Authorization for Stephen Markham, 27 May 1839

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Hancock Co. Ill.
27th May 1839
To the
From our knowledge of the great sacrifices made by the bearer Br in behalf of the welfare of us and the Church generally, And from the great trust which we have often times reposed in him, and as often found him trustworthy, not seeking [p. 46] his own aggrandizement, but rather that of the Community: We feel warranted in commissioning him to go forth Amongst the faithful, as our to gather up And receive such means in money or otherwise as shall enable him us to meet our engagements which are now about to devolve upon us, in consequence of our purchases here for the Church, and we humbly trust that our brethren generally will enable him to come to our assistance before our credit shall suffer on this account.
Joseph Smith Jr
P. E. [p. 47]


  1. 1

    In previous months, Markham served on a committee to oversee the safe removal of the Saints from Missouri, and he personally escorted JS’s family to Quincy. He also was responsible for obtaining powers of attorney and selling the land of Saints who left Missouri during the exodus. (Far West Committee, Minutes, 29 Jan. 1839; 1 and 21 Feb. 1839; Historian’s Office, JS History, Draft Notes, 6–7 and 15 Feb. 1839.)  

    Far West Committee. Minutes, Jan.–Apr. 1839. CHL. MS 2564.

  2. 2

    JS was likely referencing the 30 April land transactions the church made in Illinois with Hugh White and Isaac Galland, as well as planned purchases in Iowa Territory. The land purchases on 30 April left the church with large financial obligations, but the due dates for paying these debts are unknown. Alanson Ripley provided White with promissory notes amounting to $5,000, but the bond for the purchase does not indicate when the notes were due. George W. Robinson’s agreement with Galland stipulated a payment of $18,000. When the deed for the land was recorded in the Hancock County deed book on 29 June, the payment for the land was listed as $9,000. No schedule of promissory notes was outlined in the 30 April agreement or the 29 June deed. (Hancock Co., IL, Bonds and Mortgages, 1840–1904, vol. 1, pp. 31–32, 30 Apr. 1839, microfilm 954,776; Hancock Co., IL, Deed Records, 1817–1917, vol. 12 G, pp. 247–248, 30 Apr. and 29 June 1839, microfilm 954,195, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

  3. 3

    Likely an abbreviation for “Presiding Elder.” (See Note, ca. 24 May 1839.)