Letter to Jacob Stollings, 27–28 June 1839
- Source Note
On 27 June 1839, JS wrote to , a merchant, providing an update on an agreement the two men made just before JS’s escape from Missouri in mid-April 1839. The agreement regarded account books that were apparently taken from Stollings’s store during the military operations in , Missouri, on 18 October 1838. In the April agreement, Stollings and JS established that if JS assisted in recovering the account books within four months, Stollings would forgive debts that church members incurred as customers at his store during 1838.After JS relocated to , Illinois, he wrote this letter to on 27 June, reporting that the account books had not been located. JS suggested that Stollings ask —who had helped raid the store and presumably still lived in —regarding the whereabouts of the books. The next day, on 28 June, JS added a postscript to the letter, stating that someone reported seeing Avard with the books but did not know where they were now.JS may have written the letter with the expectation that would recover the books from and would then forgive the debts that church members owed him. Because the original letter is apparently not extant, it is unknown whether JS wrote the letter or relied on a scribe. It is also unknown whether or by what means the letter was sent, whether it reached Stollings, and how he reacted to it if he received it. copied the original letter or a retained copy into JS Letterbook 2 sometime between 28 June and 30 October 1839.