Letter from Edward Hunter, 27 October 1841

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Chester Co Pa Octr 27th <​1841​>
Beld. Brother
The power of attorney that Margaret Smith gave me could not be recorded in consequence of not being sanctioned by the Judge <​or ​> of the state of , or would have paid part of it, he said If I would present a power according to law he would trye to pay part of it as soon as he could collect it ( will state the situation more full <​& further explane it​>) I have purchaced good & they are packed up in boxes and marked, Ila, I got a bill of drye goods of Fitzgearld, Fry & Co. amounting to <​D​> 1987.17 ◊◊ Shoes. Caps Boots & Baskets of <​D​> 395.81/100, Stationair 14.16/100 Silks <​D​> 376.72/100 and I gave One hundred Dollars to pay for conveying the goods & expenses, I paid near Eleven hundred Dollars which I borrowed (for the goods) There is a perposial which I wish to make to you if you think proper, that is to take those goods to pay the Eleven hundred Dollars I owe you, and to answer the first payment on , Woodland of 104 acs & 160 acres East of . 1/2 mile, & s 40 acrs of Woo<​dland​> if you think it proper, perhaps & will take something less <​than they asked​>, do as you thing [think] proper & I will be satisfyed— Brother it wishes to take a Steam Enjine <​to ​> for a flour mill & I would wish to erect a steam Sawmill if I sell my Farms, we wish to have your opinion on that subject— we got home verry well but cost something more than we expected we saw a fine county— our family’s were well, [p. [1]] we were a little longer geting the goods than I expected, in consequence of borrowing the money, but have settled a correspondane [correspondence] in which I think will be beneficial if we make our payments punctual they appear to be Honest Men,— Pleas to tell Margaret Smith that I called on last evening & he appeared more willing to pay & said he was pleased with the words of the power, she gave me & he would pay part of it soon & the remainder as soon as he could with propriety Collect it all the objection was that it had not the Great seal of the State & san[c]tioned by the Judges of the Court will explain it, is in , going out <​to ​> tomorrow they have considerable of merchandize with them
If there is any enough to discharge Dr s Note that is due in the spring that he holds againstt me after you & & 1st pay[m]ent, pay him, or if you see proper to expend it in finishing my hous & I will pay in the Spring when it is due Pleas to Write to me soon I shall be well pleasd to have your opinion on those subjects I am in good health & my family & hope you & all around are well
Yours Sincerely—
Mr Joseph Smith [p. [2]]
 
<​ Pa. OCT 29​>
<​25​>
Jos. Smith Esqr
Hancock County, State of Ilinois [p. [3]]
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Footnotes

  1. 1

    For a power of attorney to be legally binding, the document had to be certified by the proper judicial authority and then recorded by the county clerk. (See Power of Attorney to Hyrum Smith, 5 Sept. 1837; and Edward Hunter, West Nantmeal, PA, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 10 Feb. 1842, JS Collection, CHL.)  

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    By 25 September 1841, Margaret Smith provided Edward Hunter with a power of attorney “to receive all such moneys” that her cousin John Guest “may have in his hands or at his command for her.” (Edward Hunter, Bond, Nauvoo, IL, to Margaret Smith, 25 Sept. 1841, Edward Hunter, Collection, CHL.)  

    Hunter, Edward. Collection, ca. 1798–1965. Photocopy and typescript. CHL.

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    It is unclear why these goods were directed to Whitney rather than to JS. JS may have arranged with Hunter and Potter to send them to Whitney, who, as one of Nauvoo’s bishops, could use them to help support church members.  

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    A receipt indicates that Hunter bought the lot of goods from Fitzgerald, Fry & Co. and paid $735 on the bill of $1,987.17. The goods and the remainder of the bill were transmitted to JS via church member Ephraim Potter. (Ephraim Potter for JS, Receipt to Edward Hunter, 26 Oct. 1841, JS Collection [Supplement], CHL.)  

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    A receipt indicates that Hunter bought the boots, shoes, and other goods from “S Livezey,” paying $210 on the bill of $395.81. The goods and the remainder of the bill were transmitted to JS via Ephraim Potter. (Ephraim Potter for JS, Receipt to Edward Hunter, 27 Oct. 1841–B, JS Collection [Supplement], CHL.)  

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    A receipt indicates that Hunter paid $14.16 for “a lot of Books & Stationary bot of J Locker,” which were to be transmitted to JS via Potter. (Ephraim Potter for JS, Receipt to Edward Hunter, 27 Oct. 1841–A, JS Collection [Supplement], CHL.)  

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    A receipt indicates that Hunter paid $36.72 for “a lot of Silks bot. of Benjn S Riley & Co” to be transmitted to JS via Potter. (Ephraim Potter for JS, Receipt to Edward Hunter, 28 Oct. 1841–A, JS Collection [Supplement], CHL.)  

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    Potter wrote to Hunter on 10 November 1841 with an update on the transportation of the goods from Philadelphia to St. Louis. At that time, Potter seemed uncertain about his ability to get the goods all the way to Nauvoo. Nevertheless, the goods arrived in Nauvoo by 21 December 1841. (Ephraim Potter, Ohio River, to Edward Hunter, West Nantmeal, PA, 10 Nov. 1841, Edward Hunter, Collection, CHL; JS, Nauvoo, IL, to Edward Hunter, West Nantmeal, PA, 21 Dec. 1841, JS Collection, CHL; see also Ephraim Potter for JS, Receipt to Edward Hunter, 28 Oct. 1841–B, JS Collection [Supplement], CHL.)  

    Hunter, Edward. Collection, ca. 1798–1965. Photocopy and typescript. CHL.

  9. 9

    Based on Edward Hunter’s receipts, plus the $100 paid to Ephraim Potter for transporting the goods to Nauvoo, Hunter’s expenses totaled $1,095.88.  

  10. 10

    In JS’s 21 December response, he accepted Hunter’s proposed agreement. (JS, Nauvoo, IL, to Edward Hunter, West Nantmeal, PA, 21 Dec. 1841, JS Collection, CHL.)  

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    JS wrote at length in his 21 December letter about the prospect of Hunter and Henry Buckwalter erecting mills in Nauvoo and encouraged them to do so. (JS, Nauvoo, IL, to Edward Hunter, West Nantmeal, PA, 21 Dec. 1841, JS Collection, CHL.)  

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    Margaret Smith had not heard about Hunter’s endeavors by 12 November 1841, when she wrote him a letter expressing that she was “very anxious to know how they act with you about paying in the money at the present time and whither there is or will be difficulty.” By 21 December, JS had informed Margaret Smith of the difficulties Hunter had encountered in enacting the power of attorney. (Margaret Smith, Nauvoo, IL, to Edward Hunter, Chester Co., PA, 12 Nov. 1841, Edward Hunter, Collection, CHL; JS, Nauvoo, IL, to Edward Hunter, West Nantmeal, PA, 21 Dec. 1841, JS Collection, CHL.)  

    Hunter, Edward. Collection, ca. 1798–1965. Photocopy and typescript. CHL.

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    A second power of attorney from Margaret Smith to Hunter was created on 15 December 1841 and, according to JS, was “executed & sent up to the Clerks office for the Seat of State. & will be forwarded direct from there, it is now on the way most probably.” (Margaret Smith to Edward Hunter, Power of Attorney, Nauvoo, IL, 15 Dec. 1841, copy, Edward Hunter, Collection, CHL; JS, Nauvoo, IL, to Edward Hunter, West Nantmeal, PA, 21 Dec. 1841, JS Collection, CHL.)  

    Hunter, Edward. Collection, ca. 1798–1965. Photocopy and typescript. CHL.

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    James Ivins appears to have been serving as an agent for the church in the eastern United States at this time. (See Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 13 Sept. 1841.)  

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    Hunter purchased land from Foster on 18 September 1841. On 25 September 1841, Chauncey Robison, recorder in Hancock County, received a deed for Hunter from Foster for “the South East Quarter of Section No Three in Township No Six North Range No Eight west.” The details of payment are not known. (Chauncey Robison, Recorder’s Certificate, Hancock Co., IL, 25 Sept. 1841, Edward Hunter, Collection, CHL.)  

    Hunter, Edward. Collection, ca. 1798–1965. Photocopy and typescript. CHL.

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    Postal place and date stamped in blue ink.  

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    Postage in unidentified handwriting.