Commission from Thomas Carlin, 10 March 1841

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To All to Whom these presents shall come—Greeting:
KNOW YE, That Joseph Smith having been duly elected to the office of Lieut-Genl of the —— Regiment of the Militia of the State of , I, , Governor of said , for. and on behalf of, the People of said , do commission him Lieutenant Genl Nauvoo Legion —— of said Regiment, to take rank from the fifth day of February 1841. He is, therefore, carefully and diligently to discharge the duties of said office, by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging; and I do strictly require all officers and soldiers under his command to be obedient to his orders; and he is to obey such orders and directions as he shall receive from time to time, from the Commander-in-Chief, or his superior officer.
[seal] IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the Great Seal of to be hereunto affixed. Done at , this 10th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-one and of the Independence of the , the sixty-fifth
Head Quarters, ,
City of , Ill., March 15th 1841.
Oath of Office administered by me the day and year above written.
, Major General of the Nauvoo Legion. [p. [2]]


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    Stephen A. Douglas handwriting begins.  

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    The militia’s organization was determined in a Nauvoo City Council meeting, during which the participants declared that the lieutenant general was “the Chief Commanding & reviewing officer, & president of the Court Martial, & Legion.” (Minutes, 3 Feb. 1841.)  

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    TEXT: Embossed seal of state of Illinois.  

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    Signature of Thomas Carlin.  

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    TEXT: Douglas’s signature is knife-erased and overwritten by Trumbull’s.  

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    Notation in handwriting of John C. Bennett.  

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    Signature of John C. Bennett.