. ]
This almost certainly refers to Rochester, New York, a city of approximately 20,000 people located on the Erie Canal, although it might also refer to Rochester, Ohio, a small village located approximately fifty miles southwest of Cleveland. (Peck, History of Rochester and Monroe County, New York, 1:52, 59–60.)
Peck, William F. History of Rochester and Monroe County, New York, from the Earliest Historic Times to the Beginning of 1907. 2 vols. New York: Pioneer Publishing, 1908.
Whitney apparently planned to meet with “Brother Chase” and send all the goods together via the Ohio and Erie Canal to the Ohio River, down the Ohio River to the Mississippi River, and then up the Mississippi River to Nauvoo.