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Letter to Emma Smith, 13 October 1832

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a moment to be with them my breast is filled with all the feelings and tenderness of a parent and a Husband and could I be with you I would tell you many things yet when I reflect upon this great city like Ninavah not desearning their right hand from their left yea more then two hundred thousand souls my bowels is filled with compasion towards them and I am determined to lift up my voice in this city

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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and leave the Event with God who holdeth all things in his hands and will not suffer an hair of our heads unnoticed to fall to the ground there is but few cases of the cholera in this City

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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now and if you should see the people you would not know that they had ever heard of the cholera I hope you will excuse me for writting this letter so soon after writing for I feel as if I wanted to say something to you to comfort you in your beculier peculiar triel and presant affliction I hope God will give you strength that you may not faint I pray God to soften the hearts of those around you to be kind to you and take the burdon off your shoulders as much as posable and not afflict you I feel for you for I know your state and that others do not but you must cumfort yourself knowing that God is your friend in heaven and that you have one true and living friend on Earth your Husband
Joseph Smith Jr [p. [2]]
[a] moment to be with them my breast is filled  with all the feelings and tenderness of a parent  and a Husband and could I be with you I  would tell you many things yet when I ref lect upon this great city like Ninavah not  desearning their right hand from their left  yea more then two hundred <thousand> souls my bow els is filled with compasion towards them  and I am determined to lift up my voice  in this city

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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and leave the Event with God  who holdeth all things in his hands and will  not suffer an hair of our heads unnoticed  to fall to the ground there is but few cases  of the chol[e]ra in this City

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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now and if you  should see the people you would not that  know that the<y> people had ever heard of <the> <chol[e]ra>  I hope you will excuse me for writting  this letter so soon after w[r]iting for I feel as  if I wanted to <say> you say something to you to com fort you in your beculier [peculiar] triel and presant  affliction I hope God will give you strength  that you may not faint I pray God to soften  the hearts of those arou[n]d you to be kind  to you and take <the> burdon of[f] your shoulders  as much as posable and not afflict you  I feel for you for I know your state and  that others do not but you must cumfort  yourself knowing that God is your friend  in heaven and that you have one true and  living friend on Earth your Husband
Joseph Smith Jr [p. [2]]
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In fall 1832, Bishop 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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operated a store in Kirtland

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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, Ohio, for the church’s United Firm. JS accompanied him on a trip to New York City

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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to purchase merchandise for the store. Whitney may also have traveled to New York to negotiate a $15,000 loan he had been commissioned to secure on behalf of the church.
The letter reveals something of JS’s mixture of awe and repugnance at his first encounter with New York City. The “Pearl Street House” in which JS and 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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boarded was located only a few minutes’ walk from Five Points, a notorious slum district. While in New York City

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, JS wrote this letter to his wife, Emma

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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, at Kirtland

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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, Ohio. It is retained in the collection of the Community of Christ Library in Independence

Located twelve miles from western Missouri border. Permanently settled, platted, and designated county seat, 1827. Hub for steamboat travel on Missouri River. Point of departure for Santa Fe Trail. Population in 1831 about 300. Mormon population by summer...

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, Missouri.

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