This document is not written as a pay order, but it is standing in for a pay order. The Nauvoo City Treasury Ledger notes that $41.51 was paid out 6 June 1843 “To order given to A. Mills & accepted by the Mayor”. There is no mention of this transaction in the Nauvoo City Council minutes. On 11 March 1843, Shadrach Roundy presented a certificate to the council certifying that he, Henry G. Sherwood, and Alexander Mills had worked 8 nights as city watch and requested payment of twelve dollars each. This claim was ordered to “stand over” until the mayor was present. At the 1 June 1843 council meeting, when JS was present, Roundy, Sherwood, and Mills were each allowed twelve dollars. A notation in the minutes indicates that separate orders were issued that day. The pay orders for Roundy and Sherwood are extant, but the order for Mills is apparently not extant, unless it was perhaps folded into this larger request for services as city watch. (Nauvoo City Treasury Ledger, 63; Claims from Shadrach Roundy and Others, 23 Feb. 1843; Nauvoo City Council Rough Minute Book, Nov. 1842–Jan. 1844, 12, 17; Pay Order to Nauvoo City Treasurer for Shadrach Roundy, 1 Jun. 1843; Pay Order to Nauvoo City Treasurer for Henry G. Sherwood, 1 Jun. 1843.)
Nauvoo City Treasury Ledger, 1842–1845. Nauvoo, IL, Records, 1841–1845. CHL. MS 16800.