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Journal, March–September 1838

ny of the wife

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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of Said Jackson

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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. Naw as to this man Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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, it is a well known fact, and without contradiction, that he has been in transgression ever Since he first came into 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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, which is some four, or five years since, as appeared this day, by different witnesses, which are unimpeacible [unimpeachable]. Witnesses against this man Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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, were these 1,st Sarah Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, wife of said plantiff, Jackson

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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. an Br. Best: also Br. [Shadrach] Roundy

1 Jan. 1789–4 July 1872. Merchant. Born at Rockingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Uriah Roundy and Lucretia Needham. Married Betsy Quimby, 22 June 1814, at Rockingham. Lived at Spafford, Onondaga Co., New York. Member of Freewill Baptist Church in Spafford...

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. Br John P. Barnand [Barnard]

28 Jan. 1804–28 July 1874. Farmer, blacksmith. Born at New Hartford, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ezra Barnard and Diadema Porter. Moved to Ulysses, Tompkins Co., New York, by Aug. 1826. Married Eliza Ann Wycoff, 31 Aug. 1826, at Ulysses. Moved to Barrington...

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: also Br. Thomas Girmon [Guymon]

10 Mar. 1787–20 Oct. 1855. Schoolteacher, farmer. Born in Surry Co., North Carolina. Son of Isaiah Guymon and Elizabeth Flynn. Married Sarah (Sally) Gordon/Gordin, Feb. 1809, in Stokes Co., North Carolina. Moved to Jackson Co., Tennessee, by 1820. Moved to...

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; also Br Benjamin, and the plantiff

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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; Which testimony says, Whereas, the plantiff

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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, had some time last season, sent his wife from Alton

City and river port, situated on east bank of Mississippi River. Incorporated as city, 1837. Population in 1840 about 2,300. Two hundred Saints, some from Liverpool, England, detained in Alton, winter 1842–1843; Saints later departed Alton aboard steamer ...

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, Illinois, to this country as he himself could not come, at that time, accordingly his wife Mrs Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, came and settled in the branch

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first above mentioned, Now this man Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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had settled in this branch also, and was their presiding high priest

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, and had gained to himself great influence in and over that branch, and it also appears that this man had great possessions, and (if we may judge from testimony given this day) calculates to keep them let the saints necessities be what they may, and it also appears that this man was in want of a wife (if actions bespeak the desires of any man) consequently set his wits to work to get one, he commences by getting (as he said,) revelations from God, that he must marry Mrs Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, or that she was the woman to make his wife, and it appeared that these revilations were frequently received by him, and shortly introdused to Mrs. Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, It also was manifested that the old man had sagasity enough to know; that unless he used his priestly office, to assist him in accomplishing his designs, he would fail in the attempt; he therefore told Mrs. Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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that he had had a revelation from god that her husband was dead &c. and that She must concent to marry him, or she would be forever miserable; for he had seen her future state of existance, and that she must remember, that whoom soever he blessed, would be blessed, and whom soever he cursed, would be cursed, [p. 35]
ny of the said wife

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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of Said Jackson

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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.82

According to Sarah Jackson’s written testimony, Lyon claimed to have received revelation that her husband Henry, in Illinois at the time, had died, that she should marry Lyon, and that if she refused him she would be “forever miserable.” Lyon led her to believe that she would suffer “the vengeance of God” if she did not marry him. (Minute Book 2, 28 Apr. 1838, 157–159.)  


Naw as to this man  Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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, it is a well known <fact,> and without contradiction, that  he has been in transgression <ever> Since he first came into 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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,  which is some four, or five years since, as appeared this day, by  different witnesses, which are unimpeacible [unimpeachable]. Witnesses against the <this>  man Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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, were these 1,st Sarah Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, wife of said pla ntiff, Jackson

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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. one <an>83

TEXT: Possibly “and”.  


Br. Best:84

Possibly Henry Best. (Henry Best, Petition for redress, 12 Jan. 1840, Library of Congress Collection, National Archives, Washington DC.)  


also Br. [Shadrach] Roundy

1 Jan. 1789–4 July 1872. Merchant. Born at Rockingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Uriah Roundy and Lucretia Needham. Married Betsy Quimby, 22 June 1814, at Rockingham. Lived at Spafford, Onondaga Co., New York. Member of Freewill Baptist Church in Spafford...

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. Br John P. Pou nd Barnand [Barnard]

28 Jan. 1804–28 July 1874. Farmer, blacksmith. Born at New Hartford, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ezra Barnard and Diadema Porter. Moved to Ulysses, Tompkins Co., New York, by Aug. 1826. Married Eliza Ann Wycoff, 31 Aug. 1826, at Ulysses. Moved to Barrington...

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: also Br. Thomas Girmon [Guymon]

10 Mar. 1787–20 Oct. 1855. Schoolteacher, farmer. Born in Surry Co., North Carolina. Son of Isaiah Guymon and Elizabeth Flynn. Married Sarah (Sally) Gordon/Gordin, Feb. 1809, in Stokes Co., North Carolina. Moved to Jackson Co., Tennessee, by 1820. Moved to...

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; also Br Benjamin,  and the plantiff

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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;85

Best had housed Sarah Jackson while living at Guymon’s mill. Roundy, a member of the Second Quorum of Seventy; Barnard, a large landholder; and Guymon, the owner of the local mill, were all prominent members of the community. Benjamin testified that a Calvin Reed had also related a vision that Henry Jackson was dead. (Minute Book 2, 28 Apr. 1838, 138–139; Record of Seventies, bk. A, 6; Foote, Autobiography, 15 Sept. and 7 Oct. 1838.)  


Which testimony says, Whereas, the  plantiff

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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, had some time last season, sent his wife  from Alton

City and river port, situated on east bank of Mississippi River. Incorporated as city, 1837. Population in 1840 about 2,300. Two hundred Saints, some from Liverpool, England, detained in Alton, winter 1842–1843; Saints later departed Alton aboard steamer ...

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, Illinois, to this country as he himself coul d not come, at that time, accordingly his wife Mrs  Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, came and settled in the branch

An ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. A branch was generally smaller than a stake or a conference. Branches were also referred to as churches, as in “the Church of Shalersville.” In general, a branch was led by a presiding...

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first above  mentioned, Now the <this> man Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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had settled in this  branch also, and was their presiding high priest

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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, and  had gained to himself great influence in and on over  that branch, and it also appears that the this man had  great possessions, and (if we may judge from testimony  given this day) calculates to keep them let the saints of  God’s necessity necessities be what they may, and it  also appears that this man was in want of a wife (if actions  bespeak the desires of any man) consequently set his wits  to work to get one, he commences by getting (as he said,)  revelations from God, that he must marry Mrs Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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,  or that she was the woman for to make his wife, and  it appeared that these revilations were frequently rec eived by him, and shortly introdused them to Mrs. Jack son

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, It also was manifested that the old man had sag asity enough to know; that unless he used his priestly  office, he to assist him in accomplishing his designs,  <he would fail in the attempt;> he therefore told Mrs. Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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that he had a had a  revelation from god that her husband was dead &c.  and that She must concent to marry him, or she  would be forever miserable; for he had seen her  future state of existance, and that she must rem ember, that whoom soever he blessed, would be blessed,  and whom soever he cursed, would be cursed, [p. 35]
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JS, “The Scriptory Book—of Joseph Smith Jr.—President of The Church of Jesus Christ, of Latterday Saints In all the World,” Journal, Mar.–Sept. 1838; handwriting of George W. Robinson

14 May 1814–10 Feb. 1878. Clerk, postmaster, merchant, clothier, banker. Born at Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1836. Clerk and recorder for Kirtland high council, beginning Jan. 1836. Married...

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and 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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; sixty-nine pages; in “General,” Record Book, 1838, verso of Patriarchal Blessings, vol. 5, CHL. Includes redactions and archival marking.
JS’s “Scriptory Book” is recorded on pages 15 to 83 of a large record book entitled “General” that also includes a list of church members in Caldwell County

Located in northwest Missouri. Settled by whites, by 1831. Described as being “one-third timber and two-thirds prairie” in 1836. Created specifically for Latter-day Saints by Missouri state legislature, 29 Dec. 1836, in attempt to solve “Mormon problem.” ...

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, Missouri (pages 2–14), a copy of JS’s 16 December 1838 letter from the jail in Liberty

Located in western Missouri, thirteen miles north of Independence. Settled 1820. Clay Co. seat, 1822. Incorporated as town, May 1829. Following expulsion from Jackson Co., 1833, many Latter-day Saints found refuge in Clay Co., with church leaders and other...

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, Missouri (pages 101–108), and an aborted record partially entitled “Recor” in unidentified handwriting (page 110). The book, which measures 13 x 8¼ x 1¾ inches (33 x 21 x 4 cm), has 182 leaves of ledger paper sized 12½ x 7¾ inches (32 x 20 cm) with thirty-seven lines in blue ink per page. There are eighteen gatherings of various sizes, each of about a dozen leaves. The text block is sewn all along over three vellum tapes. The heavy pink endpapers each consist of a pastedown and two flyleaves pasted together. The text block edges are stained green. The volume has a hardbound ledger-style binding with a hollow-back spine and glued-on blue-striped cloth headbands. It is bound in brown split-calfskin leather with blind-tooled decoration around the outside border and along the turned-in edges of the leather on the inside covers. At some point the letter “G” was hand printed in ink on the front cover. The original leather cover over the spine—which appears to have been intentionally removed—may have borne a title or filing notation.
The journal is inscribed in black ink that later turned brown and is almost entirely in the handwriting of George W. Robinson

14 May 1814–10 Feb. 1878. Clerk, postmaster, merchant, clothier, banker. Born at Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1836. Clerk and recorder for Kirtland high council, beginning Jan. 1836. Married...

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. 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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’s handwriting appears in a copy of the 23 July 1837 revelation for Thomas B. Marsh

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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(D&C 112) on pages 72–74. Running heads added by Robinson throughout the journal indicate the months of the entries on the page. The volume was later 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, as a source for JS’s multivolume manuscript history of the church. During the preparation of the history, redactions and use marks were made in graphite pencil. Redactions in graphite and ink may have been made at other times as well. In 1845, the book was turned over so that the back cover became the front and the last page became the first. This side of the book was used to record patriarchal blessings. The original spine may have been removed at this time. The spine is now labeled with a number “5”, designating its volume number in a series of books of patriarchal blessings.
The volume is listed in Nauvoo and early Utah inventories of church records, indicating continuous custody.1

Historian’s Office, “Schedule of Church Records”; “Historian’s Office Catalogue,” [2]; Historian’s Office, “Index of Records and Journals,” [12], Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, CHL; JS, Journal, Mar.–Sept. 1838, microfilm, JS Collection, CHL.  


At some point, the leaf containing pages 54 and 55 was torn from the journal. This removed leaf—which is transcribed herein and contains, among other writings, the earliest extant text of an 8 July 1838 revelation for the Quorum of the Twelve (D&C 118)—was for a time kept in Revelation Book 2.2

Best, “Register of the Revelations Collection,” 19.  


It is now part of the Revelations Collection at the Church History Library.

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