Letter to Isaac Galland, 19 January 1842
- Source Note
On 19 January 1842 JS wrote from , Illinois, to in , Iowa Territory, in response to a letter Galland sent to him the previous day. In February 1841 Galland was authorized as a to travel to the eastern “to sell stock in the and obtain subscriptions and donations for building the ‘’” in Nauvoo. While in the East, Galland was also to repay debt owed to , , and by deeding them land in and that was owned by Latter-day Saints who were moving to Nauvoo. In return, these Saints would receive land in Nauvoo.In August, JS received word that had left the eastern without paying the church’s creditors. JS was unable to reach him to obtain a report of his financial dealings for the church until December, after Galland returned to . In a 10 December letter, JS urged Galland to report to . Galland responded the next day, agreeing to visit as soon as he finished business dealings he had planned for the following week. On 17 January 1842 JS sent another letter to Galland, petitioning him to visit Nauvoo “within two or three days” or, if he was unable to make the journey, to send “all the funds you possibly can as my wants are verry great.” Galland responded the next day, probably by the same carrier who delivered JS’s letter, explaining that he had no money to send but that he would visit when possible. The tone of the letter apparently troubled JS and likely prompted his decision to revoke Galland’s power of attorney that day.In his 19 January letter, featured here, JS proposed that he and settle their accounts. He also expressed concern that converts from the East who had arranged with Galland to deed their property there in return for land in had arrived in the city and turned to JS to fulfill these obligations without Galland having forwarded any form of payment.The original letter is apparently not extant. acted as scribe for the original letter and later copied it into JS Letterbook 2, probably soon after the letter was composed. It is uncertain when received the letter, but it may have been hand delivered by and on 27 January 1842, when they retrieved Galland’s power of attorney. No response from Galland has been located. Perhaps motivated by this letter, Galland traveled to in early February to meet with JS.