Joseph Smith in Illinois

Image of note written by Joseph Smith.
A tragic end

This note was written by the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church), Joseph Smith, during his time in Nauvoo, Illinois. Smith and his followers came to the state in 1839, where they built a temple in Nauvoo and made it the center of their burgeoning church. In this note, Smith authorizes Ebenezer Robinson, an editor who worked for the church, to print 15,000 copies of the church’s central text, the Book of Mormon. This would have been the third edition, initially published in 1840. Smith was later imprisoned in Carthage, Illinois, for allegedly inciting a riot. On June 27, 1844, a mob broke into the jail and murdered him. The Mormons eventually relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah, where they remain headquartered today.