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Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

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Liberty Jail Clay County Mo March 20th 1839.
To the church of Latterday saints at Quincy Illinois and  scattered abroad and to Bishop [Edward] Partridge in particular. your  humble servant Joseph Smith Jn prisoner for the Lord Jesus  Christ’s sake and for the saints taken and held by the pow er of mobocracy under the exterminating reign of his excel ancy the Governer Lilburn W. Boggs in company with his  fellow prisoners and beloved Brethren Caleb Baldwin  Lymon [Lyman] Wight Hyram [Hyrum] Smith and Alexander McRae.  Send unto you all greeting. May the grace of God  the father and of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ  rest upon you all and abide with you for ever.  May knoledge be multiplied unto you by the meorcy  of God. And may faith and virtue and knoledge  and temperance and pationce and Godliness and  Brotherly kindness and charity be in you and abo und that you may not be baron in anything nor  unfrutefull. Forasmuch as we know that the most of  you are well acquainted with the rongs and the high  toned injustice and cruelty that is practiced upon us  whereas we have been taken prisoners charged falsly  with evry kind of evil and thrown into prison inclo sed with strong walls surrounded with a strong guard  who continually watch day and knight as indefatigable  as the devil is in tempting and laying snayers for  the people of God. Therefore dearly and beloved Brethr en we are the more ready and willing to lay clam  claim to your fellowship and love. For our curc [p. 1]
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JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae, letter, Liberty, MO, to the Church and Edward Partridge, Quincy, IL, 20 Mar. 1839; handwriting of Alexander McRae and Caleb Baldwin with corrections by JS and signatures of JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae; 26 pages; Revelations Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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