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Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 21 January 1838

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Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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Mo Jany. 21st 1838.
“Sir.— I should have written you long since but for ill health, I have anxiously wanted to recover, that I might give you a full history of my excursion to the north according to my promise; and were it not for the recent intelligence from 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 gives me so much surprise, should still defer— you will be able to judge from the formation of my letter how week and infirm are my nerves. I have been sick six weeks and a large part of the time confined to my room and bed.”
I was absent, when north. some twenty days, and should not have returned there but for the failure of Col. Lyman Wight

9 May 1796–31 Mar. 1858. Farmer. Born at Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Levi Wight Jr. and Sarah Corbin. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Benton, 5 Jan. 1823, at Henrietta, Monroe Co., New York. Moved to Warrensville, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, ...

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to forward provisions as he agreed. I labored incessantly every day except one,— rain, snow or frost. I lay on the cold damp earth; had but little to eat, and that indifferent; but explored a great and precious country. I ran many lines with compass and chain, found a great many of the finest mill-sites I have seen in the western country or world and made between forty and fifty choice locations.”
“Notwithstanding the feeble state of my health, I had previously made preparations, and yet expect to start to morrow morning (Monday) to view still east of where I previously went.”
“I learn from 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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, by the last letters, that you have publickly said, that when you were here I confessed to you that I had willfully lied about you— this compells me to ask you to correct that statement, and give me an explanation— until which you and myself are two.”
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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“Mr. Joseph Smith Jr.” [p. [80]]
Sir.— Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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Mo Jany. 21st 1838.
“Sir.— I should have written you long since but for ill  health, I have anxiously wanted to recover, that I might give  you a full history of my excursion to <the> north according to  my promise; and were it not for the recent intelligence  from 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 gives me so much surprise, should  still defer— you will be able to judge from the formation  of my letter how week and infirm are my nerves. I have  been sick six weeks and a large part of the time con fined to my room and bed.”
I was absent, when north. some twenty days, and should  not have returned there but for the failure of Col. [Lyman] Wight

9 May 1796–31 Mar. 1858. Farmer. Born at Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Levi Wight Jr. and Sarah Corbin. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Benton, 5 Jan. 1823, at Henrietta, Monroe Co., New York. Moved to Warrensville, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, ...

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 to forward provisions as he agreed. I labored incessantly  every day except one,— rain, snow or frost. I lay on the cold  damp earth; had but little to eat, and that indifferent; but  explored a great and precious country. I ran many lines  with compass and chain, found a great many of the  finest mill-sites I have seen in the western  country <or world> and made between forty and fifty choice  locations.”
“Notwithstanding the feeble sta[t]e of my health, I  had previously made preparations, and yet expect  to start to morrow morning (Monday) to view still  east of where I previously went.”
“I learn from 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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, by the last letters, that you  have publickly said, that when you were here I  confessed to you that I had willfully lied about  you— this compells me to ask you to correct that state ment, and give me an explanation— until which you  and myself are two.”
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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“Mr. Joseph Smith Jr.” [p. [80]]
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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, letter, Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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, MO, 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, 21 Jan. 1838; handwriting of Warren F. Cowdery; in Oliver Cowdery Letterbook, p. 80; Huntington Library.

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