Agreement with Oliver Granger, 29 April 1840
, Agreement, with JS, , IL, 29 Apr. 1840; handwriting of ; signatures of and JS; two pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes dockets, seals, and redaction.One leaf, measuring 11¾ × 7½ inches (30 × 19 cm). The right edge has the square cut of manufactured paper, whereas the left, top, and bottom edges are all uneven, suggesting they were cut by hand. The leaf was folded in half twice for filing. The weathering on the back of the document suggests that the agreement was kept folded for some time. The leaf has undergone conservation and is encased in a Mylar sleeve. At some point, perhaps in the mid-twentieth century, an unknown person wrote “29 APRIL 1840” in graphite along the right side of the recto, presumably for vertical filing as practiced in the Church Historian’s Office.’s docket on the document indicates that the agreement was in church possession shortly after its creation. The later redaction suggests institutional custody beginning in the mid-twentieth century. Between 1974 and 1984, the agreement was included in the JS Collection (Supplement). The document’s docket, redaction, and cataloging indicate it has remained in continuous institutional custody.
On 29 April 1840, JS signed an agreement with transferring to Granger all of the debts and obligations that members JS, , and had contracted on the ’s behalf. Some of these obligations stemmed from transactions related to the , a banking establishment operated by church leaders in , Ohio, in 1836 and 1837; others resulted from buying goods to stock Kirtland stores. Earlier in April 1840, the had discussed Granger’s upcoming trip to the eastern to “settle some buisness transactions for the church.” Granger had previously acted as an for the church and for JS, most notably in selling property and settling outstanding debts in after church members migrated to in 1838. This April 1840 agreement would allow Granger to continue to conduct business for JS and his counselors in the First Presidency while Granger visited and Ohio.Both and JS signed the agreement. At least two copies of the document were made at the time it was created: the one featured here (apparently retained by JS) and another copy kept by Granger (also containing original signatures). Except for minor differences in punctuation and wording, the two texts are identical.