Power of Attorney to Reuben McBride, 28 October 1841

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Know all men by these presents,
That I, Joseph Smith, of Hancock County and State of Illinois, “Sole trustee in trust for the ,” have made, constituted and appointed and by these presents do make constitute, and appoint, of Lake county and State of Ohio, my true and lawful attorney: for me and in my name, and for my use as, “sole trustee in trust for the [p. 214] ”, to ask, demand, sue for, recover and receive all such sum or sums of money of money, debts goods, wares, & other demands, which are, or shall be due, owing, payable or belonging to me, as trustee in trust as aforesaid, by any manner or means whatsoever; also to dispose of in my name, to grant, bargain, sell, release and confirm all or any part of my real estate as Trustee in trust, as aforesaid, in and about , Lake county and State of Ohio, and throughout any of the northern and eastern States, and to receive all such sum or sums of money accruing therefrom, for me and for my use as Sole Trustee in trust of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints; and to take up the power of Attorney which I gave to , and all the papers and obligations of every description specified therein, or in his possession by virtue thereof, and to settle the same in my name, for me and for my use as above described. And I, as trustee in trust as aforesaid, hereby give and grant unto the said , my attorney, full power and authority in and about the premises, to have, use and take all lawful ways and means in my name for the purposes aforesaid, and upon the receipt of any such debts, dues or sums of money (as the case may be) acquittances, or other sufficient discharges, for me and in my name as aforesaid Trustee, to make and give. And generally to do all other acts and things in the law whatsoever needful and necessary to be done, in the before mentioned places, for me and in my name as aforesaid Trustee, to do, execute and perform as fully, and to all intents and purposes, as I might or could do if personally present. Hereby ratifying all & whatsoever my sd. Attorney shall in the place above specified, by virtue hereof.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal this 28th. day of Oct. 1841.—
(Signed) Joseph Smith LS.
Witness— )
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  1. 1

    JS was appointed sole trustee of the church in January 1841. (Appointment as Trustee, 2 Feb. 1841.)  

  2. 2

    Power of Attorney to Oliver Granger, 27 Sept. 1837.  

  3. 3

    Though Granger did not appear to have an organized corpus of financial papers that could be transferred to McBride, Granger apparently did have papers and obligations that required McBride’s attention as an agent of the church. (Reuben McBride, Kirtland, OH, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 3 Jan. 1842, JS Collection, CHL; see also William Clayton, Copy of Promissory Notes, 8 July 1842, JS Office Papers, CHL.)  

  4. 4

    TEXT: “LS.” is enclosed in a hand-drawn representation of a seal. “LS” here is short for a Latin legal term, locus sigilli, denoting the area on a contract to affix a seal. The use of “LS” replaces the actual seal on the copied document.