Letter from Elias Higbee, 26 February 1840
- Source Note
On 26 February 1840, wrote a letter to JS from , the fifth in a series of seven extant letters apprising JS of the actions of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. In this letter, Higbee reported that the chairman of the committee, Senator Garret D. Wall of , had informed him that the committee believed the proper venue for the Saints to seek redress was the courts and legislature of and not the Congress. Higbee also stated that he intended to depart for home as soon as he could make all the necessary arrangements to do so.presumably sent this letter by post to , Illinois. JS likely received the letter sometime after he returned to the area on or before 29 February 1840. A 7 March 1840 letter wrote to Higbee indicated that this 26 February letter had not arrived in Commerce by 7 March. The original letter is not extant. copied the version featured here into JS Letterbook 2 sometime between April and June 1840.