Certificate from John W. Howden, 27 October 1838

To all whom it may concern.
This may certify that during the year of Eighteen hundred and thirtyseven  I had dealings with Messrs Joseph Smith Jr and Sidney Rigdon together with  other members of the society, to the amount of about three thousand dollars, and  during the spring of Eighteen Hundred and thirty eight, I have received my pay  in full of Col Oliver Granger to my satisfaction. And I would here remark that  it is due Messrs Smith & Rigdon & the society generally, to say that they have ever  dealt honorable and fair with me, and I have received as good treatment from them  as I have received from any other society in this vicinity: and so far as I have  been correctly informed, and made known of their business transactions generally  they have so far as I can judge been honorable and honest, and have made every  exertion to arrange & settle their affairs; & I would further state that the closing  up of my business with said society has been with their agent Col Granger  appointed by them for that purpose; and I consider it highly due, Col Granger  from me here to state that he has acted truly and honestly with me in all  his business transactions with me, and has accomplished more than I could  have reasonably expected. And I have also been made acquainted with  his business in this section, and wherever he has been called upon to act, he  has done so, and with good management he has accomplished and effected  a close of a very large amount business for said society, and as I believe  to the entire satisfaction of all concerned.
John W Howden
Painsville Geauga Co Ohio Oct 27th 1838 [p. 41]
John W. Howden, Certificate for JS and Sidney Rigdon, Painesville, Ohio, 27 Oct. 1838; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, p. 41; JS Collection, CHL.