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Letter to the Council of the Twelve, 15 December 1840

become obedient to the faith, and I am happy to inform you that the work is spreading very fast on this continent, Some of the Brethren are now in New Orleans

Settled by French, 1717. Acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803. City, port of entry, and parish seat of justice. Population in 1840 about 100,000. Important trade center on Mississippi River. Branch of LDS church established in city, winter 1840–1841...

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, and we expect to have a gathering from the South.
I have had the pleasure of welcoming about One hundred of the Brethren from England who came with Elder

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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[Theodore] Turley

10 Apr. 1801–12 Aug. 1871. Mechanic, gunsmith, brewer, farmer, blacksmith, gristmill operator. Born at Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Son of William Turley and Elizabeth Yates. Associated with Methodism, by 1818. Married Frances Amelia Kimberley, 26 Nov...

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, the remainder I am informed stopped in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, not having means to get any further. I think those that came here did not take the best possible rout or the least expensive. Most of the brethren have obtained employment of one kind or another and appear tolerably well contented and seem disposed to hearken to council. Brothers Robinson & Smith lately had a letter from Elders [Heber C.] Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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, [George A.] Smith

26 June 1817–1 Sept. 1875. Born at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. Son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman. Baptized into LDS church by Joseph H. Wakefield, 10 Sept. 1832, at Potsdam. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Labored on Kirtland temple...

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& [Wilford] Woodruff

1 Mar. 1807–2 Sept. 1898. Farmer, miller. Born at Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson. Moved to Richland, Oswego Co., New York, 1832. Baptized into LDS church by Zera Pulsipher, 31 Dec. 1833, near Richland. Ordained...

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in London which gave us information of the commencement of the work of the Lord in the City, which I was glad to hear. I am likewise informed the Elders have gone to Austrailia & to the East Indies I feel deserieous that every providential opening of that kind should be filled, and that you should prior to your leaving England, send the gospel into as many parts as you possibly can.
Beloved brethren, you must be aware in some measure of my feelings when I contemplate the great work which is now rolling on, and the relationship which I sustain to it; while it is extending to distant lands, and islands, and thousands are embracing it, I realize in some measure my responsibility and the need I have of support from above and wisdom from on high; that I may be able to teach this people, which have now become a great people, the principles of righteousness, and lead them agreeably to the will of heaven so that they may be perfected and prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ, when he shall appear. in great glory. Can I rely on your prayers to your heavenly Father in my behalf? and on the prayers of all my brethren & sisters in England? (whom having not seen yet I love) that I may be enabled to escape every stratagem of Satan, surmount every difficulty, and bring this people, to the enjoyment of those blessings which are reserved for the righteous. I ask this at your and their hands in the name of Jesus Christ. [p. [5]]
become obedient to the faith, and I am happy to inform you that the work is spreading very  fast on this continent, Some of the Brethren are now in New Orleans

Settled by French, 1717. Acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803. City, port of entry, and parish seat of justice. Population in 1840 about 100,000. Important trade center on Mississippi River. Branch of LDS church established in city, winter 1840–1841...

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, and we expect to  have a gathering from the South.
I have had the pleasure of welcoming about One hundred of the  Brethren from England who came with Elder

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

View Glossary
[Theodore] Turley

10 Apr. 1801–12 Aug. 1871. Mechanic, gunsmith, brewer, farmer, blacksmith, gristmill operator. Born at Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Son of William Turley and Elizabeth Yates. Associated with Methodism, by 1818. Married Frances Amelia Kimberley, 26 Nov...

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, the remainder I am informed stop[p]ed in  Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, not having means to get any further. I think those that came here did not take  the best possible rout or the least expensive. Most of the brethren have obtained employment  of one kind or another and appear tolerably well contented and seem disposed to hearken  to council. Brothers Robinson & Smith lately had a letter from Elders [Heber C.] Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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, [George A.] Smith

26 June 1817–1 Sept. 1875. Born at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. Son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman. Baptized into LDS church by Joseph H. Wakefield, 10 Sept. 1832, at Potsdam. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Labored on Kirtland temple...

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& [Wilford] Woodruff

1 Mar. 1807–2 Sept. 1898. Farmer, miller. Born at Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson. Moved to Richland, Oswego Co., New York, 1832. Baptized into LDS church by Zera Pulsipher, 31 Dec. 1833, near Richland. Ordained...

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in London  which gave us information of the commencement of the work of the Lord in the City, which I  was glad to hear. I am likewise informed the Elders have gone to Austrailia & to the East Indies  I feel deserieous that every providential opening of that kind should be filled, and that you  should prior to your leaving England, send the gospel into as many parts as you possibly  can.
Beloved brethren, you must be aware in some measure of my feelings when I contem plate the great work which is now rolling on, and the relationship which I sustain to it; while  it is extending to distant lands, and islands, and thousands are embracing it, I realize  in some measure my responsibility and the need I have of support from above and wisdom  from on high; that I may be able to teach this people, which have now become a great  people, the principles of righteousness, and lead them agreeably to the will of heaven so  that they may be perfected and prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ, when he shall appear.  in great glory. Can I rely on your prayers to your heavenly Father in my behalf? and on the  prayers of all my brethren & sisters in England? (whom having not seen yet I love) that I  may be enabled to escape every stratagem of Satan, surmount every difficulty, and bring  this people, to the enjoyment of those blessings which are reserved for the righteous.  I ask this at your and their hands in the name of Jesus Christ. [p. [5]]
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JS, letter, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, to the Council of the Twelve, England, 15 Dec. 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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; eight pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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