License for John P. Greene, 25 February 1834
License, , Geauga Co., OH, for , 25 Feb. 1834; printed form with additions in handwriting of ; signatures of JS, , and ; one page; JS Collection, CHL. Includes archival marking.Single leaf measuring 6⅜ × 6½ inches (16 × 17 cm). The left and right edges have been unevenly cut. This document has been folded, and at some point a piece of white, watermarked paper, measuring 3⅝ × 6¼ inches (9 × 16 cm), was glued to the back of the license to reinforce the paper where it was folded. On the verso, a notation in graphite in unidentified handwriting reads: “Signed by Joseph Smith, | , and ”. In the upper right corner of the recto a graphite notation retraced in ink reads “No. 1”.This license is from a collection of other licenses that were donated to the Church History Library at an unknown time as part of the papers of , son of . This , along with other licenses of John P. Greene, was eventually separated from the Evan M. Greene papers and placed in the JS Collection.
This was issued to five days after the in , Ohio, appointed him to visit , Ohio, with and one day after JS dictated a revelation regarding the redemption of . The 24 February 1834 revelation appointed various men to serve missions to gather men and resources for the expedition. Though Greene was not specifically identified in the revelation, an 1857 history by his son indicates that after receiving his ’s license, Greene “took a mission . . . to the western part of and into to gather men and means” for the expedition. This account suggests that Greene was granted the license in preparation for his recruiting mission rather than for his trip to Strongsville. If Greene completed his mission to Strongsville, he must have done so before departing for New York and perhaps even before receiving the license. No minutes from the 25 February 1834 meeting in which the license was issued, and which might clarify for what mission Greene received this license, have been located. Those who filled out Greene’s license used the same printed form that was used for the license issued to . Greene’s license, like Williams’s, is one of the earliest printed licenses known to have been issued in the .