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Letter from Richard Hewitt, 24 May 1840

we want if it is Posable for some Elder

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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to Come and set the Branch

An ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. A branch was generally smaller than a stake or a conference. Branches were also referred to as churches, as in “the Church of Shalersville.” In general, a branch was led by a presiding...

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of Christs 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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in order Elder Joseph Rose Done a goeed work here and If he Could Come Back here again I think he might Dwo [do] agate [a great] Deel of good he was universaly beliked and if he Cant Come we want some strong one boath in Faith and Doctran to Come here as soons as posable if you will send me the Papers I want them Directed to Shawnee Prairie post office and when I git the Papers I will send the pay By the first Elder that I can see Coming up thare Yours in the Bands of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ May the Lord bless you all is my sinsere yrayer [prayer]
To Joseph & Hiram [Hyrum] Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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and the Bothers & Sisters in genrael
Richard Hewitt
N—. B I want some strong Elder to Bee Shure to Came [p. 2]
we want if it is Posable for some  Elder

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

View Glossary
to Come and set the Branch

An ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. A branch was generally smaller than a stake or a conference. Branches were also referred to as churches, as in “the Church of Shalersville.” In general, a branch was led by a presiding...

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 of Christs 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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in order Elder  Joseph Rose Don[e] a goeed work here and  If he Could Come Back here again  I think he might Dwo [do] agate [a great] Deel of  good he was universaly beliked  and if he Cant Come we want some  strong one boath in Faith and  Doctran to Come here as soons as posable  if you will send me the Papers I  want them Directed to Shawnee Prairie  post office and when I git the Papers I will  send the pay By the first Elder that  I can see Coming up thare Yours in  the Bands of our Lord and Saviour  Jesus Christ May the Lord bless you  all is my sinsere yrayer [prayer]
To Joseph & Hiram [Hyrum] Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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and the  Bothers & Sisters in genrael
Richard Hewitt
N—. B I want some strong Elder to  Bee Shure to Came [p. 2]
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Richard Hewitt, Letter, Shawnee Prairie, IN, to JS and the Church, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, 24 May 1840; probably handwriting of Richard Hewitt; two pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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