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

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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Aug 20. 28 18301

Bracketed correction based on earlier, incomplete copy of this letter. (Knight, Autobiography and Journal, 21; see also Historical Introduction to this letter.)  


Dearly beloved in the Lord
We are under necessity to disappoint you this time for reasons which I shall mention 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]
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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Aug 20. [28] 18301

Bracketed correction based on earlier, incomplete copy of this letter. (Knight, Autobiography and Journal, 21; see also Historical Introduction to this letter.)  


Dearly beloved in the Lord2

TEXT: Residue from an adhesive partially covers the words “Dearly” and “Lord”, as well as “you all” and “necessity” on the last line of the page, indicating that a separate slip of paper was likely attached to this page at one time.  


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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JS, Letter, Harmony Township

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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, Susquehanna Co., PA, to “Dearly beloved in the Lord” [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 church members], [Colesville Township

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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, NY], [28] Aug. 1830. Featured version copied [ca. 1871] in Newel Knight, History, 128–136.
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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, History, [ca. 1871]; handwriting of unknown scribe—possibly Samuel Knight (son of Newel and Sarah Coburn Knight

1804–15 Sept. 1834. Born in Oxford (later in Guilford), Chenango Co., New York. Daughter of Amariah Coburn and Rose Linda Lyon. Resided in Oxford, Chenango Co., by 1810. Moved to Greene, Chenango Co., by 1820. Moved to Colesville, Broome Co., New York, by...

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), Samuel’s wife, Carolina, or James McClellan (husband of Lydia Goldthwaite Knight McClellan

9 June 1812–3 Apr. 1884. Boardinghouse operator, weaver, teacher. Born at Sutton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Daughter of Jesse G. Goldthwaite and Sally Burt. Married first Calvin Bailey, fall 1828, but deserted by him, 1832. Moved to home of Eleazer Freeman...

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); handwriting of Lydia Goldthwaite Knight McClellan, James G. Bleak, and Robert L. Campbell in later redactions; 2,347 numbered pages (some repeated or missing page numbers); private possession; copy at CHL. Includes redactions and possible printer’s edits.
Most pages measure 6 × 35/8 inches (15 × 9 cm). Most of the leaves are inscribed on the recto only. This manuscript was apparently created under the supervision of Lydia Goldthwaite Knight McClellan

9 June 1812–3 Apr. 1884. Boardinghouse operator, weaver, teacher. Born at Sutton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Daughter of Jesse G. Goldthwaite and Sally Burt. Married first Calvin Bailey, fall 1828, but deserted by him, 1832. Moved to home of Eleazer Freeman...

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around 1871, perhaps in Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah Territory. At the time this manuscript was created, McClellan, who had been married 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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from 1835 until his death in 1847, possessed documents of her late husband that are no longer extant, including letters, licenses, and certificates. It appears that those working under her direction created this manuscript by copying with some modifications from an earlier draft of Newel Knight’s history, and by incorporating therein copies of these various documents.1

In February 1873, Lydia Goldthwaite Knight McClellan authored a preface to Knight’s history and explained that the creation of his history was his “dying request.” She stated to her readers that she had “done the best I could” in compiling the work although “considerable” portions of Knight’s journal were “kept on detached pieces of paper, and no doubt many interesting & valuable portions are lost.” (“Lydia Knight’s Statement,” 1, in Knight, History.)  


In the earlier Newel Knight history from which this circa 1871 work was copied, Knight himself apparently used JS’s history published serially in the Times and Seasons as a framework for his narrative, at times copying the text verbatim.2

Compare “History of Joseph Smith,” published serially in the Times and Seasons beginning 15 March 1842.  


There are at least three similar textually related versions of Newel Knight’s history housed in the Church History Library.3

At least three pages separated from what is apparently the earliest of these three manuscripts are housed in Lydia Goldthwaite Knight, Genealogical Records and Correspondence, 1833–1883, BYU.  


This circa 1871 version appears to be the basis for a condensed version published in 1883.4

“Newel Knight’s Journal,” 46–104, in Scraps of Biography. Tenth Book of the Faith-Promoting Series (Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1883).  


Lydia Goldthwaite Knight McClellan

9 June 1812–3 Apr. 1884. Boardinghouse operator, weaver, teacher. Born at Sutton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Daughter of Jesse G. Goldthwaite and Sally Burt. Married first Calvin Bailey, fall 1828, but deserted by him, 1832. Moved to home of Eleazer Freeman...

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appears to have taken a history 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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—possibly this circa 1871 manuscript—to the Church Historian’s Office. The Historian’s Office journal mentions a history of Newel Knight in its 9 April 1872 entry, and states that the “tin box containing history of Newel Knight” was returned to “Sister Knight.”5

Historian’s Office, Journal, 9 Apr. 1872.  


The circa 1871 manuscript was later found in a tin box in the basement of a house once owned by Knight’s granddaughter in Provo, Utah, and was given to a descendant of Newel Knight.

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