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Letter to Moses Nickerson, 19 November 1833

be suffered to execute their threats we know not, but we trust in the Lord, and leave the event with him to govern in his own wise providence.
I shall expect a communication from you on the reception of this, and hope you will give me information concerning the brethren, their health, faith, &c. Also inform me concerning our friends with whom we formed acquaintance.
You are aware, no doubt, dear brother, that anxieties inexpresible croud themselves continually upon my mind for the saints, when I consider the many temptations with which we are subject from the cunning and flattery of the great adversary of our souls. And I can truely say, that with much fervency I have called upon the Lord in behalf of our brethren in Canada

In late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Canada referred to British colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada. Divided into Upper Canada and Lower Canada, 1791; reunited 10 Feb. 1841. Boundaries corresponded roughly to present-day Ontario (Upper...

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. And when I call to mind with what rediness they received the word of truth by the ministry of bro. Sidney

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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and myself, I am truely under great obligation to humble myself in thankfulness before him.
When I contemplate the rapidity with which the great and glorious day of the coming of the Son of Man advances, when he shall come to receive his saints unto himself where they shall dwell in his presence and be crowned with glory & immortality; when I consider that soon the heavens are to be shaken, and the earth tremble and reel to and fro; and that the heavens are to be unfolded as a scroll when it is rolled up, that every mountain and island are to flee away I cry out in my heart, What manner of person ought I to be in all holy conversasion and godliness!
You remember the testimony which I bore in the name of the Lord Jesus, concerning the great work which he has brought forth in the last days. You know my manner of communication, how that in weakness and simpleness I declared to you what the Lord had brought forth by the ministering of his holy angels to me, for this generation. I pray that the Lord may enable you to treasure these things up in your mind; for I know that his Spirit will bear testimony to all who seek diligently after knowledge [p. 64]
be suffered to execute their threats we know not, but  we trust in the Lord, and leave the event with him to  govern in his own wise providence.
I shall expect a communication from you on the  reception of this, and hope you will give me in formation concerning the brethren, their health, faith,  &c. Also inform me concerning our friends with whom  we formed acquaintance.
You are aware, no doubt, dear brother, that anxieties in expresible croud themselves continually upon my mind for  the saints, when I consider the many temptations with which  we are subject from the cunning and flattery of the great  adversary of our souls. And I can truely say, that with  much fervency I have called upon the Lord in behalf of our  brethren in Canada

In late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Canada referred to British colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada. Divided into Upper Canada and Lower Canada, 1791; reunited 10 Feb. 1841. Boundaries corresponded roughly to present-day Ontario (Upper...

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. And when I call to mind with what  rediness they received the word of truth by the ministry of  bro. Sidney

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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and myself, I am truely under great obligation  to humble myself in thankfulness before him.
When I contemplate the rapidity with which the great  and glorious day of the coming of the Son of Man advances,  when he shall come to receive his saints unto himself where  they shall dwell in his presence and be crowned with glory &  immortality; when I consider that soon the heavens are to  be shaken, and the earth tremble and reel to and fro; and <that>  the heavens are to be unfolded as a scroll when it is fol ded <rolled> up, that every mountain and island are to flee away <away>  I cry out in my heart, What manner of person ought I  to be in all holy conversasion and godliness!
You remember the testimony which I bore in the name of  the Lord Jesus, concerning the great work which he has brought  forth in the last days. You know my manner of commu nication, how that in weakness and simpleness I de clared to you what the Lord had brought forth by the min istering of his holy angels to me, for this generation. I  pray that the Lord may enable you to treasure these things  up in your mind; for I know that his Spirit will  bear testimony to all who seek diligently after knowledge [p. 64]
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JS and Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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accompanied Freeman Nickerson

5 Feb. 1779–22 Jan. 1847. Seaman. Born at South Dennis, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eleazer Nickerson and Thankful Chase. Moved to Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1800. Married Huldah Chapman, 19 Jan. 1801, at Cavendish. Served as officer in Vermont...

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on a short mission to New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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and Upper Canada

British colony of Canada divided into Upper Canada and Lower Canada, 1791; reunited 1841. Upper Canada’s boundaries corresponded roughly to portion of present-day Ontario south of Hudson Bay watershed. Population in 1840 about 430,000. Immigrants mainly from...

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in October and early November 1833 to preach to Nickerson’s family and friends. One of Freeman’s sons, Moses Nickerson

9 Mar. 1804–4 Mar. 1871. Tinsmith, merchant, farmer. Born at Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Freeman Nickerson and Huldah Chapman. Moved to Mount Pleasant, Brantford Township, Wentworth Co. (later Brant Co.), Gore District (later in Ontario), Upper...

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, was baptized during the mission. In this letter to him, JS reported on matters 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, expressed his love for the new Canadian converts, and encouraged those converts to be faithful. JS sent the letter from Kirtland, Ohio, and 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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transcribed this copy into JS Letterbook 1.

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