Letter to N. C. Saxton, 4 January 1833

a scene of bloodshed as has not a parallel in the hystory  of our nation pestalence hail famine and earthquake will  sweep the wicked off this generation from off the face of  this Land to open and prepare the way for the  return of the lost tribes of Israel from the north  country— The people of the Lord, those who have  complied with the requsitions of the new covenant  have already commenced gathering togethe[r] to Zion  which is in the State of Missouri. Therefore I decl are unto you the warning which the lord  has commanded me to declare unto this  generation, rembring [remembering] that the eyes of my maker  are upon me and that to him I am accountabl  for evry word I say wishing nothing worse to  my fellow men then their eternal salvation  therefore fear God, and give glory to him for  the hour of his Judgment is come, <Repent  ye> Repent, ye and imbrace the everlasting  Covenant and flee to Zion before the over flowing scourge overtake you, For there are  those now living upon the earth whose eyes  shall not be closed in death until they see  all these things which I have spoken fulfilled  Rem[em]ber these things, call upon the Lord  while he is near and seek him while  he may be found is the exhortation of  your unworthy servant
Joseph Smith Jr
While delivering a “voice of warning” had been part of Mormonism from the beginning, this letter written by JS for publication was an early instance of a proclamation prepared for the public. The letter stands as JS’s earliest detailed declaration of the Church of Christ, a letter notable for its expression of millenarianism and biblicism. JS was quite disappointed, however, when the evangelical newspaper American Revivalist, and Rochester Observer printed only the concluding fourth of the letter. See Letter to N. C. Saxton, 12 February 1833.
JS wrote this letter from Kirtland, Ohio, to N. C. Saxton, editor and proprietor of the Revivalist at Rochester, New York. Frederick G. Williams transcribed the complete communication into JS’s Letterbook 1 perhaps as early as January 1833.