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Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 28 December 1829

is going directly to your country but knowing that if a line from under my hand is as gladly received by you as one from you would at all times be by me I cannot in duty to my feelings let this oppertunity pass unimproved Your great anxiety will probably be to know of the progress of the work in the which we are So deeply engaged and possibly our Souls wellfare all of which Father

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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can make known unto you it may look rather Strange to you to find that I have So Soon become a printer3

In addition to aiding the printing process by creating a printer’s copy of the original manuscript for use in the printshop, Cowdery apparently set type for some of the pages as well. John H. Gilbert, typesetter for most of the Book of Mormon, later recalled that Cowdery, though not a printer, “was a frequent visitor to the office, and did several times take up a [composing] ‘stick’ and set a part of a page—he may have set 10 or 12 pages, all told.” (John H. Gilbert, Palmyra, NY, to James T. Cobb, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, 10 Feb. 1879, in Theodore Schroeder Papers . . . Relating to Mormonism.)  


and you may cast in your mind what I Shall become next but be asured my cahngeing changing business has not in any degree I trust taken my mind from meditateing upon my mission which I have been called to fulfill nor of Slacking my diligence in prayr and fasting but but Some times I feel almost as though I could quit time and fly away and be at rest in the Bosom of my Redeemer for the many deep feelings of Sorrow and the many long Struglings in prayr of Sorrow for the Sins of my fellow beings and also for those who pretend to be of my faith4

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 144 [Enos 1:11].  


almost as it were Seperateth my spirit from my mortal body5

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 304 [Alma 29:16].  


do not think by this my Brother that I would give you to understand that I am freed from Sin and temptations no not by any means that is what I would that you Should undersstand is my anxiety at some times to be at rest in the Paradice of my God is to be freed from temptation &c. You have our prayrs and our best wishes
Yours in Christ Amen
Oliver H P 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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In several early documents, Oliver Cowdery signed his name with “H P” as middle initials. What the initials stand for is unknown. JS used just the “H” when writing to Oliver in October. (Letter to Oliver Cowdery, 22 Oct. 1829.)  


Joseph Smith Jr
P S we Send our respects to Emma

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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is going directly to your country but knowing that if a few  lines from you under my hand is as gladly rec[e]ived by you as one  from you would at all times be by me I cannot in duty to my fee lings let this oppertunity <pass> u[n]improved Your great anxiety  will probably be to know of the progress of the work in  the which we are <So deeply> engaged and possibly our Souls wellfare al[l]  of which Father

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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can make known unto you it may  look rather Strange to you to find that I have So Soon  become a printer3

In addition to aiding the printing process by creating a printer’s copy of the original manuscript for use in the printshop, Cowdery apparently set type for some of the pages as well. John H. Gilbert, typesetter for most of the Book of Mormon, later recalled that Cowdery, though not a printer, “was a frequent visitor to the office, and did several times take up a [composing] ‘stick’ and set a part of a page—he may have set 10 or 12 pages, all told.” (John H. Gilbert, Palmyra, NY, to James T. Cobb, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, 10 Feb. 1879, in Theodore Schroeder Papers . . . Relating to Mormonism.)  


and you may cast in your mind what I  Shall become next but be asured my cahngeing [changing] business has  not in any degree I trust taken my mind from meditateing  upon my mission which I have been called to fulfill nor  of changing Slacking my diligence in prayr and fasting but  but Some times I feel almost as though I could quit time and  fly away and be at rest in the Bosom of my Redeemer for  the many deep feelings of Sorrow and the many long Struglings  in prayr of Sorrow for the Sins of my fellow beings and  also for those whose pretend to be of my faith4

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 144 [Enos 1:11].  


almost as it  were Seperateth my spirit from my mortal body5

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 304 [Alma 29:16].  


do not thin k by this my Brother that I am would find give you to und erstand that I am freed from Sin and temptations no not  by any means that is what I would that you Should unders stand is my anxiety at some times to be at rest in King  in the Paradice of my God is to be freed from sin tem ptation &c. You have our prayrs and our best wishes
Yours in Christ Amen
Oliver <H P> Cowd[e]ry

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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In several early documents, Oliver Cowdery signed his name with “H P” as middle initials. What the initials stand for is unknown. JS used just the “H” when writing to Oliver in October. (Letter to Oliver Cowdery, 22 Oct. 1829.)  


Joseph Smith Jr
P S we Send our respects to Emma

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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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, Manchester Township

Settled 1793. Formed as Burt Township when divided from Farmington Township, 31 Mar. 1821. Name changed to Manchester, 16 Apr. 1822. Included village of Manchester. Population in 1825 about 2,700. Population in 1830 about 2,800. JS reported first vision of...

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, Ontario Co., NY, to JS, [Harmony Township

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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, Susquehanna Co., PA], 28 Dec. 1829. Featured version copied [between ca. 27 Nov. 1832 and ca. Jan. 1833] in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 4–5; handwriting of JS; JS Collection, CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 1.

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