Military Exemption from Robert D. Foster for John Murdock, 7 September 1843
, Military Exemption, [, Hancock Co., IL], to JS, [, Hancock Co., IL], for , 7 Sept. 1843; handwriting of ; certified by JS, 8 Sept. 1843; docket in handwriting of ; two pages; photocopy in Murdock Family Papers, CHL.
To Joseph Smith— Lieutenant General of Nauvoo Legion & all whom it may concern— This certifies that , has Citizen of , has this day applied for a Certificate to exempt him from Military duty & having been by me sworn according to Laws deposeth & saith that he is unable to perform Military service in consequence of general debility from his youth up to the present time— and the said having been examined by me according to the duties of my profession, I find him incompetent to perform service in the Militia of the State of — These are therefore to fully exonerate the said from such service henceforth, as his complaint is of a permanent character, according to my judgment
In Witness whereof I have hereunto fixed my hand & seal this 7th. day of Sept. A. D. 1843—