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Letter from Parley P. Pratt, 22 November 1839

I have great zeal, boundless ambition for the spread of truth, and some acquaintance with publishing, but lack in many other respects, but be assured I will be faithful in this matter if committed to my charge and when I get able to cross the sea I shall feel perfectly safe in leaving the whole business with the residue of the committee. We will give you one hundred dollars on each thousand coppies for the right of publishing, or we will give you one hundred Books on each thousand. Or we will publish it on commision and return you all the profits after defraying the expences of the same together with a reasonable charge for our time. Or, we will publish it on any other conditions which you can reasonably propose.
Please write immediately and let us know and in the mean time we will be getting ready and seeking for means.
Any Hymn Book which Sister Smith

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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or the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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will favor us with shall also be published on similar conditions. If you would appoint a periodical to be published in this city it can be done immediately and thousand would circulate here, where one would circulate from the west, they are so slow and uncertain in coming from there to us. I would also suggest for your considerations that the publication of the Book of Mormon in Europe, in English, French, German, and other languages, be committed to the “Twelve, as a committee who shall take charge of the same and whose duty it shall be to secure to you the Copy rights in the several goverments, and to render strict account from time to time to the first Presidency

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

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Dear Br, you may think I am in good earnest indeed about speeding this matter, and so I am for it must go to all Nations, Kindred. Tongues. and People ere long. I sincerely hope the day is not far distant when a printing establishment will be reared in some Stake

Ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. Stakes were typically large local organizations of church members; stake leaders could include a presidency, a high council, and a bishopric. Some revelations referred to stakes “to” or...

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of Zion according to the word of the Lord and the pattern given. We remember you on the question of your afflictions. I remain your Brother in the Bonds of the Everlasting Covenant. My Love to all enquiring friends
Parley P. Pratt

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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J. Smith Jun
Br Foster approves of this letter and sends his love to you [p. 79]
I have great zeal, boundless ambition for the spread of  truth, and some acquaintance with publishing, but lack  in many other respects, but be assured I will be faithful  in this matter if committed to my charge and when I get  able to cross the sea I shall feel perfectly safe in leaving  the whole business with the residue of the committee.  We will give you one hundred dollars on each thousand  coppies for the right of publishing, or we will give you one  hundred Books on each thousand. Or we will publish it  on commision and return you all the profits after defraying  the expences of the same together with a reasonable charge  for our time. Or, we will publish it on any other conditions  which you can reasonably propose.
Please write immediately and let us know and  in the mean time we will be getting ready and seeking  for means.
Any Hymn Book which Sister Smith

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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or the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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 will favor us with shall also be published on similar  conditions. If you would appoint a periodical to be pub lished in this city it can be done immediately and thousand  would circulate here, where one would circulate from the  west, they are so slow and uncertain in coming from there  to us. I would also suggest for your considerations that  the publication of the Book of Mormon in Europe, in English,  French, German, and other languages, be committed to the  “Twelve, as a committee who shall take charge of the same  and whose duty it shall be to secure to you the Copy rights  in the several goverments, and to render strict account  from time to time to the first Presidency

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

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Dear Br, you may think I am in good earnest indeed  about speeding this matter, and so I am for it must go to all  Nations, Kindred. Tongues. and People ere long. I sincerely  hope the day is not far distant when a printing establishment  will be reared in some Stake

Ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. Stakes were typically large local organizations of church members; stake leaders could include a presidency, a high council, and a bishopric. Some revelations referred to stakes “to” or...

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of Zion according to the word of  the Lord and the pattern given. We remember you on  the question of your afflictions. I remain your Brother in the  Bonds of the Everlasting Covenant. My Love to all enquiring friends
P[arley] P. Pratt

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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J. Smith Jun
Br Foster approves of this letter and sends his  love to you [p. 79]
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Parley P. Pratt

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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, Letter, New York

Dutch founded New Netherland colony, 1625. Incorporated under British control and renamed New York, 1664. Harbor contributed to economic and population growth of city; became largest city in American colonies. British troops defeated Continental Army under...

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, NY, to JS, Commerce

Located near middle of western boundary of state, bordering Mississippi River. European Americans settled area, 1820s. From bank of river, several feet above high-water mark, ground described as nearly level for six or seven blocks before gradually sloping...

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, IL, 22 Nov. 1839; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 77–79; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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