Joseph Smith writes to Edward [Partridge] and William [W. Phelps], we have run into debt for the press," and that they "have received but very few dollars for the Star and printing" (Joseph Smith to Edward, William and others of the firm, 30 Mar. 1834, CA). The business continued to struggle throughout 1834-35. Samuel H. Smith and David Whitmer were appointed agents for the Literary Firm in September 1835, and their collection of subscriptions help stave off collapse of the enterprise at that time.
[Lisle G Brown, "Chronology of the Literary Firm"]