, Letter, , Hancock Co., IL, to JS and , , 2 Jan. 1840. Featured version copied [between Apr. and June 1840] in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 91–94; handwriting of ; JS Collection, CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 2.
On 2 January 1840, wrote a letter to JS and , who were in , in response to a number of letters he had received from the two men. With and JS out of town, Smith was the only member of the in , Illinois, which made him responsible for managing affairs there and responding to inquiries from church spread throughout the country.
In his letter, updated JS and on his efforts to gather duplicates of land records that JS and Higbee apparently planned to submit to Congress as support for the church’s petition for redress. He also reported on his work to secure more financing for their trip, as JS had directed, especially since the delegation was already running short on funds. Smith apprised JS and Higbee of ’s request to publish editions of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the church’s hymnbook in . In addition, Smith informed them of ’s delay in traveling to to help settle some of the church’s debts. Finally, Smith asked JS for advice on several other matters, including whether their parents should accompany Granger to , Ohio.
likely sent the letter by post, the primary method by which the church’s delegation to the federal government communicated with church leaders in . No response from JS has been located. The original letter from Smith is apparently not extant, but copied it into JS Letterbook 2 sometime between April and June 1840.
another edition of his Book<s> of Mormon and wanted permition to print and edition of the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants &c with a periodical similar to the [“]Times and Seasons” stating that ther were men who had means, that would assist in these things. He likewise wanted to get priviledge for the to print the Book of Mormon &c in Europe. I wrote in reply that if there were any of the Brethern— disposed to aid, and had means to spare for such purposes to send them to this place, so that not only this place might be benefited, but that the Books might come out under your immediate inspection.
I am afraid some have been induced to tarry and assist in these undertakings; and had made arrangements with to assist in liquidating the debts, I want a Letter as from you Bro. Joseph, as soon as possible, giving me all the instruction you think necessary. I feel the burthen in your absence is great. expresses a a great desire to go to along with , who has promised to pay his and s expenses. Would you think it advisable for them to go or not. The met a few days ago and took your second letter into consideration and passed some resolutions on the subject: appointed committees to get certificates for land, and to get all other information they could— some have gone to and others to different places— We shall forward from time to [time] the information you desire. You will receive enclosed in this a number of Duplicates for land from and others— The is frosen up; the weather is very cold & a great quantity of snow is on the ground and has been for some time. Your family is in tolerable good health excepting one or two. having the chills occasionally.
desires me to inform you, that and Hose have drove into a large quantity of Hogs. They are now engaged [p. 93]