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Letter to Hyrum Smith, 3–4 March 1831

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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Geauga County Ohio
March 3th 1831
Brother Hyram [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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we arived here safe and are all well I hav[e]  been ingageed in regulating the Churches

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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here  as the deciples are numerous and the devil had  made many attempts to over throw them it has  been a Serious job but the Lord is with us and  we have overcome and have all things regular  the work is brakeing forth on the <right> hand and on the  left and there is a great Call for Elders

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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in this  place we hav[e] recieved a leter from Olover [Oliver Cowdery]

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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dated  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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Jackson County Missouri Janua ry the 29th 1831 these are the words which he has  written saying—
My dealy dearly beloved bretheren  after a considerable lengthy journy I arived avail  myself of the first opertunity of communicating to  you a knowledge of our situation that you may  be priviledged of writing to us for we have not  heard any thing from you since we left you  last fall we arived here at this place

31 Jan. 1831

Oliver Cowdery and companions preached to Delaware and Shawnee nations west of Missouri. Lacking government permission, they were soon ordered to leave and instead began preaching in Jackson County, Missouri.

a few  days since which is about 25 miles from this the  Shawney indians on the south Side of the Kan sas River

Begins at convergence of Smoky Hill and Republican rivers and ends at confluence with Missouri River near Kansas-Missouri border. Mormon missionaries arrived in area to teach American Indian tribes, by Jan 1831. After 1830, Shawnee Indians dwelt on south ...

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at its mouth & delewares on the north  I have had two interviews with the Chief of that  that the delewares who is <a> very old & venerable  looking man after haveing laying before him  & eighteen of or twenty of the Council of that nation  the truth he said that <he he> and they he and thy they  were very glad for what I their Brother had  told them and they had recived it in their  hearts &c— But how the matter will go with this  tribe to me is uncirtain nether Can I at present  Conclude mutch about it the wether is mtch  is quite Severe and the snow is Considerable  deep which makes it at present quite dific cult traveling about I have but a short time  to write to you my b[e]loved Bretheren as the  mail leves thi[s] place in the morning [p. [1]]
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This letter from JS to his brother 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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briefly describes the circumstances of the numerous disciples 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, soon after JS’s arrival there in February 1831. JS also includes expressions of concern for Hyrum, along with a plea to travel with care during his journey to Kirtland. The text also contains a communication written by Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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from 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, to the Kirtland church members, reporting his efforts to preach to the Shawnee and Delaware nations in the area of western Missouri.
JS wrote and sent this letter from 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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to Hyrum

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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at Harpersville

Also spelled Harpersville. Post village located on banks of Susquehanna River. Population in 1842 about 200. JS wrote letter from Kirtland, Ohio, 3 Mar. 1831, to brother, Hyrum, by way of Harpursville post office.

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, New York.  

13 Sept. 1800–11 Jan. 1847. Miller, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, ca. 1809. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New...

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