Letter from Mephibosheth Sirrine, 25 May 1842
, Letter, , Wayne Co., MI, to JS, [, Hancock Co., IL], 25 May 1842. Featured version published in Times and Seasons, 1 July 1842, vol. 3, no. 17, 838–839. For more complete source information, see the source note for Letter to Isaac Galland, 22 Mar. 1839.
On 25 May 1842, member wrote from , Michigan, to JS in , Illinois, updating him on the state of the church in and around Canton and reporting on his proselytizing efforts. Sirrine had left in 1838 to preach in southeastern , where he organized a . By 1840, he was still living in Michigan with his wife, Mariah Wheeler, and three children. In 1841, Sirrine presided over a church in Michigan. As indicated in this May 1842 letter, he relocated with his family to , Illinois, sometime between June 1841 and February 1842, after which he returned to Michigan to proselytize.In the letter featured here, ’s proselytizing report focused on a public debate he had recently had with a Methodist minister. Sirrine’s letter was published in the 1 July 1842 issue of the Times and Seasons and was one of several letters reporting on missionary work that JS, during his tenure as editor, published in the church newspaper. The original letter from Sirrine is apparently not extant.