Joseph Smith’s Correspondence through September 1843
Joseph Smith wrote to and received letters from a wide variety of
people, including his wife Emma and other family members; church
leaders and members; and politicians, attorneys, businessmen, and
newspaper editors. A few of the outgoing letters are in his own
hand, but most were either dictated to a scribe or written by an
associate under Joseph Smith’s direction. In some cases, the sent
letters were authored by a group of individuals that included Joseph
Smith, such as the church presidency; similarly, in some cases the
received letters were addressed to Joseph Smith and others. Some of
the original letters have survived but in most cases the best
versions available are early copies, such as the copies made in
Joseph Smith’s two letterbooks. Some letters were transmitted not by
hand but by publication in a newspaper.
present, most of Joseph Smith’s correspondence through March 1842
has been published on this website as part of the Documents series.
Eventually all of his correspondence will be published here.
following index provides one way to access the Joseph Smith
correspondence on this website. Correspondents are listed in
alphabetical order by surname, with individual items of
correspondence listed underneath the name. Unnamed correspondents
appear at the end of the list, as do groups of people with whom
Joseph Smith corresponded.
ways to access correspondence on this website are to perform a
search using the keyword “letter” (without quotation marks) and the
name of the correspondent; or to open the correspondent’s biographical sketch
and look through the documents listed
to the right of the sketch under the tab for “Papers”; or to browse
through the list of documents in the Documents series looking for
items with the word “letter” in the editorial title.
index will be updated as additional Joseph Smith correspondence is
published on this website.
Adams, George J.
From George J. Adams, 23 February 1843
Aldrich, Hazen C.
Bennet, James Arlington
Bennett, John C.
Blennerhassett, Richard S.
Buell, Presendia Huntington
Carter, John S.
Cleveland, John and Sarah Kingsley
Cyrus, H. A.
Edgerton, J. F.
Evans, Mary Beck
Fosdick, J. G.
Foster, Robert D.
Grant, Jedediah M.
Greene, John P.
Hale, Jonathan H.
Halsey, Thankful Cooper
Harris, George W.
Henry, G. W.
Heywood, Joseph L.
Higbee, Francis M.
Hinkle, George M.
Hodge, Abraham C.
Jackson, Jarvis M.
Jenks, Jacob W.
Jennison, H. Q.
Kimball, Heber C.
King, Austin A.
Lee, John D.
Lotson, J. W.
Malin Jr., Elijah
Marsh, Thomas B.
Nicholson, J. B.
Page, John E.
Perry, D. S.
Phelps, William W.
Pratt, Parley P.
Robinson, George W.
Rockwell, Orrin Porter
Saxton, Noah C.
Smith, Agnes Coolbrith
Smith, Don Carlos
Smith, John (no relation to Joseph Smith)
Snider, Hannah Heston
Stathem, Isaac W.
Thompson, Robert B.
Warren, Calvin A.
Wasson, Lorenzo D.
Weber, John B.
Whitney, Elizabeth Smith
Whitney, Newel K.
Wild, S. J.
Williams, J. Wilson
Withers, B. F.
Young, Richard M.
Groups of People and Unnamed
Quorum of the Twelve
Church Leaders and Members in Missouri
Church Leaders and Members in Ohio
Church Leaders and Members in New York
Other Groups of Church Members
Editors of Newspapers
To Editor, 17 July 1843
To Editor, 26 July 1843
To Editor, 18 August 1843