Memorial to High Council, 18 June 1840

The memorial of Joseph Smith Jr. respect fully represents.
That after the Church of Jesus Christ had  been more inhumanly as well as unconstitutionally  expelled from their homes which they had secured  to themselves in the State of Missouri, and having <they>  found a resting place in the State of Illinois  altho very much scattered and at considerable  distances from each other.
That after the escape of your Memorial ist from his enemies, he, (under the direction  of the Authorities of the Church) took such  Steps as has secured to the church the present  Locations viz the Town plat of Nauvoo and  lands in the Iowa Territory
That in order to secure said locations  your Memorialist had to become responsible  for the payments of the same and had to use  considerable exertion in order to commence  a settlement and a place of gathering for the  Saints, but knowing that from the genius of  the constitution of the church and for the  well being of the saints that it was necessary  so that the Constituted Authorities of the  Church might assemble together to act as to  legislate for the good of the whole society and  that the saints might enjoy those priviledges which  they could not by being scattered so wide apart,  induced your Memorialist, to exert himself to  the utmost, in order to bring about an object  so necessary and so desireable to the Saints  at large
That under the then existing circum stances Your Memorialist had necessarily to  engage in the temporalities of the Church [p. [1]]
JS, memorial, Nauvoo, IL, to Nauvoo High Council, 18 June 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; 3 pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.