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History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

of Your Brother
Joseph Smith Jun.
December 18 To William Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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19 December 1835 • Saturday

19. Saturday morning 19th. At home. Sent the above letter to Bro Wm. Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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. I have had many solemn feelings this day concerning my brother William

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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, and have prayed in my heart fervently, that the Lord will not cast him off, but that he may return to the God of Jacob, and magnify his apostleship and calling: May this be his happy lot for the Lord of Glory’s sake. Amen.

20 December 1835 • Sunday

Sunday 20 Sunday 20th. At home all day: took solid comfort with my family: had many serious reflections. Brothers Palmer and [Jonathan] Taylor

6 June 1793–after June 1846. Born at Burlington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Eliza Taylor. Lived at Norton, Medina Co., Ohio, by Aug. 1820. Married first Lydia Azula Taylor, 12 June 1828, in Medina Co. Visited by JS at his home at Norton, 1834. Baptized...

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called to see me. I showed them the sacred records to their joy and satisfaction. O may God have mercy upon these men, and keep them in the way of everlasting life, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

21 December 1835 • Monday

21. Monday 21st. Spent this day at home in endeavoring to treasure up knowledge for the benefit of my calling. The day passed off very pleasantly. I thank the Lord for his blessings to my soul, his great mercy over my family in sparing our lives. O continue thy care over me and mine for Christ’s sake.

22 December 1835 • Tuesday

22 Tuesday 22 at home. Continued my studies. O may God give me learning even language: and endue me with qualifications to magnify his name while I live. I also delivered an address to the Church this evening. The Lord blessed my soul. My scribe

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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is unwell. O my God heal him; and for his kindness to me. O my soul be thou grateful to him, and bless him. and he shall be blessed of God forever. for I believe him to be a faithful friend to me therefore my soul delighteth in him. Amen. Joseph Smith Jr.

23 December 1835 • Wednesday

23 Wednesday 23d. In the forenoon at home studying the Greek Language, and also waited upon the brethren who came in, and exhibited to them the papyrus. Afternoon visited brother Leonard Rich

1800–1868. Farmer. Born in New York. Married first Keziah. Lived at Warsaw, Genesee Co., New York, 1830. Participated in Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri, 1834. Served as a president of First Quorum of the Seventy, 1835–1837. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga...

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with the relations of brother 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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. Had not a very agreeable visit for I found them filled with prejudice against the work of the Lord, and their minds blinded with superstition, Ignorance &c.

24 December 1835 • Thursday

24. Thursday 24th. The forenoon, at home. In the afternoon I assisted the commissioner appointed by the court. in surveying a road across my farm.

25 December 1835 • Friday

25. Friday 25th. Enjoyed myself at home with my family all day it being Christmas, the only time I have had this privilege so satisfactorily for a long period. Bro. Johnathan [Jonathan] Crosby

20 July 1807–12 June 1892. Farmer, carpenter, cabinetmaker. Born at Wendell, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Son of Jonathan Crosby and Lois Barnes. Baptized into LDS church, 2 Dec. 1833. Married Caroline Barnes, 25 Oct. 1834, in Canada. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga...

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, called this eve.

26 December 1835 • Saturday

26 Saturday 26th. commenced studying the Hebrew Language in company with bros. [Warren] Parrish

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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and [Frederick G.] Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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. In the mean time bro Lyman Sherman

22 May 1804–ca. 15 Feb. 1839. Born at Monkton, Addison Co., Vermont. Son of Elkanah Sherman and Asenath Hurlbut. Married Delcena Didamia Johnson, 16 Jan. 1829, at Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, Jan. 1832. Located at Kirtland,...

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came in, and requested to have the word of the Lord through me for, said he, “I have been wrought upon to make known to you my feelings and desires, and was promised that I should have a revelation, which should make Revelation to Lyman Sherman

22 May 1804–ca. 15 Feb. 1839. Born at Monkton, Addison Co., Vermont. Son of Elkanah Sherman and Asenath Hurlbut. Married Delcena Didamia Johnson, 16 Jan. 1829, at Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, Jan. 1832. Located at Kirtland,...

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. known my duty.” Revelation Given to Lyman Sherman

22 May 1804–ca. 15 Feb. 1839. Born at Monkton, Addison Co., Vermont. Son of Elkanah Sherman and Asenath Hurlbut. Married Delcena Didamia Johnson, 16 Jan. 1829, at Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, Jan. 1832. Located at Kirtland,...

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Dec 26th 1835.
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Lyman

22 May 1804–ca. 15 Feb. 1839. Born at Monkton, Addison Co., Vermont. Son of Elkanah Sherman and Asenath Hurlbut. Married Delcena Didamia Johnson, 16 Jan. 1829, at Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, Jan. 1832. Located at Kirtland,...

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of Your Brother
Joseph Smith Jun.
<December 18> To William Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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19 December 1835 • Saturday

<19.> Saturday morning 19th. At home. Sent the above letter to Bro Wm.  Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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. I have had many solemn feelings this day concerning  my brother William

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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, and have prayed in my heart fervently, that  the Lord will not cast him off, but that he may return to the  God of Jacob, and magnify his apostleship and calling: May  this be his happy lot for the Lord of Glory’s sake. Amen.

20 December 1835 • Sunday

<Sunday 20> Sunday 20th. At home all day: took solid comfort with my family:  had many serious reflections. Brothers Palmer and [Jonathan] Taylor

6 June 1793–after June 1846. Born at Burlington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Eliza Taylor. Lived at Norton, Medina Co., Ohio, by Aug. 1820. Married first Lydia Azula Taylor, 12 June 1828, in Medina Co. Visited by JS at his home at Norton, 1834. Baptized...

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called  to see me. I showed them the sacred records to their joy and  satisfaction. O may God have mercy upon these men, and  keep them in the way of everlasting life, in the name of  Jesus. Amen.

21 December 1835 • Monday

<21.> Monday 21st. Spent this day at home in endeavoring to treasure  up knowledge for the benefit of my calling. The day passed off  very pleasantly. I thank the Lord for his blessings to my soul, his  great mercy of over my family in sparing our lives. O continue  thy care over me and mine for Christ’s sake.

22 December 1835 • Tuesday

<22> Tuesday 22 at home. Continued my studies. O may God give  me learning even language: and endue me with qualifications  to magnify his name while I live. I also delivered an address to  the Church this evening. The Lord blessed my soul. My scribe

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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is  unwell. O my God heal him; and for his kindness to me. O my  soul be thou grateful to him, and bless him. and he shall be  blessed of God forever. for I believe him to be a faithful friend  to me therefore my soul delighteth in him. Amen. Joseph Smith Jr.

23 December 1835 • Wednesday

<23> Wednesday 23d. In the forenoon at home studying the Greek  Language, and also waited upon the brethren who came in,  and exhibited to them the papyrus. Afternoon visited brother  Leonard Rich

1800–1868. Farmer. Born in New York. Married first Keziah. Lived at Warsaw, Genesee Co., New York, 1830. Participated in Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri, 1834. Served as a president of First Quorum of the Seventy, 1835–1837. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga...

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with the relations of brother 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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. Had not  a very agreeable visit for I found them filled with prejudice against  the work of the Lord, and their minds blinded with superstition,  Ignorance &c.

24 December 1835 • Thursday

<24.> Thursday 24th. The forenoon, at home. In the afternoon I  assisted the commissioner appointed by the court. in surveying  a road across my farm.

25 December 1835 • Friday

<25.> Friday 25th. Enjoyed myself at home with my family all  day it being Christmas, the only time I have had this privilege  so satisfactorily for a long period. Bro. Johnathan [Jonathan] Crosby

20 July 1807–12 June 1892. Farmer, carpenter, cabinetmaker. Born at Wendell, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Son of Jonathan Crosby and Lois Barnes. Baptized into LDS church, 2 Dec. 1833. Married Caroline Barnes, 25 Oct. 1834, in Canada. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga...

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, called this eve.

26 December 1835 • Saturday

<26> Saturday 26th. commenced studying the Hebrew Language in  company with bros. [Warren] Parrish

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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and [Frederick G.] Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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. In the mean time  bro Lyman Sherman

22 May 1804–ca. 15 Feb. 1839. Born at Monkton, Addison Co., Vermont. Son of Elkanah Sherman and Asenath Hurlbut. Married Delcena Didamia Johnson, 16 Jan. 1829, at Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, Jan. 1832. Located at Kirtland,...

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came in, and requested to have the word  of the Lord through me for, said he, “I have been wrought upon  to make known to you my feelings and desires, and was prom ised that I should have a revelation, which should make  <Revelation to  Lyman Sherman

22 May 1804–ca. 15 Feb. 1839. Born at Monkton, Addison Co., Vermont. Son of Elkanah Sherman and Asenath Hurlbut. Married Delcena Didamia Johnson, 16 Jan. 1829, at Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, Jan. 1832. Located at Kirtland,...

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.> known my duty.” Revelation Given to Lyman Sherman

22 May 1804–ca. 15 Feb. 1839. Born at Monkton, Addison Co., Vermont. Son of Elkanah Sherman and Asenath Hurlbut. Married Delcena Didamia Johnson, 16 Jan. 1829, at Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, Jan. 1832. Located at Kirtland,...

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Dec 26th 1835.
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Lyman

22 May 1804–ca. 15 Feb. 1839. Born at Monkton, Addison Co., Vermont. Son of Elkanah Sherman and Asenath Hurlbut. Married Delcena Didamia Johnson, 16 Jan. 1829, at Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, Jan. 1832. Located at Kirtland,...

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This document, volume B-1, is the second of the six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church.” The collection was compiled over the span of seventeen years, 1838 to 1856. The narrative in volume B-1 begins with the entry for 1 September 1834, just after the conclusion of the Camp of Israel (later called Zion’s Camp), and continues to 2 November 1838, when JS was interned as a prisoner of war at Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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, Missouri. For a fuller discussion of the entire six-volume work, see the general introduction to the history.
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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, serving as JS’s “private secretary and historian,” completed the account of JS’s history contained in volume A-1 in August 1843. It covered the period from JS’s birth in 1805 through the aftermath of the Camp of Israel in August 1834. When work resumed on the history on 1 October 1843, Richards started a new volume, eventually designated B-1.
At the time of JS’s death in June 1844, the account had been advanced to 5 August 1838, on page 812 of volume B-1. 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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’s poor health led to the curtailment of work on B-1 for several months, until 11 December 1844. On that date, Richards and 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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, assisted by Thomas Bullock, resumed gathering the records and reports needed to draft the history. Richards then composed and drafted roughed-out notes while Thomas Bullock compiled the text of the history and inscribed it in B-1. They completed their work on the volume on or about 24 February 1845. Richards, Willmer Benson, and Jonathan Grimshaw later added ten pages of “Addenda,” which provided notes, extensive revisions, or additional text to be inserted in the original manuscript where indicated.
Though JS did not dictate or revise any of the text recorded in B-1, 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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and Thomas Bullock chose to maintain the first-person, chronological narrative format established in A-1 as if JS were the author. They drew from a variety of primary and secondary sources including JS’s diaries and letters, minutes of meetings, the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, church and other periodicals, reports of JS’s discourses, and the reminiscences and recollections of church members. As was the case with A-1, after JS’s death, Brigham Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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, Heber C. Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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, George A. Smith

26 June 1817–1 Sept. 1875. Born at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. Son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman. Baptized into LDS church by Joseph H. Wakefield, 10 Sept. 1832, at Potsdam. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Labored on Kirtland temple...

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, and others modified and corrected the manuscript as they reviewed material before its eventual publication.
Beginning in March 1842 the church’s Nauvoo periodical, the Times and Seasons, began publishing the narrative as the “History of Joseph Smith.” It was also published in England in the church periodical the Millennial Star beginning in June 1842. Once a press was established in Utah and the Deseret News began publication, the “History of Joseph Smith” once more appeared in print in serialized form. Beginning with the November 1851 issue, the narrative picked up where the Times and Seasons had left off over five years earlier.
The narrative recorded in B-1 continued the story of JS’s life as the prophet and president of the church he labored to establish. The account encompasses significant developments in the church’s two centers at that time—Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio, and northwest 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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—during a four-year-span. Critical events included the organization of the Quorums of the Twelve Apostles and the Seventy, the dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio, the establishment of the Kirtland Safety Society, dissension and apostasy in Kirtland and Missouri, the first mission to England, JS’s flight from Kirtland to Missouri in the winter of 1838, the Saints’ exodus from Kirtland later that year, the disciplining of the Missouri presidency, and the outbreak of the Missouri War and arrest of JS. Thus, B-1 provides substantial detail regarding a significant period of church expansion and transition as well as travail.

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