Letter from Erastus Snow, 11 April 1842

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Centreville Del. April 11th. 1842
Monday Morning
President Smith Dear Sir,
I Just came from the and this afternoon expect to go to Pa. and on Wednesday expect to return to and the last of the week go to Mass where I left my family on the 4th inst. The prospects were good and the cause advanceing when I left. I came away in a hurry haveing but short notice of the conference, and not fully concluding to come untill one day before I started. However I collected in my hurry $.34. thirty four dollars to send up for the which I shall probably send together with this letter by Brother Wm A Gheen, or some one going from shortly. Before a great while I hope to be able to send more from
The will please accept the small amount accompanying this letter and pass it to the credit of of the several donors viz—
$.10. Sarah Alley. $.5.
Nathaniel Ashby $.10. Jeremiah Hath[a]way $.5.
Ann Hathway $.3. Isaac Pray $.1.
very Respectully yours &c [p. [1]]
<Sal[e]m Bank $1. No 279
Mercantile " 1 233
State " 2 230
Village " 5 2486
Lancester— 5 2759
" " 5 " 4334
Manofatures 5 2225
Mercantile 5 768
" 5 775
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Messrs,
Joseph Smith) Trustee in trust
&) &
) Recorder of the
Ill [p. [4]]

Footnotes

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    According to the minutes of an April 1842 conference held in Philadelphia, the Centreville branch of the church consisted of twenty-eight people. (Philadelphia, PA, Minutes and Records, 6–10 Apr. 1842, 23.)  

    Philadelphia, PA, Minutes and Records, 1840–1854. CCLA.

  2. 2

    The conference was held from 6 to 10 April 1842. (Philadelphia, PA, Minutes and Records, 6–10 Apr. 1842, 22–30.)  

    Philadelphia, PA, Minutes and Records, 1840–1854. CCLA.

  3. 3

    By April 1841 approximately 150 Latter-day Saints lived in Chester County, Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia, PA, Minutes and Records, 6 Apr. 1841, 17.)  

    Philadelphia, PA, Minutes and Records, 1840–1854. CCLA.

  4. 4

    Willard Richards was appointed recorder for the Nauvoo, Illinois, temple on 13 December 1841. (JS, “To Whom It May Concern,” Times and Seasons, 15 Dec. 1841, 3:638; JS, Journal, 13 Dec. 1841.)  

  5. 5

    Originally from Rowley, Massachusetts, Holmes was baptized on 2 December 1832. In July 1842 he was listed as an agent for the Times and Seasons in Georgetown, Massachusetts. (Woodruff, Journal, 6 Oct. 1838; Samuel Smith, Diary, 2 Dec. 1832; “Agents,” Times and Seasons, 1 July 1842, 3:846.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

    Smith, Samuel. Diary, Feb. 1832–May 1833. CHL. MS 4213.

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    Alley was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. Her mother, Mercy Buffman Alley, joined the church in 1832. (Lynn, MA, Marriages, Births, Deaths, and Intentions of Marriage, 1635–1849, Marriages, Births, Deaths, 1796–1842, vol. 6, p. 387, microfilm 877,738, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Hyde, Journal, 1 and 3 Aug. 1832; Samuel Smith, Diary, 3, 12, and 14 Aug. 1832.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

    Hyde, Orson. Journal, Feb. 1832–Mar. 1833. CHL. MS 1386.

    Smith, Samuel. Diary, Feb. 1832–May 1833. CHL. MS 4213.

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    Ashby, a resident of Salem, Massachusetts, joined the church in about 1841, as did several members of his family. (Ashby, Autobiography, 3–5, 114.)  

    Ashby, Benjamin. Autobiography, ca. 1898–ca. 1904. Benjamin Ashby Writings and Family Papers, ca. 1853–1865, 2000. CHL.

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    Hathaway resided in Marblehead, Massachusetts. (1840 U.S. Census, Marblehead, MA, 34; Book of the Law of the Lord, 269.)  

    Census (U.S.) / U.S. Bureau of the Census. Population Schedules. Microfilm. FHL.

  9. 9

    Likely Anna Gardner Hathaway, wife of Jeremiah Hathaway, who lived in Marblehead, Massachusetts. (Book of the Law of the Lord, 269; Marblehead, MA, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1653–1842, Marriages, 1653–1816, vol. 2, p. 133, microfilm 864,838, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

  10. 10

    The Salem Bank was incorporated in 1803 and was located on Essex Street in Salem, Massachusetts. (Standard History of Essex County, Massachusetts, 391.)  

    Standard History of Essex County, Massachusetts, Embracing a History of the County from Its First Settlement to the Present Time, with a History and Description of Its Towns and Cities. Boston: C. F. Jewett, 1878.

  11. 11

    The numbers in this column likely represent banknote serial numbers.  

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    Likely the Mercantile Bank of Salem, Massachusetts, which was incorporated in 1826. (Standard History of Essex County, Massachusetts, 391.)  

    Standard History of Essex County, Massachusetts, Embracing a History of the County from Its First Settlement to the Present Time, with a History and Description of Its Towns and Cities. Boston: C. F. Jewett, 1878.

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    Possibly Village Bank, founded in 1836, in Danvers, Massachusetts. (Tapley, Chronicles of Danvers [Old Salem Village], Massachusetts, 127.)  

    Tapley, Harriet Silvester. Chronicles of Danvers (Old Salem Village), Massachusetts, 1632– 1923. Danvers, MA: Danvers Historical Society, 1923.

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    Likely the Lancaster Bank, established in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1818. (Ellis and Evans, History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 512.)  

    Ellis, Franklin, and Samuel Evans. History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1883.

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    Notation in blue ink in the handwriting of Willard Richards.