JS, Authorization, for , , Hancock Co., IL, 27 May 1839. Featured version copied [between 29 May and 30 Oct. 1839] in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 46–47; handwriting of ; JS Collection, CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 2.
On 27 May 1839, JS signed an authorization for to act as a . In this role, Markham was to solicit funds from Latter-day Saints in order to pay for the church’s recent land purchases. Because the church was not incorporated in , these purchases were made by individual church leaders and designated church agents. Acting for the church, bought 130 acres near , Illinois, from on 30 April. Also on that day, made an agreement on behalf of the church to purchase around 59 acres in Illinois from . Additionally, JS’s journal and the minutes of the general conference on 4–5 May indicate that land had been purchased in ; however, what the journal entry and meeting minutes call a purchase apparently consisted of making arrangements to later purchase land from Galland when it was sold at public auction. The church’s earliest deeds for land in Iowa Territory were signed on 29 May when church agent purchased land from Galland. The authorization featured here indicates that Markham was assigned to visit church members in and around , Illinois, to obtain funds for the church.
Because the original document is not extant, it is not known who inscribed the original; however, JS likely signed it. presumably took the authorization with him during his fund-raising endeavors. copied the authorization into JS Letterbook 2 sometime between 29 May and 30 October 1839.
Kilbourne, Strictures, on Dr. I. Galland’s Pamphlet, 9; see also JS, Journal, 24 Apr.–3 May 1839. Knight purchased a substantial amount of land from Galland a month later, on 26 June 1839. (Lee Co., IA, Land Records, 1836–1961, vol. 2, pp. 3–6, 13–16, 26 June 1839, microfilm 959,239, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)
Kilbourne, David W. Strictures, on Dr. I. Galland’s Pamphlet, Entitled, “Villainy Exposed,” with Some Account of His Transactions in Lands of the Sac and Fox Reservation, etc., in Lee County, Iowa. Fort Madison, IA: Statesman Office, 1850.
Minutes, 4–5 May 1839; Isaac Galland, Deed to Oliver Granger, 29 May 1839, Hiram Kimball Collection, CHL; Lee Co., IA, Land Records, 1836–1961, vol. 1, pp. 507–510, 29 May 1839, microfilm 959,238, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.
Mulholland copied his own 29 May 1839 letter to Edward Partridge on page 15 of JS Letterbook 2, making that the earliest likely copying date for documents he subsequently copied but that had dates preceding 29 May.
From our knowledge of the great sacrifices made by the bearer Br in behalf of the welfare of us and the Church generally, And from the great trust which we have often times reposed in him, and as often found him trustworthy, not seeking [p. 46]