Letter from Parley P. Pratt, 5 February 1842
, Letter, , Lancashire, England, to JS and “the Saints in America,” [, Hancock Co., IL], 5 [Feb.] 1842; handwriting of ; one page; JS Collection, CHL. Includes docket.One leaf measuring 9⅛ × 7¾ inches (23 × 20 cm). The document may have been folded for delivery; it was later folded for filing.The document was docketed by , who served as a clerk in the Church Historian’s Office (later Church Historical Department) from 1853 to 1859. It was listed in an inventory 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 docket as well as its inclusion in the circa 1904 inventory and in the JS Collection by 1973 indicate continuous institutional custody.
On 5 February 1842 , who presided over the British mission, wrote a letter to JS providing an update on migration from to , Illinois. Pratt had recently moved from to to assist in arranging travel for the growing number of British converts eager to make the voyage to the . In the letter, Pratt alerted JS to the departure of approximately 370 British Latter-day Saints on two vessels headed to . In total, an estimated 1,760 Saints had made the voyage, with the first company of converts leaving in June 1840.This letter was likely taken to by a member of the emigrating company that departed on the Hope on 5 February 1842. The group arrived in Nauvoo via steamer on 13 April 1842, and JS presumably received the letter shortly thereafter. misdated the letter 5 December 1842, but in the body of the letter he identified the correct date of 5 February 1842.
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