At a conference Meeting held by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Town of Adams County Ill, on Monday the 6th day of May 1839.
Joseph Smith Jr Presiding
It was unanimously Resolved—
That Elder be appointed to go to the City of and preside among the Saints in that place, and in the regions round about, and regulate the affairs of the Church according to the laws and doctrines of said Church, and he is fully authorized to receive donation moneys, by the liberality of the Saints, for the assistance of the poor among us who have been persecuted and driven from their homes in the State of , And from our long acquaintance with , and with his experience and knowledge of the laws of God the kingdom of God, we do not hesitate to recommend him to the Saints as one in whom they may place the fullest confidence, both as to their Spiritual welfare as well as to the strictest integrity in all temporal concerns, with which he may be intrusted.
And we beseech the Brethren in the name of the Lord Jesus to receive this Brother in behalf of the poor with readiness, and to abound unto him in a liberal manner, for “in as much as ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me”.
Yours in the bonds of the everlasting gospel though no longer a prisoner in the hands of the Missourians;
And still faithful with the Saints
Joseph Smith Jr
Chairman— &c— [p. 45]