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New Content on the Joseph Smith Papers Website
THE JOSEPH SMITH PAPERS | DOCUMENTS | VOLUME 10 | MAY-AUGUST 1842  
The Joseph Smith Papers is pleased to announce its latest web release, which includes the division of the Legal and Business Record Series into two separate online series: Legal Records and Financial Records. The Financial Records series features Joseph Smith’s financial transactions, both personal and in various organizations and businesses, while the Legal Records series continues to focus on Joseph Smith's legal records. Documents within the Financial Records series will be published over the next few years. This release also includes the publication of more Nauvoo City Council documents, eleven history drafts, and introductions to eight legal cases from Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio.

The new Financial Records series includes documents and introductions for three financial records.
  • The Kirtland Safety Society Daybook: This daybook for the Kirtland Safety Society Bank contains entries for loans as well as for the issuing of Kirtland Safety Society notes in exchange for banknotes from other financial institutions.
  • The Rigdon, Smith & Co. Ledger: This ledger is from a store in Chester, Ohio, that was run by a mercantile company composed of Sidney Rigdon, JS, and possibly Oliver Cowdery. It includes basic accounts and reflects the store's decline in business around the time of a nationwide financial panic in 1837.
The Nauvoo City Council documents include an ordinance establishing a ferry, as well as resolutions to increase protection for Nauvoo citizens and an ordinance establishing a police force in the city after two people were kidnapped and taken to Missouri.

In the Histories series, we have added transcripts to much of the draft material for Joseph Smith’s multivolume history, including the rough draft notes for the years 1840–1842.

Our additions to the Legal Records series include introductions to six debt cases and two criminal cases. These cases feature Joseph Smith acting as defendant, witness, and justice of the peace. The following cases are included in this release:
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