Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 28 January 1832

In November 1831, Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer left Ohio with manuscript copies of the revelations that would constitute the Book of Commandments. They carried these documents to Missouri, and three weeks after their arrival, they held a conference in Kaw Township, Jackson County, Missouri. As conference clerk, Cowdery took minutes, which he conveyed by letter to JS shortly thereafter.
At the conference, the bishop, Edward Partridge, and the church agent, Sidney Gilbert, made a formal accounting of church funds entrusted to their care. After presenting the minutes, the letter continued this accounting. The letter also addressed the church’s establishment in Zion and expressed concerns regarding the need to carry out the move to Zion in an orderly fashion, in consultation with Missouri church leaders.
Oliver Cowdery wrote and sent this letter from Independence, Missouri, to JS at Kirtland, Ohio. Newel K. Whitney apparently retained this manuscript; no other copy is extant.