Papers, consisting of correspondence, file documents, and financial records, related to Joseph Smith as handled by his clerks, agents, and others. Many of the documents are directly associated with papers available in the Joseph Smith collection (MS 155).
Correspondence consists of letters addressed to clerks and agents and letters forwarded to Joseph Smith from other recipients. Includes letters addressed to Hyrum Smith, George Miller, William Law, Lyman Wight, William Smith, Newel K. Whitney, W. W. Phelps, and William Clayton (for letters directed to or answered by Willard Richards as Joseph Smith's private secretary, see MS 1490). Includes letters from Stephen A. Douglas, Iowa governor John Chambers, Illinois governor Thomas Ford, Missouri sheriff Joseph H. Reynolds, Horace R. Hotchkiss, John Whitmer, Wilford Woodruff, Erastus Snow, William G. Goforth, and David S. Hollister.
File documents include copies of court records relating to cases involving Joseph Smith, including on habeas corpus; memorials relating to redress against Missouri; affidavits relating to mob activity; copies of Joseph Smith's orders and proclamations as Nauvoo mayor; and sundry minutes and memoranda, mostly by Willard Richards. A number of the documents are copies made for newspaper publication (Nauvoo Neighbor).
Financial records include orders, receipts, and bills. A number of invoices are for purchases by the Kirtland firms of Cahoon, Carter & Co., Rigdon, Smith & Cowdery, and H. Smith & Co. for goods purchased in 1836 from Buffalo and New York City merchants. Other records relate to land transactions, particularly as handled by William Marks, Edward Partridge, Oliver Granger, Vinson Knight, and Henry G. Sherwood. Some records relate to the Kirtland Safety Society.
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