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

So that all things will be in order when we come. Be careful that the enemy of all righteousness will not get the advantage over you in getting the news abroad. Were it not for the prayers of you few, the Almighty would have thundered down his wrath upon the inhabitants of that place; but be not faint, the day of your deliverance is not far distant, for the judgements of the Lord are already abroad in the earth, and the cold hand of [p. 132]
So that all things will be in  order when we come. Be  careful that the enemy of all  righteousness will not get  the advantage over you  in getting the news abroad.  Were it not for the prayers of  you few, the Almighty would  have thundered down his  wrath upon the inhabitants  of that place; but be not  faint, the day of your de liverance is not far distant,  for the judgements of the Lord  are already abroad in the  earth, and the cold hand of [p. 132]
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Throughout most of summer 1830, recently baptized church members in Colesville

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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, 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

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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arrived too late for him to attend the meeting. JS and John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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wrote this letter from Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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, Pennsylvania, to Newel Knight

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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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

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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’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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