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Letterbook 2

JS to Newel K. Whitney • 24 May 1839

Commerce Ill, 24th May 1839
Dear Sir
This is to inform you that Elder Grainger has succeeded  in obtaining the house which he had in contemplation when he left here, and as we feel  very anxious to have the society of Bishop [Newel K.] Whitney and his family here, we hope that  he will [make?] every exertion consistent with his own business and convenience to come up  to us here at Commerce as soon as possibly in his power.
Joseph Smith Jr

JS and Vinson Knight to John Bigler • 27 May 1839

Commerce Hancock Co Ill, 27th May 1839
Father Biggler [John Bigler]
Dear Sir
We have thought well to write you  by Brother Markam [Stephen Markham], 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 councils of the Church 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 Br Markam, 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 Br Markham, and the thanks of the Church besides.
Joseph Smith Jr
Mr John Biggler, Quincy Ill.

JS to Lyman Wight • 27 May 1839

Commerce Ill, 27th May 1839
Dear Sir
Having last week received a letter from Br. R[obert] B. Thompson  concerning your late writings in the Quincy whig, and understanding thereby that  the church in general at Quincy were rather uneasy concerning these matters  we have thought best to consider the matter of course, and accordingly being in  council on Saturday last, the subject was introduced, and discussed at some  length, when an answer to Br Thompson’s letter was agreed to, and sanctioned  by the Council, which answer I expect will be published, and of course you  will have an opportunity to see it. It will be seen by that letter that we do not [p. 13]
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Letterbook 2, [1839–ca. summer 1843]; handwriting of Howard Coray, James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, Willard Richards, John Fullmer, William Clayton, and George Walker; 238 leaves, 245 pages of letters, plus 26 pages of index and 83 pages of company records for Rigdon, Smith, & Co.; JS Collection, CHL.
Note: This book was originally used as a ledger, then turned over and repurposed as a letterbook. The ledger portion will be posted on this website at a later date.

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