Letter to Emma Smith, 13 October 1832

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In fall 1832, Bishop Newel K. Whitney operated a store in Kirtland, Ohio, for the church’s United Firm. JS accompanied him on a trip to New York City to purchase merchandise for the store. Whitney may also have traveled to New York to negotiate a $15,000 loan he had been commissioned to secure on behalf of the church.
The letter reveals something of JS’s mixture of awe and repugnance at his first encounter with New York City. The “Pearl Street House” in which JS and Whitney boarded was located only a few minutes’ walk from Five Points, a notorious slum district. While in New York City, JS wrote this letter to his wife, Emma, at Kirtland, Ohio. It is retained in the collection of the Community of Christ Library in Independence, Missouri.