Notice, 9 July 1842
JS, Notice, [, Hancock Co., IL], 9 July 1842. Featured version published in “Strayed,” Wasp, 9 July 1842, vol. 1, no. 13, . For more complete source information, see the source note for Notice, 28 April 1842.
On 9 July 1842, JS published a notice about a lost ox in the Wasp. member Lenox M. Knight had donated the ox as to support the construction of the in , Illinois, but the animal subsequently went missing from the church’s livestock enclosure. This was not an isolated incident for the or the city in general. The Wasp published similar notices from owners who were seeking missing livestock, including a 21 May notice from JS requesting the return of a stray cow and calf given as tithing.Knight donated the ox in response to church leaders’ solicitation of donations for the . Because the majority of Latter-day Saints were cash poor, donations often took the form of goods or labor. In December 1841 the church published a call for tithing support, stating, “Now is the time that the trustee is ready to receive your droves.” That public plea specified the need for clothing, beds, animals, and “all kinds of provision for men and beast.” As trustee-in-trust, JS received and oversaw all tithing donations.Acting as JS’s clerk, apparently wrote the notice either as dictated by JS or on his behalf. The original notice is no longer extant; the notice featured here was published in the 9 July 1842 issue of the Wasp.