Hancock Co Ill,
27th May 1839
We have thought well to write you by , on the subject of our purchase of lands here, in order to stir up Your pure mind to a remembrance of the situation in which we have been placed by the act of of the having appointed us a committee to transact business <here> for the Church. We have as is known to the Church in general; made purchases, And entered into contracts and promised payments of monies for all which we now stand responsible.
Now as money seems to come in too slowly in order that that we may be able to meet our obligations— we have determined to call upon the liberality of Father Biggler through the agency of , and request that he will place in his hands for us, the sum of five or six hundred dollars for which he shall have the security of the said committee, also, through the agency of , and the thanks of the Church besides.
Joseph Smith Jr
Mr John Biggler, Ill.