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Journal, 1835–1836

of a temporal or spirtual nature; except our firm belief in the fulness of the gospel and I was led to marvle at the long suffering and condescention of our heavenly Father, in permitting, these ungodly wretches, to possess, this goodly land, which is indeed as beautifully situated, and its soil as fertile, as any in this region of country, and its inhabitance, wealthy even blessed, above measure, in temporal things, and fain, would God bless, them with, spiritual blessings, even eternal life, were it not for their evil hearts of unbelief, and we are led to mingle our prayers with those saints that have suffered the like treatment before us, whose souls are under the altar crying to the Lord for vengance upon those that dwell upon the earth145

See Revelation 6:9–10.  


and we rejoice that the time is at hand when, the wicked who will not repent will be swept from the earth with the besom of destruction146

See Isaiah 14:23. A besom is a broom, especially one made of twigs.  


and the earth become an inheritance for the poor and the meek.—147

See Matthew 5:5; and Revelation, 27 and 28 Dec. 1832 and 3 Jan. 1833, in Doctrine and Covenants 7:4, 1835 ed. [D&C 88:17].  


when we arived at Painsvill

Located on Grand River twelve miles northeast of Kirtland. Created and settled, 1800. Originally named Champion. Flourished economically from harbor on Lake Erie and as major route of overland travel for western emigration. Included Painesville village; laid...

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we called at Sister Harriet Hows Howe’s

Ca. 1796–1856. Born at Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., New York. Daughter of Samuel William Howe and Mabel Dudley. Sister of Eber D. Howe. Resided near Queenstown, Lincoln Co., Niagara District (later in Queenston, Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario), ...

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, and left my wife

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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and family to visit her while we rode into Town to do some buisness,148

JS History, 1834–1836, 139, adds: “at the bank, and at various other places.”  


called and visited Horace Kingsbury

Ca. 1798–12 Mar. 1853. Jeweler, silversmith. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Dianthe Stiles, 20 July 1826. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1827. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder by John P. Greene, 9 Dec. 1832. Elected Painesville trustee...

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Returned and dined with Sister How

Ca. 1796–1856. Born at Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., New York. Daughter of Samuel William Howe and Mabel Dudley. Sister of Eber D. Howe. Resided near Queenstown, Lincoln Co., Niagara District (later in Queenston, Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario), ...

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, and returned home, had a fine ride the sleighing, is good and weather pleasant—149

When Warren Parrish copied JS’s journal into the contemporaneous history that they were working on, he copied this journal entry for 2 December into the history entry for 1 December. For 2 December, Parrish wrote, “Nothing of much importance transpired, suffice it to say that he of whom we write, spent the day in the society of his family, manageing his domestic concerns, visiting, & receiving visitors, and instructing such, as desired a knowledge of the things of God.” (JS History, 1834–1836, 138–139.)  


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of a temporal or spirtual nature; except  our firm belief in the fulness of the gospel  and I was led to marvle that God at the  long suffering and condescention of our hea venly Father, in permitting, these ungodly  wretches, to possess, this goodly land, which  is the indeed as beautifully situated, and  its soil as fertile, as any in this region of  country, and its inhabitance, as wealthy  even blessed, above measure, in temporal  things, and fain, would God bless, them  with, with spiritual blessings, even eter nal life, were it not for their evil he arts of unbelief, and we are led to cry  in our hearts mingle our prayers with  those saints that have suffered the like  treatment before us, whose souls are under  the altar crying to the Lord for vengance  upon those that dwell upon the earth145

See Revelation 6:9–10.  


 and we rejoice that the time is at hand  when, the wicked who will not repent will  be swept <from the earth> with the besom of destruction146

See Isaiah 14:23. A besom is a broom, especially one made of twigs.  


 and the earth become an inheritance  for the poor and the meek.—147

See Matthew 5:5; and Revelation, 27 and 28 Dec. 1832 and 3 Jan. 1833, in Doctrine and Covenants 7:4, 1835 ed. [D&C 88:17].  


when we arived at Painsvill

Located on Grand River twelve miles northeast of Kirtland. Created and settled, 1800. Originally named Champion. Flourished economically from harbor on Lake Erie and as major route of overland travel for western emigration. Included Painesville village; laid...

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we called  at Sister Harriet Hows [Howe’s]

Ca. 1796–1856. Born at Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., New York. Daughter of Samuel William Howe and Mabel Dudley. Sister of Eber D. Howe. Resided near Queenstown, Lincoln Co., Niagara District (later in Queenston, Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario), ...

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, and left my wife

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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 and family to visit her while we rode  into Town to do some buisness,148

JS History, 1834–1836, 139, adds: “at the bank, and at various other places.”  


returned  called and visited H[orace] Kingsbury

Ca. 1798–12 Mar. 1853. Jeweler, silversmith. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Dianthe Stiles, 20 July 1826. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1827. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder by John P. Greene, 9 Dec. 1832. Elected Painesville trustee...

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Returned and dined with Sister  How

Ca. 1796–1856. Born at Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., New York. Daughter of Samuel William Howe and Mabel Dudley. Sister of Eber D. Howe. Resided near Queenstown, Lincoln Co., Niagara District (later in Queenston, Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario), ...

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, and returned home, had a  fine ride the sleighing, is fine <good> and  weather pleasant—149

When Warren Parrish copied JS’s journal into the contemporaneous history that they were working on, he copied this journal entry for 2 December into the history entry for 1 December. For 2 December, Parrish wrote, “Nothing of much importance transpired, suffice it to say that he of whom we write, spent the day in the society of his family, manageing his domestic concerns, visiting, & receiving visitors, and instructing such, as desired a knowledge of the things of God.” (JS History, 1834–1836, 138–139.)  


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JS, “Sketch Book for the use of Joseph Smith, jr.,” Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836; handwriting of 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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, an unidentified scribe, Sylvester Smith

25 Mar. 1806–22 Feb. 1880. Farmer, carpenter, lawyer, realtor. Born at Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Chileab Smith and Nancy Marshall. Moved to Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, ca. 1815. Married Elizabeth Frank, 27 Dec. 1827, likely in Chautauque...

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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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, Warren Cowdery

17 Oct. 1788–23 Feb. 1851. Physician, druggist, farmer, editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Married Patience Simonds, 22 Sept. 1814, in Pawlet, Rutland Co. Moved to Freedom, Cattaraugus Co., New York, 1816...

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, JS, 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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; 195 pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes redactions and archival marking.
The text block consists of 114 leaves—including single flyleaves and pastedowns in the front and back—measuring 12¼ x 8 inches (31 x 20 cm). The 110 interior leaves are ledger paper with thirty-four lines in faint—and now faded—black ink that has turned brown. There are nine gatherings of various sizes—each about a dozen leaves per gathering. The text block is sewn all along over cloth tapes. The front and back covers of the journal are pasteboard. The ledger has a tight-back case binding with a brown calfskin quarter-leather binding. The outside covers are adorned in shell marbled paper, with dark green body and veins of light green. The bound volume measures 12⅜ x 8¼ inches (31 x 21 cm) and is 13/16 inches (2 cm) thick. One cover of the book is labeled “Repentence.” in black ink. The first page of ledger paper under that cover contains eight lines of references to the book of Genesis under the heading “Scriptures relating to Repentince”. The spine has “No 8” inscribed upside up when the book is standing upright for this side. When the volume is turned upside down and flipped front to back, the other cover is titled “Sabbath Day” with “No 9” written beneath in black ink. The first page of ledger paper under that cover contains two lines of references to the book of Genesis under the heading “Scriptures relating to the Sabbath day”. Thus the book was used to simultaneously house two volumes of topical notes on biblical passages. This book was apparently part of a larger series that included at least two other extant volumes—one bearing “Faith” and “10” on the cover, and the other bearing “Second Comeing of Christ” and “No 3” on one cover and “Gift of the Holy Ghost” on the other cover.1

“Grammar & Aphabet of the Egyptian Language,” Kirtland Egyptian Papers, ca. 1835–1836, CHL; Kirtland Elders Quorum, “Record”.  


In late 1835, JS and scribes began using the book to record his journal for 1835–1836, which begins on the recto of the second leaf of ledger paper. 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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added the title “Sketch Book” to the cover, beneath “Repentence.”.
The entire journal is inscribed in black ink that later turned brown. Pages 25, 51, 77, 103, 129, and 154 bear the marks of adhesive wafers that were probably used to attach manuscripts until they were copied into the journal. The journal was used in Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, Illinois, in 1843 as a major source in composing JS’s multivolume manuscript history of the church. At this time, redactions were made in ink and in graphite pencil, and use marks were made in graphite. Also, apparently in Nauvoo, the cover of the journal side of the book was marked with a “D” and then with a larger, stylized “D”. At some point a white paper spine label was added with “1835–6 <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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> JOURNAL” hand printed or stenciled in black ink that later turned brown. The insertion “Kirtland” is written in graphite. Also, in the “Repentence” side of the volume, the rectos of the third through eighth leaves of ledger paper are numbered on the upper right-hand corners as 195, 197, 199, 201, 203, and 205—all written in graphite and apparently redactions. Except with regard to the title “Sketch Book”, none of the authors of the inscriptions mentioned previously have been identified. This volume is listed in Nauvoo and early Utah inventories of church records, indicating continuous custody.2

Historian’s Office, “Schedule of Church Records”; “Historian’s Office Catalogue,” [1], Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, CHL; Johnson, Register of the Joseph Smith Collection, 7.  


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