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Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 7 May 1831

Kaw Township

Settlement by whites commenced after treaty with Osage Indians, 1825. One of three original townships organized in Jackson Co., 22 May 1827. Bordered by Missouri River on north side and Big Blue River on east and south sides; western boundary was state line...

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At this time, Kaw Township, Missouri, was bounded on the west by lands the government assigned to various Indian tribes and on the north by the Missouri River. The settlement where Cowdery was staying was “about Eleven miles from Indipendence.” (Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 8 Apr. 1831.)  


May 7— 1831
Our dearly beloved Brethren
I have nothing partickuler to write as concerning the Lamanites

A term used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, as well as those who later identified themselves as Lamanites because they did not believe in the religious traditions of their ancestors. According to JS and the Book of...

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& because of a short journey which I have just returned from in consequence of which I have not writen to you since the 16th. of the last month2

This 16 April letter is not extant. In his 8 April 1831 letter to Ohio church members, Cowdery wrote, “We thought that we shall write evry week.” However, the missing 16 April letter appears to be the only one sent by Cowdery between 8 April and 7 May. (Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 8 Apr. 1831.)  


I and brother Ziba Peterson

Ca. 1810–1849. Teacher, farmer, law officer. Born in New York. Lived in Macedon, Wayne Co., New York, ca. 1830. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder, by 9 June 1830. Served mission to Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1831. Stripped of office of elder, Aug. ...

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went into the county East which is LaFayette

Located south of Missouri River in west-central part of state. Settled by 1816. Name changed from Lillard Co. to Lafayette Co., 1825, to honor the Marquis de Lafayette. County seat, Lexington. Jackson Co. created from western part of Lafayette Co., 1825. ...

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about 40 miles and in the name of Jesus called on the people to repent many of whom are I believe earnestly [p. 12]
Kaw Township

Settlement by whites commenced after treaty with Osage Indians, 1825. One of three original townships organized in Jackson Co., 22 May 1827. Bordered by Missouri River on north side and Big Blue River on east and south sides; western boundary was state line...

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At this time, Kaw Township, Missouri, was bounded on the west by lands the government assigned to various Indian tribes and on the north by the Missouri River. The settlement where Cowdery was staying was “about Eleven miles from Indipendence.” (Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 8 Apr. 1831.)  


May 7— 1831
Our dearly beloved Brethren
I have nothing  partickuler to write as concerning the Lamanites

A term used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, as well as those who later identified themselves as Lamanites because they did not believe in the religious traditions of their ancestors. According to JS and the Book of...

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 & because of a short journey which I have <just> returned  from in consequence of which I have not  writen to you since the 16th. of the last month2

This 16 April letter is not extant. In his 8 April 1831 letter to Ohio church members, Cowdery wrote, “We thought that we shall write evry week.” However, the missing 16 April letter appears to be the only one sent by Cowdery between 8 April and 7 May. (Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 8 Apr. 1831.)  


 <I> and brother Ziba [Peterson]

Ca. 1810–1849. Teacher, farmer, law officer. Born in New York. Lived in Macedon, Wayne Co., New York, ca. 1830. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder, by 9 June 1830. Served mission to Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1831. Stripped of office of elder, Aug. ...

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went into the county East  which is LaFayette

Located south of Missouri River in west-central part of state. Settled by 1816. Name changed from Lillard Co. to Lafayette Co., 1825, to honor the Marquis de Lafayette. County seat, Lexington. Jackson Co. created from western part of Lafayette Co., 1825. ...

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about 40 miles and in  the name of Jesus called on the people to  repent many are of whom <are I> believe earnestly [p. 12]
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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, Kaw Township

Settlement by whites commenced after treaty with Osage Indians, 1825. One of three original townships organized in Jackson Co., 22 May 1827. Bordered by Missouri River on north side and Big Blue River on east and south sides; western boundary was state line...

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, MO, to “Our dearly beloved Brethren” [Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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and other church members, including JS], [Kirtland Township

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], 7 May 1831. Featured version copied [between ca. 27 Nov. 1832 and ca. Jan. 1833] in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 12–13; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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; JS Collection, CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 1.

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