Letter from William Perkins, 29 October 1838

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Oct 29. 1838
Joseph Smith Jr Esq
Dea[r] Sir
At Suggestion of our friend we send you Statement of our acct & demndsYou know I threw my whole influence, industry & whatever talents I have faithfully into your affairs— do something for me, “The labourer is worthy of his hire”
In the Quis tam Suits of Rounds, we have charged the differ[e]nt individuals according as we thought was about right in proportion to our Services— I spent a great deal of time & labour in my office in those suits, & though unsuccessfull it was no fault of ours you know. rebelled & we have a judgt against him for his proportion & presume it will be collected—
I have heard much of your troubles & take an interest in your welfare & believed you must [p. [1]] prevail, not withstanding all persecutions—
I recd eloquent & spirrted 4th of July address fr[om?] mail, please present my compliments to him & well wishes for his prosperity— We have a small amount aga[i]nst , which he will recognize, It escaped our recollection when he left—
Yours truly
P.S. We also send an account against Mr & one to [p. [2]]


  1. 1

    Luke 10:7.  

  2. 2

    Parrish apparently had not paid his portion of the legal fees in the Rounds lawsuits. To obtain Parrish’s payment, Perkins & Osborn brought a claim against him, likely through the justice of the peace court since the debt was small—under one hundred dollars.  

  3. 3

    Ohio newspapers published several articles referencing the Missouri situation. (See, for example, “The Mormons,” Daily Herald and Gazette [Cleveland, OH], 13 Sept. 1838, [2]; “Mormon Difficulties,” Daily Herald and Gazette, 10 Oct. 1838, [2]; and “Mormon Campaign,” Painesville [OH] Republican, 11 Oct. 1838, [1].)  

    Daily Herald and Gazette. Cleveland. 1837–1839.

    Painesville Republican. Painesville, OH. 1836–1841.

  4. 4

    In his discourse, Rigdon emphasized the Saints’ loyalty to the United States, reviewed the violence against the Saints, and stated that church members would defend themselves against future violence. (Discourse, ca. 4 July 1838.)  

  5. 5

    Marks left Kirtland earlier in the month. (Geauga Co., OH, Deed Record, 1795–1921, vol. 27, pp. 149–150, 1 Oct. 1838, microfilm 20,242, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

  6. 6

    Perkins probably listed both versions of Robinson’s name because Robinson’s debts to Perkins & Osborn involved notes in which his first name was written out and other notes in which his first and middle initials were used.