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Letter to Hyrum Smith, 5 December 1839

in electing John Q. Adams

11 July 1767–23 Feb. 1848. Lawyer, diplomat, politician. Born in Braintree (later in Quincy), Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Son of John Adams and Abigail Smith. Lived alternately in Braintree and Boston, from 1772. Studied law at Harvard University. Married...

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to their chair protem; but whether they will get their speaker and clerk chosen is yet unknown, as there is a great deal of wind blown off on the occasion each day— There is such an itching disposition to display their oratory on the most trivial occasions and so much etiquett, bowing and scraping, twisting and turning to, make a display of their witticism that it seems to us rather a display of folly and show more than substance & gravity, such as becomes a great nation like ours. (however there are some exceptions) A warm feeling has been manifested in the discussion of the house to day, and it seems as much confusion as though the nation had already began to be vexed— We came with one of the Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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members from Wheeling to this place, who was drunk but once and that however was most of the time; there was but one day but what he could navigate and that day he was keeld. over so he could eat no dinner— The horses ran away with the stage, they ran about 3 miles; several pasengers jumped out and were hurt, bro.r Jos. clum out of the stage— got the lines and stopped the horses, and also saved the life of a lady & child. He was highly commended by the whole company for his great exertions and presence of mind through the whole affair.— E. Higbee

23 Oct. 1795–8 June 1843. Clerk, judge, surveyor. Born at Galloway, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. Son of Isaac Higbee and Sophia Somers. Moved to Clermont Co., Ohio, 1803. Married Sarah Elizabeth Ward, 10 Sept. 1818, in Tate Township, Clermont Co. Lived at ...

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jumped out of the stage at a favourable moment, just before they stoped with a view to assist in stoping them and was but slightly injured— We were not known to the stage company until after our arrival, In our interview with the President, He interogated us wherein we differed in our religion from the other religions of the day. Bro, Joseph said we differed in mode of baptism

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost; ordain to an office or calling; or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

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— We considered that all other considerations were contained in the gift of the Holy Ghost

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were given at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March 1831...

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, and we deemed it unnecessary to make many words in preaching the Gospel to him— Suffice it to say he has got our testimony— We watch the Post Office like a Turkey Buzzard watches for carcase, but have recd no letters from our sections of the Country— Write instantly
Yours with respect
J. S Jr.
E H

23 Oct. 1795–8 June 1843. Clerk, judge, surveyor. Born at Galloway, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. Son of Isaac Higbee and Sophia Somers. Moved to Clermont Co., Ohio, 1803. Married Sarah Elizabeth Ward, 10 Sept. 1818, in Tate Township, Clermont Co. Lived at ...

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in electing John Q. Adams

11 July 1767–23 Feb. 1848. Lawyer, diplomat, politician. Born in Braintree (later in Quincy), Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Son of John Adams and Abigail Smith. Lived alternately in Braintree and Boston, from 1772. Studied law at Harvard University. Married...

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to their chair protem; but  whether they will get their speaker and clerk chosen  is yet unknown, as there is a great deal of wind  blown off on the occasion each day— There is such an  itching disposition to display their oratory on the  most trivial occasions and so much etiquett, bowing  and scraping, twisting and turning to, make a display  of their witticism that it seems to us rather a display  of folly and show more than substance & gravity,  such as becomes a great nation like ours. (however there  are some exceptions) A warm feeling has been manifested  in the discussion of the house to day, and it seems  as much confusion as though the nation had already  began to be vexed— We came with one of the Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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members  from Wheeling to this place, who was drunk but once and  that however was <most of> all the time; there was but one day but  what he could navigate and that day he was keeld. over  so he could eat no dinner— The horses ran away with  the stage, they ran about 3 miles; several pasengers  jumped out and were hurt, bro.r Jos. clum out of the  stage— got the lines and stop[p]ed the horses, and also  saved the life of a lady & child. He was highly comme nded by the whole company for his great exertions and  presence of mind through the whole affair.— E. Higbee

23 Oct. 1795–8 June 1843. Clerk, judge, surveyor. Born at Galloway, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. Son of Isaac Higbee and Sophia Somers. Moved to Clermont Co., Ohio, 1803. Married Sarah Elizabeth Ward, 10 Sept. 1818, in Tate Township, Clermont Co. Lived at ...

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 jumped out of the stage at a favourable moment, just  before they stoped with a view to assist in stoping them  and was but slightly injured— We were not known  to the stage company until after our arrival, In our  interview with the President, He interogated us wherein  we differed in our religion from the other religions of the  day. Bro, Joseph said we differed in mode of baptism

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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 and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of  hands

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost; ordain to an office or calling; or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

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— We considered that all other considerations  were contained in the gift of the Holy Ghost

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were given at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March 1831...

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, and  we deemed it unnecessary to make many words in  preaching the Gospel to him— Suffice it to say he  has got our testimony— We watch the Post Office  like a Turkey Buzzard <watches for> carcase, but have recd no letters  from our sections of the Country— Write instantly
Yours with respect
J. S Jr.
E H

23 Oct. 1795–8 June 1843. Clerk, judge, surveyor. Born at Galloway, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. Son of Isaac Higbee and Sophia Somers. Moved to Clermont Co., Ohio, 1803. Married Sarah Elizabeth Ward, 10 Sept. 1818, in Tate Township, Clermont Co. Lived at ...

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JS and Elias Higbee

23 Oct. 1795–8 June 1843. Clerk, judge, surveyor. Born at Galloway, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. Son of Isaac Higbee and Sophia Somers. Moved to Clermont Co., Ohio, 1803. Married Sarah Elizabeth Ward, 10 Sept. 1818, in Tate Township, Clermont Co. Lived at ...

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, letter, Washington DC

Created as district for seat of U.S. federal government by act of Congress, 1790, and named Washington DC, 1791. Named in honor of George Washington. Headquarters of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of U.S. government relocated to Washington ...

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, to Hyrum Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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, Commerce

Located near middle of western boundary of state, bordering Mississippi River. European Americans settled area, 1820s. From bank of river, several feet above high-water mark, ground described as nearly level for six or seven blocks before gradually sloping...

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, IL, 5 Dec. 1839; handwriting of Howard Coray

6 May 1817–16 Jan. 1908. Bookkeeper, clerk, teacher, farmer. Born in Dansville, Steuben Co., New York. Son of Silas Coray and Mary Stephens. Moved to Providence, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, ca. 1827; to Williams, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830; and...

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; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 85–88; JS Collection, CHL.

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