, Letter, , Adams Co., IL, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 13–15 June 1839. Featured version copied [between 27 June and 30 Oct. 1839] in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 68–69; handwriting of ; JS Collection, CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 2.
wrote a letter to JS on 13–15 June 1839, responding to a letter from JS. In the response, Partridge noted that several church members were in need of assistance and that he was unable to help them because he had minimal funds and no prospects of earning money. JS likely received this letter on 26 June, when he returned to , Illinois, after an eleven-day trip to visit his brothers in other areas of the state. The letter was possibly delivered by , who arrived in Commerce from , Illinois, on 17 June. As a bishop in the church, Knight was aware of church members’ financial needs and may have traveled to Commerce to seek assistance for the Quincy Saints. The original letter is not extant, but copied the letter into Letterbook 2 between 27 June and 30 October 1839.
Your letter in Answer to my note to I recieved by the hand of br Harris,— Respecting the cattle I had promised three or four yoke to Father Myers, I did expect br Shearer would have sent the cattle down immediately or I should not have been quite so willing to have accommodated him with some to moved with. Some of our poor brethren wished me to furnish them teams to move up to with and I promised them that when the teams returned I should, they were very anxious to get up in time to get in a little garden, And were not my plans frustrated I could have accommodated them greatly to their satisfaction, the br[ethre]n that I allude to are the blind brethren, who say that they had as lieve live in tents there as here, it is now too late to think of making gardens and what is best for them brn to do I know not.—
I had promised some money as soon as I could sell a yoke of cattle, I know of nothing else I have that I can raise money with at this time, and they are getting to be dull sale to what they were.
Sister Meeks has been quite sick but she is getting better, she has nothing to eat only what she is helped to, a number of other poor here I think need assistance Wid[ow] Sherman for one but if you think that all the means should be kept up there I have nothing to say only that I do not believe it to be my duty to stay here living on expence where I can earn nothing for myself, nor do anything to benefit others.
As I before stated I have promised some money as soon as I can raise it, I have not at this time two dollars in the world $1- 44 is all I owe for my rent And for making clothes for some of the , And some other things, I am going into the room, br Harris leaves to save rent, what it is best for me <to do> I hardly know, hard labor I cannot perform, light labor I can but I know of no chance to earn any thing, at any thing that I can stand it to do— It is quite sickly here five were buried in four days, br More’s Child Sis Louisa P and And son Hiram 18 or 19 years of age the other two were children of the world.
I spoke to br about his siene [seine] he said that he would speak to his brother about it, He said he thought that they would sell it, or they would come up in the fall and fish awhile but to lend it he thought it would not be best as those unaccustomed to fish in the rivers would [p. 68]
Probably Jacob Myers Sr., a millwright. In spring 1839, he and his family moved from Caldwell County, Missouri, to Payson, Illinois, approximately fourteen miles southeast of Quincy. (Foote, Autobiography, vol. 2, pp. 114–117.)
Foote, Warren. Autobiography, not before 1903. Warren Foote, Papers, 1837–1941. CHL. MS 1123, fd. 1.
“Lieve” is an alternate spelling of “lief,” which is an adverb meaning “gladly; willingly; freely.” (“Lieve,” and “Lief,” in American Dictionary.)
An American Dictionary of the English Language: Intended to Exhibit, I. the Origin, Affinities and Primary Signification of English Words, as far as They Have Been Ascertained. . . . Edited by Noah Webster. New York: S. Converse, 1828.
Possibly the wife of Garland Meeks, a seventy from the Kirtland, Ohio, area. Sister Meeks was also discussed on 14 April 1839 in a meeting about moving indigent Saints from Missouri to Illinois. (List of Priesthood Licenses, LDS Messenger and Advocate, Sept. 1836, 2:383; Woodruff, Journal, 3–4 Apr. 1837; Quorums of the Seventy, “Book of Records,” 6 Feb. 1838, 41; Far West Committee, Minutes, 14 Apr. 1839.)
Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.
Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.
Record of Seventies / First Council of the Seventy. “Book of Records,” 1837–1843. Bk. A. In First Council of the Seventy, Records, 1837–1885. CHL. CR 3 51, box 1, fd. 1.
Far West Committee. Minutes, Jan.–Apr. 1839. CHL. MS 2564.
Partridge may have been weakened by malaria, which was raging in the Quincy area. Or, as Orson F. Whitney related in 1884, Partridge may have been weak or ill because of his imprisonment in Richmond, Missouri, in winter 1838–1839. In a prayer Partridge wrote in January 1839, he described the jail where he and several other Saints were held for several weeks: “The cold northern blast penetrated freely; our fires were small, and our allowance for wood, and for food, scanty; they gave us, not even, a blanket to lie upon; our beds were the cold floor.” (Orson F. Whitney, “The Aaronic Priesthood,” Contributor, Oct. 1884, 9; Edward Partridge, Prayer, Jan. 1839, Edward Partridge, Papers, CHL.)
Contributor. Salt Lake City. 1879–1896.
Partridge, Edward. Papers, 1818–1839. CHL. MS 892.
A few men with the surname of Moore were members of the church in Nauvoo, Illinois, by 1842: Andrew Moore, Harvey Moore, and William Moore. Of these three, Andrew Moore is the only one known to have lived in Quincy in 1839, but his extant reminiscences do not mention the death of a child in 1839. Alternatively, it is possible Partridge was referring to James Moses, whose son John died in Quincy in 1839. (Nauvoo, IL, Tax List, district 3, 1842, pp. 187, 211, 222, 227, microfilm 7,706, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Moore, Reminiscences, 28–29; Huntington, Cemetery Records, .)
U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.
Moore, Andrew. Reminiscences, 1846. CHL.
Huntington, William D. Cemetery Records, 1839–1845. CHL. MS 22047.
David Pettegrew fled from Far West on 19 January 1839 and eventually settled in Quincy, where his family joined him around 15 April. He recorded in his autobiography that his son Hiram, age eighteen, became sick soon thereafter and died on 10 June 1839. (Pettegrew, “History,” 34; Obituary for Hiram Pettegrew, Times and Seasons, Feb. 1840, 1:63.)
Pettegrew, David. “An History of David Pettegrew,” not after 1858. Pettigrew Collection, 1837–1858, 1881–1892, 1908–1930. CHL.
Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.