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Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 August 1830

Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 August 1830

Harmony Aug 20. [28] 1830
Dearly beloved in the Lord
We  are under necessity to dis appoint you this time for  reasons which I shall men tion hereafter, but trusting  that your meeting may not be  an unprofitable one May  you all realize the necessity  of getting together often to pray [p. 128]
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Throughout most of summer 1830, recently baptized church members in Colesville, New York, faced intense opposition from local residents. By mid-August, JS was still unable to confirm the new converts into the church. Plans were made for yet another attempt to meet with them on Saturday, 21 August. However, the men who were to transport JS to Colesville arrived too late for him to attend the meeting. JS and John Whitmer wrote this letter from Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Newel Knight and other church members at Colesville to explain what had happened and to buoy up the converts.
The letter is recorded in a copy of Newel Knight’s autobiography dated ca. 1870-1871. The scribe is unknown. Evidence associated with the document suggests there may have been one additional page that is now missing.

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