1860 March 30 Letter to John S. Fullmer


1860 March 30 Letter to John S. Fullmer


Brigham clarifies the details of a financial account and the leniency given. He reminds Fullmer that no one is paid for church service except clerks.




Brigham Young


John S. Fullmer


1860 March 30


Great Salt Lake City
Spanish Fork, U. T.


Financial Matters
Church Leadership

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G.S.L. City, March, 30, 1860.

Elder John S. Fullmer
Spanish Fork, U.T.,

Dear Brother:-Your letter of the 24th inst. is at hand, in which I perceive that for some reason you have mistaken the character of your indebtedness in the hands of br. Maiben. That you may clearly understand the particulars of that indebtedness, I have caused a detailed a/c to be drawn from the books, and herewith inclose it for your inspection, from which you will see that it does not go back to Nauvoo. Br. Maiben is authorized to collect for us such accounts as we choose to place in his hands, but he is not instructed to urge payment to an extent that would unwarrantably oppress any one struggling to do the best in his power.

You will see at a glance, from the dates of your a/c, that the Church in your case, as in all others, has been extremely lenient; and it could not know, without being informed, but what you was able and ready to pay your indebtedness. And still there is no disposition to unduly crowd any one, but often we can but think that a little more exertion, economy, and promptness on the part of very many would be highly commendable, and tend much to advance the cause in which we all are, or should be, engaged.

As to men who labor for the Church being "amply remunerated," I do not know of any who receive pay, except clerks who are constantly employed. and if we see fit to allow good clerks, <or others> constantly employed, a $1000 a year, do you not think that you used as much as a $1000 a year while doing business for the Church in Nauvoo?

In relation to Nauvoo affairs, my opinion is that you, like the rest of us, had better let them rest.

Your Brother in the Gospel,

Brigham Young