Letter to Edward Hunter, 26 January 1842
JS, Letter, , Hancock Co., IL, to , , Chester Co., PA, 26 Jan. 1842; handwriting of ; two pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes address, postal stamp, postal notation, and docket.Bifolium measuring 12⅛ × 7½ inches (31 × 19 cm). The recto of the first leaf was left blank and the letter was inscribed on the verso of the first leaf and the recto of the second leaf. The bifolium was trifolded twice in letter style, sealed with a red adhesive wafer, addressed, and postmarked. Wafer residue appears on the recto and the verso of the second leaf. The document was later refolded for filing. The document has undergone conservation.The document was docketed by , who served as scribe to JS from 1842 to 1844 and as temple recorder from 1842 to 1846. It was listed in an inventory that was produced by the Church Historian’s Office (later Church Historical Department) 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.
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On 26 January 1842 JS composed a letter in , Illinois, to in , Pennsylvania, concerning a debt Hunter owed him. The debt had accrued by the previous summer. On 27 October 1841 Hunter asked JS to accept a shipment of goods as payment, and JS agreed to this in two letters, dated 21 December 1841 and 5 January 1842. However, according to the letter featured below, JS subsequently transferred Hunter’s promissory note for $1,100 to Nauvoo businessmen and prominent Latter-day Saints and . The transfer was likely related to business transactions JS made with the Laws two days earlier. On 24 January, JS sold land to them so that they could construct a sawmill and a gristmill. These transactions were apparently complex, as he also signed over to them a note of $500 from “J. Campbell of ,” the payment on which they would forward to JS.had traveled to to transact business for himself and JS. His most pressing task was to collect money on behalf of a recent Pennsylvanian convert, Margaret Smith, who intended the money to be turned over to JS. JS instructed Hunter to use these funds to redeem the note held by the Laws, thereby paying off Hunter’s debt to JS.acted as scribe for the letter. The letter was mailed at the post office, which postmarked it on 1 February 1842. By early March, had apparently deposited the $1,100 in a bank in at the request of .