Letter from Edward Partridge, 3 January 1840

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Ill. Jany. 3d 1840
Dear brethren
The following is a list of land patents held by me for land in Mo. which being heavy we think best not to send, but to send you the list of them so that you can go to the recorder’s office of land patents and get him to certify that such patents are recorded in his office <​their​>
This we concieve to be the cheapest and safest way weight is about eight ounces
Certificate No. 3172 dated March 8th 1834— Recorded in Volume 6 page 180— Exd
Certificate No 1871— Dated Decr. 5th 1833— Recorded in vol. 6 page 446— Exd
Certificate No. 1872— Dated Decr. 5th 1833— Recorded [in] Vol. 6 page 447— Exd
Certificate No. 1873— Dated Decr. 5th 1833— Recorded in Vol. 6 page 448— Exd.
Certificate No. 14— Dated March 8th 1834— Recorded in Vol. 6— page 471— Exd
Certificate No. 1961— dated Decr. 5th 1833— Recorded Vol. 7 page 37— Exd
Certificate No. 1962— dated Decr. 5th 1833— Recorded Vol. 7 page 38— Exd
Certificate No. 2317— dated January 20th 1834 Recorded in Vol. 7. Page 387 Exd
Certificate No. 26— Dated March 8th 1834— Recorded [in] Vol. 8. page 483 Exd.
Certificate No. 27— Dated March 8th 1834— Recorded i[n] Vol. 8. page 484— Exd.
Certificate No. 34— Dated Sept. 12th 1835 Recorded Vol. probably 6 or 8 the figure is so obscured that it is difficult to tell what it is. Page 491 Exd.
Certificate No. 3172— dated Nov. 4th 1835— Recorded in Vol. 9 page 272— Exd
What the Exd. means I do not know but it is on the patents and <​I​> do not know but that it may be of use
I remain yours in the bonds of
the everlasting Covenant
J. Smith Jun.
[p. [1]]
◊◊◊ 1.25
Corner of Missouri and 3d Sts
City of
<​ ILLS JAN 7​> [p. [2]]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    In an 1839 affidavit, Partridge declared that his property in Jackson County was worth over $15,000. In 1838 Partridge sold some of his land holdings in Jackson County prior to leaving Missouri. (Edward Partridge, Affidavit, Quincy, IL, 15 May 1839, Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives, Washington DC; Agreement with Amos Rees and Alexander Doniphan, 28 [Nov.] 1838, Hiram Kimball, Collection, CHL.)  

    Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives / Petitions and Memorials, Resolutions of State Legislatures, and Related Documents Which Were Referred to the Committee on Judiciary during the 27th Congress. Committee on the Judiciary, Petitions and Memorials, 1813–1968. Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789–2015. National Archives, Washington DC. The LDS records cited herein are housed in National Archives boxes 40 and 41 of Library of Congress boxes 139–144 in HR27A-G10.1.

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    Hudson M. Garland served as recorder in the General Land Office from 4 July 1836 to June 1841. (Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States, 24th Cong., 1st Sess., 4 July 1836, 4:576–577; 27th Cong., 1st Sess., 17 June 1841, 5:386.)  

    Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America, from March 4, 1829, to March 3, 1837, Inclusive. Vol. 4. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1887.

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    In 1840 the postage rate for letters weighing an ounce or more and sent to a destination more than four hundred miles from their point of origin was one dollar per ounce. Accordingly, if Partridge had sent JS and Higbee all of his land patents listed in this letter, the cost would have been about eight dollars. (American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, 119.)  

    The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, for the Year 1841. Boston: David H. Williams, 1840.

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    The correct certificate number for this land patent is 2599. (Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 2599, General Land Office Records, BLM.)  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 1871, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    TEXT: [hole in page].  

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 1872, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 1873, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 14, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 1961, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 1962, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 2317, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    TEXT: [hole in page].  

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 26, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    TEXT: “i[page torn]”.  

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 27, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 34, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    See Land Patent for Edward Partridge, Jackson Co., MO, no. 3172, General Land Office Records, BLM.  

    General Land Office Records. BLM. Accessed 15 May 2017. https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.

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    TEXT: From this point on, the text on the page appears to have been canceled at a later date, possibly indicating the end of the list of information pertinent to the federal government’s consideration of the church’s petitioning efforts.  

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    “Exd” was written in the upper right-hand corner of each of the land patents listed in this letter. According to an explanation written several decades later by an individual familiar with the processes of the General Land Office, “Exd” stood for “examined,” meaning that the land office staff had examined the patent application. (Index to the Reports of Committees of the House of Representatives, 121–122.)  

    Index to the Reports of Committees of the House of Representatives for the First and Second Sessions of the Forty-Fifth Congress, 1877–’78. Vol. 5, Nos. 834 to 1017 Inclusive. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1878.

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    The illegible characters—likely a notation indicating the weight of the letter in order to determine postage—and numbers on this line are in unidentified handwriting.  

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    JS and Higbee were staying at a boardinghouse on the corner of Missouri Avenue and Third Street in Washington DC. (Letter to Hyrum Smith and Nauvoo High Council, 5 Dec. 1839.)  

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    Postmark stamped in red ink.