New York State receipt forms

New York State receipt forms

Dates: 1830-1837

Collection of 39 partly-printed New York State receipt forms, accomplished in manuscript, to verify payment of laborers and suppliers contracted to repair the Erie Canal in or near Palmyra. Each receipt is signed by the person who was paid (each by a different man). Each form itemizes the work or products supplied by the payee, with a total, plus the place (Palmyra, New York) and the date (January-February, 1830). Each 4 by 7.5 inches. Also, a receipt, signed by one "J. Smith" in Montezuma, N. Y., 1830, and 4 similar receipts from other N. Y. State towns, 1837.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)
  • Creator: New York (State)
  • Call Number: MSS 4147
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from New York State receipt forms must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4147; New York State receipt forms; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4147, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These items were donated to Special Collections in 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donation; Rick Grunder; 1989.
Related Material
These items are part of the 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana Archives.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--19th century; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844--Sources; Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Economics and Banking; Mormon Church--History--19th century; Palmyra (N.Y.)--History--Sources
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
New York State receipt forms
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Benjamin Sipes
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-05T04:21-0700
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical sketch

At least seven of the signers who were paid here may be found in Thomas L. Cook's Palmyra and Vicinity as prominent citizens (Palmyra, 1930; see index). Some also appear in Backman, The First Vision (SLC, 1980). Of one of these, for example who tried to help Martin Harris borrow money to print the Book of Mormon, we obtain some interesting background in Backman's work, pp. 30, 37 (regarding Henry Jessup). Other representative names include Milo Galloway, Luther Reeves, Zebulon Reeves, Thomas Rogers, George Moore, Jonathan Dart, Alonson Sherman, etc. In addition, a number of workers appear here who were probably ordinary citizens and would not have made it into the historical works. However, in several instances, their unusual surnames coincide with known Palmyra residents of the time. The itemizations of goods and serviced here paid for are often quite interesting, and offer a rare insight into daily life of laborers in Palmyra precisely when the Book of Mormon was being printed. It was the canal on which they were working, of course, which made Palmyra the important little town it was.

comments powered by Disqus

Site Navigation

Search this Collection

Collection Arrangement

Yellow highlight indicates current location in collection description

Print View

Help with this Collection

Ask us a Question

Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts