, on behalf of JS, Letter, , Hancock Co., IL, to “Sirs,” 1 Apr. 1843; handwriting of ; docket in handwriting of ; one page; Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU. Includes archival marking.
April 1st. 1843
Your letter of the 20th. Ult. has been received and duly considered. In answer to which I have only to say that so far as I am concerned I have not any objections to your visiting . The citizens of this place are a free people, and as respects Theatricals or any thing else not repugnant to good order and decency can act as they think proper I do not wish to restrain nor interfere with their liberties It will be seen by an ordinance of the City Council passed July 5th. 1842 that full permission is granted “to any public shows, theatricals or other public amusements of a moral character,” but immoral & indecent exhibitions are strictly prohibited, as well as drunkenness. By the same ordinance the cost for License is left discretionary with the Mayor, not however to exceed fifty dollars, and the Recorders fee for writing the same one dollar.
I have therefore no objections to your visiting our , the people are all poor in consequence of persecution but that is a matter which you probably understand, consequently will run your own risk, as to obtaining much encouragement.