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Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 8 April 1831

stranger or foreigner to go among them to teach or preach  We are about Eleven miles from Indipendence  where we send our letters mailed & also to receive  letters and we thought that we shall write evry week  to our brothren [Newel K.] Whitney and on your receiving this we  want you to do the same by us for we think that if  any people are entitled of <to> the benefits of free postage  it [should be?] us Broth Frederick wants Bro Whitney to write  the principle names of those brethren who have  been baptized <of> his neighbours since he left brother  Frederick wishes <to> inform his wife that he is  sure that the Lord called him to come to this country  and consequently he shall not return untill he calls him  back again he also informs her that respecting that suit  at Law that there can be nothing done on there part  more till August term, I wish <my> brother would  write me the procedings of the several conferences as  they were held, the number of Elders & Priests &  members as he will at each house an oppertunity  of knowing and as you write to me weekly (which  I hope you will not fail to do) you would write general  occurrances through each week, Finely Brethren  farewell the Lord God of peace be with you & keep you  firm unto his coming & kingdom Amen—
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In early April 1831, in Jackson County, Missouri, Oliver Cowdery wrote to church leaders and others in Kirtland, Ohio, reporting on the activities of the first missionary group sent to work among the American Indians on what was then the western border of the United States. After being delayed in their objective, Cowdery and his companions, Peter Whitmer Jr., Frederick G. Williams, and Ziba Peterson, sought employment locally while waiting for authorization to once more enter Indian territory. They had previously preached to the Delaware and Shawnee Indians, who had expressed interest in the Book of Mormon.
This communication was Cowdery’s second from Missouri to his Ohio associates. (See also Letter to Hyrum Smith, 3–4 March 1831.) Frederick G. Williams copied this letter into JS’s Letterbook 1 perhaps as early as January 1833.

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