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

for the relief which the Lord had lately sent us by opening the November 29. hearts of the brethren from the east, to loan us four hundred and thirty dollars. After commencing and rejoicing before the Lord in this occasion, we agreed to enter into the following covenant with the Lord: viz.—
Covenant of Joseph & Oliver

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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. That if the Lord will prosper us in our business, and open the way before us, that we may obtain means to pay our debts, that we be not troubled nor brought into disrepute before the world, nor his people, after that of all that he shall give us, we will give a tenth, to be bestowed upon the poor in his church, or, as he shall command; and that we will be faithful over that which he has entrusted to our care that we may obtain much; And that our children after us shall remember to observe this sacred and holy covenant; and that our children and our children’s children may know of the same, we have subscribed our names with, our own hands. (Signed) Joseph Smith Junr. A Prayer. 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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.— And now O, Father, as thou didst prosper our Father Jacob, and bless him with protection and prosperity whereever he went, from the time he made a like Covenant before and with thee; as as thou didst, even the same night, open the heavens unto him and manifest great mercy and power, and give him promises, So wilt thou do by us his sons; and as his blessings prevailed above his progenitors unto the utmost bounds of the everlasting hills, even so may our blessings prevail like his; and may thy servants be preserved from the power and influence of wicked and unrighteous men; may every weapon formed against us fall upon the head of him who shall form it; may we be blessed with a name and a place among thy Saints here, and thy sanctified when they shall rest. Amen.

30 November 1834 • Sunday

30. While reflecting upon the goodness and mercy of God, this evening, (November 30,) a prophecy was put into our hearts, that in a short time, the Lord would arrange his providences in a merciful manner, and send us assistance to deliver us from debt and bondage.

1–5 December 1834 • Monday–Thursday

December 1. Elders school, and Lectures December 1. Our school for the elders was now well attended, and, with the lectures on theology, which were regularly delivered, absorbed, for the time being, every thing else of a temporal nature, The classes, being mostly elders, gave the most studious attention to the all important object, of qualifying themselves, as messengers of Jesus Christ, to be ready to do his will, in carrying glad tidings to all that would open their eyes, ears and hearts. According to the direction of the holy Spirit, (on the evening 5. of the 5th. while assembled with Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, 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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, and 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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, conversing upon the welfare of the church,) I laid my hands on 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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, and ordained him an [p. 562]
for the relief which the Lord had lately sent us by opening the  <November 29.> hearts of the brethren from the east, to loan us four hundred  and thirty dollars. After commencing and rejoicing  before the Lord in this occasion, we agreed to enter into  the following covenant with the Lord: viz.—
<Covenant of  Joseph & Oliver

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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.> That if the  Lord will prosper us in our business, and open the way before  us, that we may obtain means to pay our debts, that we be  not troubled nor brought into disrepute before the world,  nor his people, after that of all that he shall give us, we will  give a tenth, to be bestowed upon the poor in his church,  or, as he shall command; and that we will be faithful  over that which he has committed entrusted to our care  that we may obtain much; And that our children  after us shall remember to observe this sacred and holy  covenant; and that our children and our children’s chil dren may know of the same, we have subscribed our  names with, our own hands. (Signed) Joseph Smith Junr.  <A Prayer.> 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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.— And now O, Father, as thou didst  prosper our Father Jacob, and bless him with protection and  prosperity whereever he went, from the time he made a like  Covenant before and with thee; as as thou didst, even the  same night, open the heavens unto him and manifest  great mercy and power, and give him promises, So  wilt thou do by us his sons; and as his blessings prevailed  above his progenitors unto the utmost bounds of the  everlasting hills, even so may our blessings prevail like  his; and may thy servants be preserved from the power  and influence of wicked and unrighteous men; may  every weapon formed against us fall upon the head of  him who shall form it; may we be blessed with a name  and a place among thy Saints here, and thy sanctified  when they shall rest. Amen.

30 November 1834 • Sunday

<30.> While reflecting upon the goodness and mercy of God, this even ing, (November 30,) a prophecy was put into our hearts, that  in a short time, the Lord would arrange his providences in  a merciful manner, and send us assistance to deliver  us from debt and bondage.

1–5 December 1834 • Monday–Thursday

<December 1.  Elders school,  and Lectures> December 1. Our school for the elders was now well attended,  and, with the lectures on theology, which were regularly delivered,  absorbed, for the time being, every thing <else> of a temporal nature,  The classes, being mostly elders, gave the most studious attention  to the all important object, of qualifying themselves, as mes sengers of Jesus Christ, to be ready to do his will, on in carrying  glad tidings to all that would open their eyes, ears and  hearts. According to the direction of the holy Spirit, (on the evening  <5.> of the 5th. as while assembled with Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, 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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,  and 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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, conversing upon the welfare of the church,) I  laid my hands on 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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, and ordained him an [p. 562]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. B-1, created 1 Oct. 1843–24 Feb. 1845; handwriting of 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; 297 pages, plus 10 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the second volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This second volume covers the period from 1 September 1834 to 2 November 1838; the subsequent four volumes, labeled C-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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