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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

lion shall lie down with  the lamb &c. But brethren  be not dis-couraged when  we tell you of perilous times,  for they must shortly come,  for the sword, famine,  and pestilence <are> approaching,  for there shall be great  destructions upon the face  of this land, for ye need  not suppose that one jot  or tittle of the prophecies of  all the Holy Prophets shall  fail, and there are many  that remain to be fulfilled [p. 135]
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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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