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Letter from Joseph Bosworth, 17 February 1834

My Dear Breathren in Christ, at 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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The Visions which I have had from God for some month past Stand Conspicuous before my mind without which Every thing from my youth to this Day would Vanish out of my Sight or to nothing Compared to the two Visions most remarkable which I had Last night Surpassing all thing heretofore Known by me—
May I first then give thanks to God through Jesus christ to whom be glory power honor and Dignity for ever
you Know Breathren how Difficult it is to communicate the things which God Gives us by writeing I Shall therefor not attempt nor expect to give you but a verry Slight Sketch of the out Lines of my revalations or Visions
on the 16th Feb 10 Oclock in the Evening 1834 commenced the things a part of which I write to you
first Vision
I Saw a Strange appearance in the Sky in the East Next a boddy of Light raiseing up in the Same place. while this Lumenary was raising which was not brighter then the Sun— I Saw another most grand fountain of Light more magestick then any thing that Eever I Saw of Great magnitude and the Light that flowed from it is indecrible [indescribable] So bright that it would Shine bright on the Sun or as much brighter— then the Sun as the Sun is brighter then the moon this greater then all Light,— was far in the South So Low Down that it appered to be allmost Levil with the Surface of the Earth but not on the Earth tho it give its Light to the Earth which Light was not a flaming Light Like the Sun but the most pure Light to Look upon with great pleasure, the purity of this Light, I can not tell you any thing about neather can I tell you any thing of its great Splender I Looked at this great Sight in the South with great Earnestness. as I Supposed it would Soon Disappear and the other one in the East I could See after this had Disappeared if I Should Sit here and write respecting this most beautifull appearing Lumenary three Days I Should not be able to give you any Idea of the Exelence of its glorious appearance when or whether at all these Lights Disapeared in my Vision I am not able to tell as my Eyes were [p. [1]]
My Dear Breathren in Christ, at 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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The Visions which I have had from God for some  month past Stand Conspicuous before <my> mind with<out> which  Every thing from my youth to this Day would  Vanish out of my Sight or to nothing Compared to  the two Visions most remarkable which I had Last  night Surpassing all thing heretofore Known by  me—
May I first then give thanks to God through Jesus christ  to whom be glory power honor and Dignity for ever
you Know Breathren how Difficult it is to com municate the things which God Gives us by writeing I  Shall therefor not attempt nor expect to give you  but a verry Slight Sketch of the out Lines of my  revalations or Visions
on the 16th Feb 10 Oclock in the Evening 1834  commenced the things a part of which I write to you
first Vision
I Saw a Strange appearance in the Sky in the East  Next a boddy of Light raiseing up in the Same  place. while this Lumenary was raising which was not  brighter then the Sun— I Saw another most grand  fountain of Light more magestick then any thing thing  that Eever <I> Saw of Great magnitude and the Light  that flowed from <it> is indecrible [indescribable] So bright that it  would Shine bright on the Sun or as much br[i]ght er— then the Sun thn <as> the Sun is brighter then the moon  this greater then all Light,— was far in the South  So Low Down that it appered to be allmost Levil  with the Surface of the Earth but not on the Earth  tho it give its Light to the Earth which Light was not  a flaming Light Like the Sun but the most pure  Light to Look upon with great pleasure, the purity  of this Light, I can not tell you any thing about  neather can I tell you any thing of its great Splender  I Looked at this great Sight in the South <with> great Earnest ness. as I Supposed it would Soon Disappear and the other  one in the East I h <I could See> after this had Disappeared  if I Should Sit here and write respecting this most beautifull  appearing Lumenary three Days I Should not be able  to <give> you any Idea of the Exelence of its glorious appearan[c]e  when or whether at all these Lights Disapeared in my  Vision I am not able to tell as my Eyes were [p. [1]]
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Joseph Bosworth

6 Mar. 1790–16 July 1850. Farmer. Born at Scituate, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Son of Benajah Bosworth. Moved to Burlington, Otsego Co., New York, by 1800. Married Lucina Hopkins, 17 May 1815. Moved to Copley, Medina Co., Ohio, by 1818. Baptized into LDS...

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, letter, Copley, OH, to JS, 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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, OH, 17 Feb. 1834; presumably handwriting of Joseph Bosworth

6 Mar. 1790–16 July 1850. Farmer. Born at Scituate, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Son of Benajah Bosworth. Moved to Burlington, Otsego Co., New York, by 1800. Married Lucina Hopkins, 17 May 1815. Moved to Copley, Medina Co., Ohio, by 1818. Baptized into LDS...

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; four pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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