Invoice, Bailey, Keeler & Remsen to Smith & Cowdery, 12 October 1836
Bailey, Keeler & Remsen, Invoice, , NY, to Smith, & , [, Geauga Co., OH], 12 Oct. 1836; printed form with manuscript additions in handwriting of C. A. Heary; graphite redactions by ; dockets in handwriting of Marcellus Cowdery; two pages; JS Office Papers, CHL. Include endorsement and redactions.Bifolium measuring 12 ¾ x 7 ⅞ inches (30 x 22 cm) when folded. The fold is uneven, with the top leaf hanging past the right edge of the bottom leaf. The first page is lined with 33 horizontal blue lines (now faded); the other pages 36 lines. Left and right margins each contain two manually inscribed vertical brown lines forming ledger columns. Printed in black ink in the top right corner of the first page is the date line, business logo, and address for Bailey, Keeler, & Remsen in several font types. Two horizontal lines inscribed in black ink separate the business logo from the items listed on the invoice. The third page is blank. Graphite redactions appear throughout the invoice in the handwriting of . The document was folded twice horizontally (creating four panels) and endorsed. There are fingerprints on the first page and marked fly specks on the second page and wrapper. The document remained in a folded state for some time, evidenced by heavy soiling on the wrapper. Light and/or heat exposure caused a chemical reaction in the paper, darkening the gutter of pages two and three and the wrapper.This document was in the possession of church agents purchasing goods from Bailey, Keeler, & Remsen in New York City. It was subsequently given to Newel K. Whitney, who compared the contents of the invoice with the purchased goods shipped to Kirtland, OH. It is unknown when the invoice came into Smith’s possession. Presumably it was retained in JS’s office in Nauvoo, suggesting continuous institutional custody.