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Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 6 November 1829

Letter 4 Manchester

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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At the time he wrote this letter, Cowdery was likely at the Hyrum Smith residence in Palmyra. If this is the case, the letter was written in Palmyra, not in Manchester.  


November the 6th. 1829
Brother Joseph Smith Jr.
I received your leter yesterday bearing date Oct. 22d I had long time expectted to hear from you2

More than a month had passed since JS’s departure from Manchester. (See Letter to Oliver Cowdery, 22 Oct. 1829.)  


and had often enquired at the post office for a letter and of course it was gladly received by us all. we rejoice to hear that you are well and we also rejoice to hear that you have a prospect of obtaining Some mony3

Cowdery referred here to JS’s report of Josiah Stowell’s willingness to invest “five or six hundred dollars” in the publication of the Book of Mormon. (Letter to Oliver Cowdery, 22 Oct. 1829.)  


and we further rejoice that you are at rest from your percecutors and we rejoice [p. 6]
<Let[ter] 4>

This scribal notation, in the handwriting of Frederick G. Williams, indicates that this was the fourth letter copied into JS Letterbook 1.  


<Manchester

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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At the time he wrote this letter, Cowdery was likely at the Hyrum Smith residence in Palmyra. If this is the case, the letter was written in Palmyra, not in Manchester.  


November the 6th. 1829
Brother Joseph Smith Jr.
I received your leter yesterday bearing date Oct. 22d  I had long time expectted to hear from you2

More than a month had passed since JS’s departure from Manchester. (See Letter to Oliver Cowdery, 22 Oct. 1829.)  


and had often  enquired at the post office for a letter and of course it was  gladly received by us all[.] we rejoice to hear that you are  well and we expect also rejoice to hear that you have  a prospect of obtaining Some mony3

Cowdery referred here to JS’s report of Josiah Stowell’s willingness to invest “five or six hundred dollars” in the publication of the Book of Mormon. (Letter to Oliver Cowdery, 22 Oct. 1829.)  


and we further rejo[i]ce  that you are at rest from your percecutors and we rejoice [p. 6]
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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], 6 Nov. 1829. Featured version copied [between ca. 27 Nov. 1832 and ca. Jan. 1833] in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 6–8; handwriting of JS; JS Collection, CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 1.

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