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History, circa 1841, fair copy

baptism and ordination a secret owing to a spirit of persecution already to prevalent in the neighborhood Mobs had threatened us from time to time composed too, of professors of Religion from which we were only preserved under divine providence by the influence of my father in law

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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and family who had now become very friendly and were anxious that I should continue the work of translation without interruption and were determined to protect us. After a few days feeling it our duty we began to reason out of the scriptures with our acquaintances and friends in accordance with our holy calling. About this time my brother Samuel H Smith

13 Mar. 1808–30 July 1844. Farmer, logger, scribe, builder, tavern operator. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811...

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visited us We informed him of what the Lord was about to do for the children of Men and reasoned with him, laboring to convince him of the truth of the Gospel now about to be revealed in its fulness appealing to the Holy Bible for the truth of the doctrines we advanced. Not being very easily convinced of these things he retired to the woods that by secret and fervent prayer he might obtain wisdom of a benevolent God that he might judge for himself The result was that he became convinced, by revelation, of the truth of the doctrines we presented to him In accordance with the commands of the Gospel he was babtized by O Cowdry

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 returned home greatly blessed praising God and being filled with the Holy Ghost Shortly after my brother 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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came enquiring after these things At his earnest request I enquired of the Lord for him through the Urim and Thummin and recieved for him the following Revelation [p. 36]
baptism and ordination a secret owing to a  persecution spirit of persecution already to preva lent in the neighborhood Mobs had threatened  us from time to time composed too, of professors  of Religion from which we were only preserved under  divine providence by the influence of my father in  law

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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and family who had now become very friendly  and <were> anxious that I should continue the work of trans lation without interruption and were determined to  protect us. After a few days feeling it our duty  we began to reason out of the scriptures with our  acquaintances and friends in accordance with our  holy calling. About this time my brother Samuel  H Smith

13 Mar. 1808–30 July 1844. Farmer, logger, scribe, builder, tavern operator. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811...

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visited us We informed him of what  the Lord was about to do for the children of Men  and reasoned with him, laboring to convince him  of the truth of the Gospel now about to be revealed  in its fulness appealing to <the> Holy Bible for the  truth of the doctrines we advanced. Not being very  easily convinced of these these things he retired to the  woods that by secret and fervent prayer he might  obtain <wisdom> of a benevolent God that he might judge  for himself The result was that he became con vinced, by revelation, of the truth of the doctrines we  presented to him In accordance with the commands  of the Gospel he was babtized by O Cowdry

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 returned  home greatly blessed praising God and being filled  with the Holy Ghost Shortly after my brother  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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came enquiring after these things  At his earnest request I enquired of the Lord for  him through the Urim and Thummin  and recieve[d] for him the following Revelation [p. 36]
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JS, History, [ca. 1841], fair copy; 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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; 100 pages; CHL.
See also source note for JS History, circa 1841, draft.

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