Letter from Edward Partridge, 27 May 1839

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Ill, May 27th 1839
Beloved brother
Sister Bronson has just handed me the enclosed letter which she wished me to forward to you, She and Br H. both say they expect that it is for you— but if it proves not to be your letter you can rectify the mistake. Br W. C. I expect is up that way somewhere, I send by Br Fisher. Br daughter is thought to be rather on the mend, but she is yet very low.
Your’s in the hope of immortality
Prest J Smith Jr
Ill [p. 15]


  1. 1

    Probably Harriet Gould Brunson. She and her husband, Seymour Brunson, lived in Far West, Missouri, before relocating to Quincy. Seymour Brunson left Missouri in 1838, after Far West was occupied by the state militia. Harriet Gould Brunson and their children remained in Far West until early 1839; they joined Seymour in Quincy in late February or early March. They stayed in Quincy for a few months before continuing on to Commerce. (Brunson, Autobiography, 11–13; Rich, Autobiography and Journal, 40.)  

    Brunson, Lewis. Autobiography, 1861. CHL.

    Rich, Sarah Pea. Autobiography, 1885–1893. 2 vols. Sarah Pea Rich, Autobiography and Journal, 1884–1893. CHL. MS 1543.

  2. 2

    Probably George W. Harris, since the letter later refers to “Br Harris.” (See Letter to George W. Harris, 24 May 1839.)  

  3. 3

    Possibly William Cahoon, who left Far West in early February 1839 and temporarily settled in Quincy. Sometime in mid- to late March, he moved in with a family by the name of Travis and remained with them until relocating to Montrose, Iowa Territory, in fall 1839. (Cahoon, Autobiography, 46–47.)  

    Cahoon, William F. Autobiography, 1878. Microfilm. CHL. MS 8433.

  4. 4

    Possibly Edward Fisher, who served on the high council in Lee County, Iowa Territory, beginning in October 1839. (Minutes, 5 Oct. 1839, in JS Letterbook 2, p. 198.)  

  5. 5

    Probably George W. Harris’s stepdaughter Lucinda Wesley Morgan, then age fourteen. JS was a close friend with the Harris family and lived with them briefly in 1838 in Far West. (Blessing for Lucinda Wesley Morgan, in Patriarchal Blessings, 3:8; Compton, In Sacred Loneliness, 45; JS, Journal, Mar.–Sept. 1838, p. 16; Letter to George W. Harris, 24 May 1839.)  

    Patriarchal Blessings, 1833–. CHL. CR 500 2.

    Compton, Todd. In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2001.

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    See Alexander Campbell, Bethany, VA, to W. Jones, 26 Mar. 1835, in Millennial Harbinger (Bethany, WV), 1 July 1835, 228; “Man,” in Buck, Theological Dictionary, 257; and New Testament Revision 2, part 2, p. 137 [Joseph Smith Translation, 1 Timothy 6:16].  

    Millennial Harbinger. Bethany, VA. Jan. 1830–Dec. 1870.

    Buck, Charles. A Theological Dictionary, Containing Definitions of All Religious Terms; a Comprehensive View of Every Article in the System of Divinity. . . . New American ed., edited by George Bush. Philadelphia: James Kay Jr., 1830.