Revocation of Power of Attorney, 18 January 1842

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J Smith Revocation of Attorney
Recorded 31 Jany 1842
Know all Men by These Presents that <​whereas​> I Joseph Smith of the County of and State of as trustee in trust for the in and by my <​Letter of​> attorney bearing date on or about the 15th of Feb. 1841 did constitute and appoint Dr. of I. T. [Iowa Territory] my attorney to transact business business in general for Said Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; and whereas as appears by said letter; and whereas I the said Joseph Smith, for myself, on or about the date above mentioned, in and by my letter of attorney did constitute and appoint the Said , my attorney to transact <​certain​> business for myself individually, as appears by said Letter— Now Know ye, that I the said Joseph Smith, for myself, and also as Trustee in trust, for said Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, have revoked countermanded, annulled and made void, and by these Presents do revoke, annul, countermand, and make void the Said Letters of Attorney, and all power and authority thereby given or intended to be given to the said Dr ; and also, all other Letters or instruments of writing, whatsoever, if any such there are authorizing the said to act as or transact any business for myself or Said Church, are revoked, countermanded, annulled, and made void by these presents, and are of no power or virtue in law whatsoever, and will not be so acknowledged by me.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at the City of , County of Hancock, and State of Illinois this 18th day of Jan. AD 1842
Joseph Smith L.S.
and Sole trustee in trust for the Church of Jesus Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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    TEXT: The county recorder, Chauncey Robison, added the notations on this line and the preceding line in the left margin when copying the revocation into the bonds and mortgages book; “189” is an identification number.  

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    During a church conference on 30 January 1841, JS was elected as the “sole trustee-in-trust” for the church, which made him liable for all financial assets of the church in Illinois. The appointment was recorded at the Hancock County Courthouse in Carthage on 8 February 1841. (An Act concerning Religious Societies [6 Feb. 1835], Laws of the State of Illinois [1834–1835], pp. 148–149, sec. 3; JS History, vol. C-1, 1159; Appointment as Trustee, 2 Feb. 1841.)  

    Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Ninth General Assembly, at Their First Session, Commencing December 1, 1834, and Ending February 13, 1835. Vandalia, IL: J. Y. Sawyer, 1835.

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    JS to Isaac Galland and Hyrum Smith, Power of Attorney, 1 Feb. 1841, Hancock Co., IL, Bonds and Mortgages, 1840–1904, vol. 1, p. 96, microfilm 954,776, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Authorization for Hyrum Smith and Isaac Galland, 15 Feb. 1841.  

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    “L.S.” is an abbreviation of locus sigilli, which is Latin for “location of the seal.”