Pay Order to Newel K. Whitney for “Mrs. Young,” 15 June 1840

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June 15th 1840
Sir, It is my opinion, that you had better let Mrs Young have any thing she wants, that so doing will be well pleasing in sight of God
Joseph Smith Jr
per [p. [1]]
<​17 June​>
<nutmeg 10
Shawl 1.50 for Self
1 p Shoes 1.50 for man
<​J. Smith Order $3.10 sld 25 June 40​> [p. [2]]


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    In addition to its use in cooking, nutmeg was sometimes utilized as an ingredient in botanical medicines for diarrhea and dysentery. (Day, Botanic Family Physician, 15; Smith, Botanic Physician, 488; “Milk Porridge,” Southern Botanic Journal, 4 Mar. 1837, 47.)  

    Day, L. Meeker. The Botanic Family Physician; or, The Secret of Curing All Diseases, on Improved Hygeian Principles, Fully Disclosed; Containing Also, Formulas, or Recipes, for the Cure of Every Disease Incidental to Human Nature. . . . New York: By the author, 1833.

    Smith, Elisha. The Botanic Physician: Being a Compendium of the Practice of Physic, upon Botanical Principles; Containing All the Principal Branches Necessary to the Study of Medicine, as Anatomy; Physiology; Surgery; Causes, Symptoms and Cure of Diseases; Midwifery; Materia Medica; Pharmacy, Botany, &c. Together with a Great Variety of Useful Recipes. New York: Murphy and Bingham, 1830.

    Southern Botanic Journal. Charleston, SC, 1837–1839; Augusta, GA, 1839; Forsyth, GA, 1840–1841.

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    Endorsements in the handwriting of Newel K. Whitney.  

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    The order itself does not specify that the cost of whatever goods Whitney gave to Mrs. Young should be charged to JS, but this endorsement indicates JS was responsible for that cost. In other notes given to Whitney in 1840, similar arrangements were made for individuals to have goods charged to an outside party. (See, for example, Hyrum Smith, Nauvoo, IL, to Newel K. Whitney, 8 May 1840; Hyrum Smith, Nauvoo, IL, to Newel K. Whitney, 3 July 1840; and Sidney Rigdon, Nauvoo, IL, to Newel K. Whitney, 14 Nov. 1840, Newel K. Whitney, Papers, CHL.)  

    Whitney, Newel K. Papers, 1825–1906. BYU.