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Letterbook 2

JS, Memorial to High Council • 18 June 1840

Copy of a Memorial from Joseph Smith Jr to the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints June 18th. 1840.
The memorial of Joseph Smith Jr respectfully represents
That after the Church of Jesus Christ had been inhumanly as well as unconstitutionally expelled from their homes which they had secured to themselves in the State of Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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, they found a resting place in the State of Illinois

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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altho very much scattered and at considerable distances from each other
That after the escape of your memorialist from his enemies, he under the direction of the Authorities of the Church, took such steps as has secured to the Church the present locations, viz, the Town plot of 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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and lands in the Iowa Territory

Area originally part of Louisiana Purchase, 1803. First permanent white settlements established, ca. 1833. Organized as territory, 1838, containing all of present-day Iowa, much of present-day Minnesota, and parts of North and South Dakota. Population in ...

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That in order to secure said locations your memorialist had to became responsible for the payment of the Same, and had to use considerable exertion in order to commence a settlement, and a place of gathering for the Saints, knowing that from the genius of the constitution of the Church and for the well being of the Saints, it was necessary so that the constituted Authorities of the Church might assemble together to act or to legislate for the good of the whole Society and that the saints might enjoy those privilidges which they could not by being scattered so wide apart, induced your memorialist to exert himself to the utmost in order to bring about an object so necessary and so desirable to the Saints at large
That under the then existing circumstances Your memorialist had necessarily to engage in the temporalities of the Church, which he has had to attend, to the present time
That your memorialist feels it a duty which he owes to God as well as to the Church to give his attention more particularly to those things connected with the spiritual welfare of the Saints (which have now become a great people) so that they may be built up in their most holy faith and go on to perfection. [p. 148]

JS, Memorial to High Council • 18 June 1840

Howard Coray handwriting ends; Robert B. Thompson begins.  


Copy of a Memorial from Joseph Smith Jr to the  High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter Day Saints June 18th. 1840.
The memorial of Joseph Smith Jr respectfully represents
That after the Church of Jesus Christ had been inhu manly as well as unconstitutionally expelled from their homes  which they had secured to themselves in the State of Missour[i]

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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,  they found a resting place in the State of Illinois

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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altho  very much scattered and at considerable distances from  each other
That after the escape of your memorialist from his  enemies, he under the direction of the Authorities of the  Church, took such steps as has secured to the Church  the present locations, viz, the Town plot of 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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and  lands in the Iowa Territory

Area originally part of Louisiana Purchase, 1803. First permanent white settlements established, ca. 1833. Organized as territory, 1838, containing all of present-day Iowa, much of present-day Minnesota, and parts of North and South Dakota. Population in ...

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That in order to secure said locations your mem orialist had to became responsible for the payment of  the Same, and had to use considerable exertion in order  to commence a settlement, and a place of gathering for  the Saints, knowing that from the genius of the constitution  of the Church and for the well being of the Saints, it was  necessary so that the constituted Authorities of the Church  might assemble together to act or to legislate for the good  of the whole Society and that the saints might enjoy  those privilidges which they could not by being scat tered so wide apart, induced your memorialist to exert  himself to the utmost in order to bring about an object  so necessary and so desirable to the Saints at large
That under the then existing circumstances Your  memorialist had necessarily to engage in the tempo ralities of the Church, which he has had to attend, to  the present time
That your memorialist feels it a duty which he  owes to God as well as to the Church to give his attention  more particularly to those things connected with the spirit ual welfare of the Saints (which have now become a great  people) so that they may be built up in their most holy  faith and go on to perfection. [p. 148]
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Letterbook 2, [1839–ca. summer 1843]; handwriting of Howard Coray

6 May 1817–16 Jan. 1908. Bookkeeper, clerk, teacher, farmer. Born in Dansville, Steuben Co., New York. Son of Silas Coray and Mary Stephens. Moved to Providence, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, ca. 1827; to Williams, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830; and...

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, James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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, 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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, Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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, John Fullmer

21 July 1807–8 Oct. 1883. Farmer, newsman, postmaster, teacher, merchant. Born at Huntington, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Fullmer and Susannah Zerfass. Moved to Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, spring 1832. Married Mary Ann Price, 24 May 1837...

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, William Clayton

17 July 1814–4 Dec. 1879. Bookkeeper, clerk. Born at Charock Moss, Penwortham, Lancashire, England. Son of Thomas Clayton and Ann Critchley. Married Ruth Moon, 9 Oct. 1836, at Penwortham. Baptized into LDS church by Heber C. Kimball, 21 Oct. 1837, in River...

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, and George Walker; 238 leaves, 245 pages of letters, plus 26 pages of index and 83 pages of company records for Rigdon, Smith, & Co.; JS Collection, CHL.
Note: This book was originally used as a ledger, then turned over and repurposed as a letterbook. The ledger portion will be posted on this website at a later date.

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