Agreement with Martin Harris, 16 January 1830

By August 1829, Martin Harris had pledged his farm as security to E. B. Grandin for the Book of Mormon’s publication. This agreement secured for Harris one-half of the proceeds from the Book of Mormon’s sale until he was fully reimbursed, in effect making the Smith family and Harris equal beneficiaries. This document was signed on 16 January 1830, a date that coincided with JS’s visit to New York to stop Abner Cole from publishing unauthorized excerpts from the Book of Mormon in his Palmyra newspaper, The Reflector.
Oliver Cowdery prepared this document and witnessed it; JS signed it. The original is retained in the Simon Gratz Collection, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Gratz’s date of acquisition is unknown.