Subpoena, 16 May 1844 [Phelps, Assignee of JS v. Wilson Law]
, Subpoena, , Hancock Co., IL, to Sheriff [James Campbell], for , 16 May 1844, Phelps, Assignee of JS v. Wilson Law (Hancock Co., IL, Circuit Court 1843); printed form with manuscript additions in handwriting of ; docket printed with manuscript additions by , [, Hancock Co., IL, 16 May 1844]; notations printed with manuscript additions by James Campbell, , IL, 27 May 1844; two pages; microfilm in Circuit Court Case Files, 1830–1900, CHL. Includes seal.
In 1844, this document was filed at the Hancock County Circuit Court in , Illinois. Sometime in the ensuing decades, it was transferred to the Illinois State Archives. In 2000, the Micrographic Services Division of the Illinois State Archives microfilmed a subset of Hancock County Circuit Court case files from 1830 to1900 that were descriptively titled, “Cases pertaining to Mormon residents.” In 2000, staff of the Church Historical Department (now CHL) obtained a copy of this microfilm from Karl Moore, a managing archivist of the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) program. In 2013, the microfilm was cataloged. Subsequent efforts by the Joseph Smith Papers Project to locate the original records at the IRAD depository for Hancock County records were unsuccessful. As of 2022, the document is unlocated.
The People of the State of , TO THE SHERIFF OF SAID —GREETING:
WE COMMAND YOU TO SUMMON if to be found in your , personally to be and appear before the Circuit Court of said , at the Court House, in , on the Twenty Second day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four to testify, and the truth to speak, in relation to a certain matter in controversy, now depending in the said Court, between , assinee of Joseph Smith plaintiff[blank], and , defendant at the instance of the said laying aside all pretences and excuses whatsoever, under the penalty of what the law directs. And make due return of this writ, and the manner in which you execute the same.
WITNESS, Clerk of our said Circuit Court, at , this Sixteenth day of May— in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four