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Introduction to JS v. Emmons

JS v. Emmons
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Justice of the Peace Court, 7 June 1844
 
Historical Introduction
On 7 June 1844, JS commenced an action against for a debt of $22.75. The circumstances of the debt are unknown. The complaint was brought before , a justice of the peace in , Illinois, and Johnson issued a summons for Emmons to appear before him on 22 June. JS also requested subpoenas be issued for and .
JS had associated with under a variety of circumstances. Emmons had served as legal counsel to clients against whom JS had filed complaints, and during JS’s tenure as mayor of , Emmons served as a member of the city council. He also acted as editor of the Nauvoo Expositor, a newspaper devoted to criticizing JS and the church. The contents of the paper’s first and only issue on 7 June were deemed so inflammatory that the Nauvoo City Council declared it a nuisance and ordered JS, as mayor, to destroy it. That same day, JS commenced this action against Emmons for a debt.
The destruction of the Expositor caused a great deal of excitement among area residents who opposed the Latter-day Saints. By 22 June, the day set for the trial, , one of the witnesses subpoenaed, was sent to , Illinois, to speak with Governor about the escalating tensions, and by day’s end JS was on his way to to avoid arrest. In these circumstances, ’s hearing did not occur, and it is unknown if the case was ever settled. The only extant case document is a brief entry in ’s docket book.
 
Calendar of Documents
This calendar lists all known documents created by or for the court, whether extant or not. It does not include versions of documents created for other purposes, though those versions may be listed in footnotes. In certain cases, especially in cases concerning unpaid debts, the originating document (promissory note, invoice, etc.) is listed here. Note that documents in the calendar are grouped with their originating court. Where a version of a document was subsequently filed with another court, that version is listed under both courts.
 
7 June 1844 JS, Bill, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
7 June 1844. Not extant.
 
Ca. 7 June 1844 Summons, for Sylvester Emmons, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
Ca. 7 June 1844. Not extant.
 
Ca. 7 June 1844 Subpoena, for Lucien Woodworth and Eliza Partridge, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
Ca. 7 June 1844. Not extant.
 
Ca. 7 June 1844 Docket Entry, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
Ca. 7 June 1844; Robinson and Johnson, Docket Book, 251, Collection of Manuscripts about Mormons, 1832–1954, Chicago History Museum; handwriting of Aaron Johnson.
JS v. Emmons
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Justice of the Peace Court, 7 June 1844
 
Historical Introduction
On 7 June 1844, JS commenced an action against for a debt of $22.75. The circumstances of the debt are unknown. The complaint was brought before , a justice of the peace in , Illinois, and Johnson issued a summons for Emmons to appear before him on 22 June. JS also requested subpoenas be issued for and .
JS had associated with under a variety of circumstances. Emmons had served as legal counsel to clients against whom JS had filed complaints, and during JS’s tenure as mayor of , Emmons served as a member of the city council. He also acted as editor of the Nauvoo Expositor, a newspaper devoted to criticizing JS and the church. The contents of the paper’s first and only issue on 7 June were deemed so inflammatory that the Nauvoo City Council declared it a nuisance and ordered JS, as mayor, to destroy it. That same day, JS commenced this action against Emmons for a debt.
The destruction of the Expositor caused a great deal of excitement among area residents who opposed the Latter-day Saints. By 22 June, the day set for the trial, , one of the witnesses subpoenaed, was sent to , Illinois, to speak with Governor about the escalating tensions, and by day’s end JS was on his way to to avoid arrest. In these circumstances, ’s hearing did not occur, and it is unknown if the case was ever settled. The only extant case document is a brief entry in ’s docket book.
 
Calendar of Documents
This calendar lists all known documents created by or for the court, whether extant or not. It does not include versions of documents created for other purposes, though those versions may be listed in footnotes. In certain cases, especially in cases concerning unpaid debts, the originating document (promissory note, invoice, etc.) is listed here. Note that documents in the calendar are grouped with their originating court. Where a version of a document was subsequently filed with another court, that version is listed under both courts.
 
7 June 1844 JS, Bill, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
7 June 1844. Not extant.
 
Ca. 7 June 1844 Summons, for Sylvester Emmons, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
Ca. 7 June 1844. Not extant.
 
Ca. 7 June 1844 Subpoena, for Lucien Woodworth and Eliza Partridge, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
Ca. 7 June 1844. Not extant.
 
Ca. 7 June 1844 Docket Entry, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
Ca. 7 June 1844; Robinson and Johnson, Docket Book, 251, Collection of Manuscripts about Mormons, 1832–1954, Chicago History Museum; handwriting of Aaron Johnson.