Letter to Father Bigler, 27 May 1839

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Hancock Co Ill, 27th May 1839
Father Biggler
Dear Sir
We have thought well to write you by , on the subject of our purchase of lands here, in order to stir up Your pure mind to a remembrance of the situation in which we have been placed by the act of the of the having appointed us as a Committee to transact business <​here​> for the Church. We have as is known to the Church in general; made purchases, And entered into contracts And promised payments of monies for all which we now stand responsible.
Now as money seems to come in too slowly in order that that we may be able to meet our obligations— we have determined to call upon the liberality of Father Biggler through the of , And request that he will place in his hands for us, the sum of five or six hundred dollars for which he shall have the security of the said Committee, also, through the agency of , And the thanks of the Church besides.
Joseph Smith Jr
Mr John Biggler, Ill. [p. 13]


  1. 1

    See 2 Peter 3:1.  

  2. 2

    Because the church was not incorporated in Illinois, church business was conducted in the names of individual church leaders and agents, but these transactions were understood as church business. The recent land purchases were unanimously approved in priesthood councils and a general conference of the church. (See Minutes, 24 Apr. 1839; and Minutes, 4–5 May 1839.)