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History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

month. I myself and br. Ziba Peterson

Ca. 1810–1849. Teacher, farmer, law officer. Born in New York. Lived in Macedon, Wayne Co., New York, ca. 1830. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder, by 9 June 1830. Served mission to Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1831. Stripped of office of elder, Aug. ...

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went into the county east, which is Lafayette

Located south of Missouri River in west-central part of state. Settled by 1816. Name changed from Lillard Co. to Lafayette Co., 1825, to honor the Marquis de Lafayette. County seat, Lexington. Jackson Co. created from western part of Lafayette Co., 1825. ...

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and is about 40 miles; And in the name of Jesus we called on the people to repent, many of whom are, I believe, earnestly searching for truth, and if sincerely, I pray they may find that precious treasure,— for it seems to be wholly fallen in the streets so that equity, not enter.
The Letter we received from you informed us that the opposition was great against you; now our beloved brethren we verily believe that we also can rejoice that we are counted worthy to suffer shame for his name, for almost the whole country, which consists of universalists, Atheists, Deists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, and professed Christian priests, and people, with all the devils from the infernal pit, are united, and foaming out their own shame; God forbid that I should bring a railing accusation against them, for vengeance belongeth to him who is able to repay: and herein, brethren, we confide.
I am informed of an other tribe of Lamanites

A name used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, one of the sons of Lehi. The Book of Mormon explained that Lehi and his Israelite family migrated from Jerusalem to America around 600 BC. After Lehi’s death, his family ...

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, lately, who have abundance of flocks of the best kind of sheep and cattle, and they manufacture blankets of superior quality. The tribe is very numerous; they live three hundred miles west of Santa Fe, and are called Navashoes; Why I mention this tribe is, because I feel under obligations to communicate to my brethren every information concerning the Lamanites, that I meet with in my labors and travels, believing as I do that much is expected from me, in the cause of our Lord; and doubting not but I am daily remembered before the throne of the most High; by all of my brethren, as well those who have not seen my face in the flesh, as those who have.
We begin to expect our brother [Parley P.] Pratt soon; we have heard from him only when he was at St. Louis

Located on west side of Mississippi River about fifteen miles south of confluence with Missouri River. Founded as fur-trading post by French settlers, 1764. Incorporated as town, 1809. First Mississippi steamboat docked by town, 1817. Incorporated as fourth...

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. We are all well, (bless the Lord!) and preach the gospel we will, if earth and hell opposed our way, and we dwell in the midst of scorpions: for in Jesus we trust: grace be with you all. Amen.
P.S. I beseech br. [Newel K.] Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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to remember and write, and direct to me,— Independence

Located twelve miles from western Missouri border. Permanently settled, platted, and designated county seat, 1827. Hub for steamboat travel on Missouri River. Point of departure for Santa Fe Trail. Population in 1831 about 300. Mormon population by summer...

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, Jackson Co. Missouri
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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month. I <myse[l]f> and br. Ziba <Peterson>

Ca. 1810–1849. Teacher, farmer, law officer. Born in New York. Lived in Macedon, Wayne Co., New York, ca. 1830. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder, by 9 June 1830. Served mission to Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1831. Stripped of office of elder, Aug. ...

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went into the county east, which is  L[af]ayette

Located south of Missouri River in west-central part of state. Settled by 1816. Name changed from Lillard Co. to Lafayette Co., 1825, to honor the Marquis de Lafayette. County seat, Lexington. Jackson Co. created from western part of Lafayette Co., 1825. ...

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and is about 40 miles; And in the name of Jesus we  called on the people to repent, many of whom are, I believe,  earnestly searching for truth, and if sincerely, I pray they  may find that precious treasure,— for it seems to be wholly  fallen in the streets <so> that equity, <cannot enter.>
The Letter we received from you informed us that the op position was great against you; now our beloved brethren  we verily believe that we also can rejoice that we are counted  worthy to suffer shame for his name, for almost the whole  country, which consists of universalists, Atheists, Deists, Pres byterians, Methodists, Baptists, and professed Christian priests,  and people, with all the devils from the infernal pit, are uni ted, and foaming out their own shame; God forbid that  I should bring a railing accusation against them, for venge ance belongeth to him who is able to repay: and herein, breth ren, we confide.
I am informed of an other tribe of Lamanites

A name used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, one of the sons of Lehi. The Book of Mormon explained that Lehi and his Israelite family migrated from Jerusalem to America around 600 BC. After Lehi’s death, his family ...

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, lately, who  have abundance of flocks of the best kind of sheep and cattle,  and they manufacture blankets of superior quality. The  tribe is very numerous; they live three hundred miles  west of Santa Fe, and are called Navashoes; Why  I mention this tribe is, because I feel under obligations  to communicate to my brethren every information concerning  the Lamanites, that I meet with in <my> labors and travels, believing  as I do that much is expected from me, in the cause of  our Lord; and doubting not but I am daily remembered  before the throne of the most High; by all of my brethren,  as well those who have not seen my face in the flesh, as  those who have.
We begin to expect our brother [Parley P.] Pratt soon; we have heard  from him only when he was at St. Louis

Located on west side of Mississippi River about fifteen miles south of confluence with Missouri River. Founded as fur-trading post by French settlers, 1764. Incorporated as town, 1809. First Mississippi steamboat docked by town, 1817. Incorporated as fourth...

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. We are all well,  (bless the Lord!) and preach the gospel we will, if earth and  hell opposed our way, and we dwell in the midst of  scorpions: for in Jesus we trust: grace be with you  all. Amen.
P.S. I beseech br. [Newel K.] Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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to remember to and write, and direct  to me,— Independence

Located twelve miles from western Missouri border. Permanently settled, platted, and designated county seat, 1827. Hub for steamboat travel on Missouri River. Point of departure for Santa Fe Trail. Population in 1831 about 300. Mormon population by summer...

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, Jackson Co. Missouri
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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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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, Robert B. Thompson

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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, William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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, and Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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