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Letter to Emma Smith, 6 June 1832

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and has forgiven my Sins and I rejoice that he Sendeth forth the Comferter unto as many as believe and humbleeth themselves before him I was grieved to hear that 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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had lost his little Child I think we Can in Some degree simpathise with him but we all must be reconciled to our lots and Say the will of the Lord be done Sister [Elizabeth Smith] Whitney

26 Dec. 1800–15 Feb. 1882. Born at Derby, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Daughter of Gibson Smith and Polly Bradley. Moved to Ohio, 1819. Married Newel K. Whitney, 20 Oct. 1822, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Shortly after, joined reformed Baptist (later Disciples...

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wrote a letter to her husband

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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which was very chearing and being unwell at that time and filled with much anxiety it would have been very consoling to me to have received a few lines from you but as you did not take the trouble I will try to be contented with my lot knowing that God is my friend in him I shall find comfort I have given my life into his hands I am prepared to go at his Call I desire to be with Christ I Count not my life dear to me only to do his will I am not pleased to hear that William Mc.lelin [William E. McLellin]

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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has come back and disobayed the voice of him who is altogether Lovely for a woman. I am astonished at sister Emaline [Emeline Miller McLellin] yet I cannot belive she is not a worthy Sister I hope She will find him true and kind to her but have no reason to expect it his conduct merits the disapprobation of every true follower of Christ [p. [2]]
and has fo[r]given my Sins and I r[e]joice that he  Sendeth forth the Comferter unto as many as  believe and humbleeth themselves before him  I was grieved to hear that 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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had <lost> his  little Child I think we Can in Some degree  simpathise with him but we all must be  reconciled to our lots and Say the will <of the Lord> be done I was  Sister [Elizabeth Smith] Whitney

26 Dec. 1800–15 Feb. 1882. Born at Derby, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Daughter of Gibson Smith and Polly Bradley. Moved to Ohio, 1819. Married Newel K. Whitney, 20 Oct. 1822, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Shortly after, joined reformed Baptist (later Disciples...

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wrote a letter to him <her husband

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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> which  which was very chearing but and being unwell  at that time and filled with much anxiety  it would have been very consoling to me to  have received a few lines from you but as you  did not take the trouble I will try to be conte nted with my lot knowing that God is my  friend in him I shall find comfort I have  given my life into his hands I am prepared  to go at his Call I desire to be with Christ  I Count not my life dear to me only to do his  will I am not pleased to hear that William  Mc.lelin [William E. McLellin]

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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has come back and disobayed the voice  of him who is altogether Lovely for a woman.  I am astonished at sister Emaline [Emeline Miller McLellin] yet I cannot  belive she is not a worthy Sister I hope She  he will <find> him true and kind to her but have  no reason to expect it his conduct merits the  disapprobation of every true follower of Christ [p. [2]]
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In April 1832, JS and several other Church leaders traveled from Ohio

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to Jackson County

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, Missouri. After two weeks in Missouri, they began the return trip by stagecoach. Near New Albany, Indiana, one of the travelers, 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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, was injured in an accident. While Whitney recovered, JS penned this letter during a month-long stay in Greenville

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, Indiana.
Reflecting the unpleasant circumstances of the delay, JS described his loneliness, worry over his family, a bout of illness, the care of Bishop 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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, and the challenge of maintaining harmony in the young church. JS sent this letter from Greenville

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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. The original document, in JS’s hand, is retained by the Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois.

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