Appointment as Trustee, 2 February 1841

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J Smith Appointment Trustee
Recorded 8th February 1841
City of Hancock Co. Ills
February 2nd A D 1841
To the County Recorder of the County of
Dear Sir
At a meeting of the “” at this place on Saturday the 30th day of January A D 1841 I was elected Sole Trustee for said Church to hold my office during life (my successors to be the of said Church) and vested with Plenary Powers as sole Trustee in Trust for the Church of Latter Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints to receive acquire manage or convey property real personal or mixed for the sole use and benefit of said church agreeably to the provisions of <​an Act entitled​> “an act concerning religious Societies” approved February 6th 1835
Joseph Smith
State of Illinois) Ss
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This day personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace within and for the [and ] aforesaid, , and who being duly sworn depose and say that [the foregoing] Certificate of Joseph Smith is true
Sworn to and subscribed this Third day of February [in the] year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and forty [one] before me
Justice of the P[eace] [p. 95]

Footnotes

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    TEXT: The first three lines were written in the margin of the document.  

  2. 2

    According to the multivolume manuscript history of the church, on 26 January 1841 a special conference was held in Nauvoo, during which JS was unanimously elected sole trustee-in-trust for the church. However, the date given in the featured document corresponds with a different conference held in Walnut Grove, Illinois; it is not clear whether JS attended the Walnut Grove meeting, and no mention is made of his election during the 30–31 January meetings in Walnut Grove. (JS History, vol. C-1, 1159.)  

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    The inclusion of “plenary powers” deviated from the language in the Illinois General Assembly’s “Act to Amend ‘an Act in Relation to Religious Societies’” but ensured the absolute and exclusive terms of JS’s authority as trustee. (An Act to Amend “an Act in Relation to Religious Societies” [2 Mar. 1839], Laws of the State of Illinois [1838–1839], p. 267, secs. 1–2.)  

    Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Ninth General Assembly, at Their First Session, Commencing December 1, 1834, and Ending February 13, 1835. Vandalia, IL: J. Y. Sawyer, 1835.

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    An “Act to Amend ‘an Act in Relation to Religious Societies,’” passed by the Illinois General Assembly on 2 March 1839, amended the earlier “Act concerning Religious Societies,” passed on 6 February 1835. The 1839 law changed some of the language of the 1835 act but maintained the provision requiring a religious society to appoint a trustee or trustees to hold, purchase, or receive real estate for and in behalf of the religious society. (An Act to Amend “an Act in Relation to Religious Societies” [2 Mar. 1839], Laws of the State of Illinois [1838–1839], p. 267, secs. 1–2; An Act concerning Religious Societies [6 Feb. 1835], Laws of the State of Illinois [1834–1835], pp. 147–149.)  

    Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Ninth General Assembly, at Their First Session, Commencing December 1, 1834, and Ending February 13, 1835. Vandalia, IL: J. Y. Sawyer, 1835.

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    TEXT: Page torn. All text in brackets has been supplied from other copies. (See JS, Appointment as Trustee, Nauvoo, IL, 2 Feb. 1841, copy, JS Collection, CHL.)  

    Smith, Joseph. Collection, 1827–1846. CHL. MS 155.