Letter to Edward Partridge, 2 May 1833

This letter from JS introduced an important adjustment to how the law of consecration was to be implemented among the Missouri members. The initial arrangement had been called into question on legal grounds related to personal property rights. This communication specified a distinction between what might be retained by the church as a donation and what should be considered individual property. The church’s bishop in Missouri, Edward Partridge, was counseled to draft future deeds to reflect this revised interpretation.
JS sent this communication from Kirtland, Ohio, to Partridge in Independence, Missouri. The original has not been located. Partridge made a copy on the back of a printed form used as a stewardship deed, perhaps as early as June 1833.