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Letter from Robert D. Foster, 24 December 1839

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Dec 24th. 1839
Dear Brother
Since you left this city

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I have been endeavoring to magnify my calling in some measure, and have succeeded so far in my work, by the assistance of God as to show to the satisfaction of all the inmates of the house where you left me boarding that Mormonism is no bugbear but the truths of Jesus Christ, as testifyed by Paul, Peter and all the Apostles and inspired writers, You are aware that the Lady. Mrs. Baker was very hostile when you left, but her proud heart has come down, and she now says she was once afraid to have me in the house, but is now willing I should stay. The day you left and the next day I kept preaching in the chimney corner, to Mrs. Baker, who acted as though she was possessed of Seven Devils, but I kept a steady hand. Last night I got up and preached till 11½ P.M., and they listened, said they believd us verily, but they have not courage to come out; they are going to invite their relatives & friends so, as to give me a fair chance to preach; they say I am the greatest preacher they ever heard: God blessed me more in that endeavour than I can express, yea Brother my very heart glorifies God for his goodness. what was said I dont know, but I do know I had a feast, and to morrow they are going to have three friends come and see me; that girl says she wants to be baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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; though her Bro. is coming to see her in regard to it as he is her guardian— I pray that you would lend me your special prayers in this matter & and verily believe you will. As I was agoing to say they all listened attentively, and after this I asked God to add his blessings to what had been done and said, and they all responded amen; they then [p. 119]
Washington City

Created as district for seat of U.S. federal government by act of Congress, 1790, and named Washington DC, 1791. Named in honor of George Washington. Headquarters of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of U.S. government relocated to Washington ...

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Dec 24th. 1839
Dear Brother
Since you left this city

Created as district for seat of U.S. federal government by act of Congress, 1790, and named Washington DC, 1791. Named in honor of George Washington. Headquarters of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of U.S. government relocated to Washington ...

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I have  been endeavoring to magnify my calling in  some measure, and have succeeded so far in  my work, by the assistance of God as to show  to the satisfaction of all the inmates of the  house where you left me boarding that Mor monism is no bugbear but the truths of J[es]us  Christ, as testifyed by Paul, Peter and all  the Apostles and inspired writers, You are  aware that the Lady. Mrs. Baker was very hostile  when you left, but her proud heart has come  down, and she now says she was once afraid  to have me in the house, but is now willing  I should stay. The day you left and the  next day I kept preaching in the chimney  corner, and to Mrs. Baker, who acted as though  she was possessed of Seven Devils, but I kept  a steady hand. Last night I got up and  preached till 11½ P.M., and they listened, said  they believd us verily, but they have not cour age to come out; they are going to invite their  relatives & friends so, as to give me a fair chance  to preach; they say I am the greatest preacher  they ever heard: God blessed me more in that  endeavour than I can express, yea Brothe[r] my  very heart glorifies God for his goodness. what  was said I dont know, but I do know I had  a feast, and to morrow they are going to have  three friends come and see me; that girl says  she wants to be baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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; though her Bro.  is coming <to> see her in regard to it as he is her  guardian— I pray that you would lend me  your special prayers in this matter & and  verily believe you will. As I was agoing to say  they all listened attentively, and after this I asked  God to add his blessings to what had been done and  said, and they all responded amen; they then [p. 119]
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Robert D. Foster

14 Mar. 1811–1 Feb. 1878. Physician, land speculator. Born in Braunston, Northamptonshire, England. Son of John Foster and Jane Knibb. Married Sarah Phinney, 18 July 1837, at Medina Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church, before Oct. 1839. Ordained an elder,...

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, Letter, Washington DC

Created as district for seat of U.S. federal government by act of Congress, 1790, and named Washington DC, 1791. Named in honor of George Washington. Headquarters of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of U.S. government relocated to Washington ...

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, to JS, Philadelphia

Port city founded as Quaker settlement by William Penn, 1681. Site of signing of Declaration of Independence and drafting of U.S. Constitution. Nation’s capital city, 1790–1800. Population in 1830 about 170,000; in 1840 about 260,000; and in 1850 about 410...

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, PA, 24 Dec. 1839; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 119–122; handwriting of Howard Coray

6 May 1817–16 Jan. 1908. Bookkeeper, clerk, teacher, farmer. Born in Dansville, Steuben Co., New York. Son of Silas Coray and Mary Stephens. Moved to Providence, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, ca. 1827; to Williams, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830; and...

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