Agreement with Martin Harris, 16 January 1830

By August 1829, Martin Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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had pledged his farm as security to E. B. Grandin

30 Mar. 1806–16 Apr. 1845. Printer, newspaper editor and publisher, butcher, shipper, tanner. Born in Freehold, Monmouth Co., New Jersey. Son of William Grandin and Amy Lewis. Moved to Williamson, Ontario Co., New York, by 1810; to Pultneyville, Ontario Co...

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for the Book of Mormon’s publication. This agreement secured for Harris one-half of the proceeds from the Book of Mormon’s sale until he was fully reimbursed, in effect making the Smith family and Harris equal beneficiaries. This document was signed on 16 January 1830, a date that coincided with JS’s visit to New York to stop Abner Cole from publishing unauthorized excerpts from the Book of Mormon in his Palmyra

Known as Swift’s Landing and Tolland before being renamed Palmyra, 1796. Incorporated, Mar. 1827, two years after completion of adjacent Erie Canal. Population in 1820 about 3,700. Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith family lived in village briefly, beginning ...

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newspaper, The Reflector.
Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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prepared this document and witnessed it; JS signed it. The original is retained in the Simon Gratz Collection, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Gratz’s date of acquisition is unknown.