JS, Note, , Hancock Co., IL, to , , Hancock Co., IL, ca. 23 Oct. 1841; handwriting of JS; one page; JS Collection (Supplement), CHL. Includes notation.
Leaf measuring 6¾ × 2½ inches (17 × 6 cm). A torn top edge indicates that the existing document was separated from an original, larger leaf of paper. A notation on the verso was inscribed in graphite by an unidentified scribe: “Bottom of letter signed Major Hyrum | Kimball Oct 23. 1841.” The document contains four folds. A significant ink splotch on the verso bled through to the recto.
The provenance of this document is unknown. Sometime between 1974 and 1984, the document was added to the JS Collection (Supplement) at the Church Historical Department (now CHL).
See the full bibliographic entry for JS Collection (Supplement), 1833–1844, in the CHL catalog.
On 23 October 1841 in , Illinois, JS penned a note in response to a letter from , a major in the second regiment of the first cohort of the . His note ordered Kimball to work with Colonel George Coulson, another officer in the legion, to hold an unspecified election—likely related to the Nauvoo Legion. It is also possible, however, that the note had to do with an upcoming city council election; Kimball was appointed an alderman for the Nauvoo City Council one week later.
The note is not dated. A clerical notation on the document indicates that gave JS a letter on 23 October 1841 and that JS wrote his response on the bottom portion of Kimball’s letter, which was then torn from the original letter. The original letter from Kimball has not been located. The note was likely delivered to Kimball, but how and when is not known.
Officers were elected to the Nauvoo Legion’s multilevel leadership structure after nomination from the court-martial, in accordance with section 7 of the Nauvoo Legion charter. A nomination and election took place whenever vacancies opened in the legion. For example, on 4 September 1841, Charles C. Rich was elected to the position of brigadier general to fill the vacancy left by the death of Don Carlos Smith, while another election was held to fill Rich’s former position of colonel. Since most of the proceedings of courts-martial held in 1841 are no longer extant, it is not known whether an election in the legion took place around the time of JS’s October 1841 note to Hiram Kimball. (Nauvoo Legion Minute Book, 3, 9; Stout, “History of the Nauvoo Legion,” .)