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Letterbook 2

That the Church having erected an office

Term usually applies to JS’s private office, which was located at various places during JS’s lifetime, including his home and red brick store. While in JS’s red brick store, office served as church headquarters and location where JS kept his sacred writings...

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where he can attend to the affairs of the Church without distraction, he thinks and verily believes that the time has now come when he should devote himself exclusively to those things which relate to the spirtualities of the Church and commence the work of translating the Ejyptian records— the Bible— and wait upon the Lord for such revelations as may be suited to the condition and circumstances of the church, and in order that he may be enabled to attend to those things, prays that your honorable body will relieve him from the anxiety and trouble necessarily attendant on business transactions, by appointing some one to take charge of the City

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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plot and attend to the business transactions which have heretofore rested upon your memorialist
That should your honors deem it propper to do so, your memorialist would respectfully suggest, that he whould have no means of support whatever and therefore would request that some one might be appointed to see that all his necessary wants may be provided for as well as sufficient means or appropriations for a Clerk or clerks which he may require to aid him in his important work
Your memorialist would further represent that as Elder Henry G. Sherwood

20 Apr. 1785–24 Nov. 1867. Surveyor. Born at Kingsbury, Washington Co., New York. Son of Newcomb Sherwood and a woman whose maiden name was Tolman (first name unidentified). Married first Jane J. McManagal (McMangle) of Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, ca. 1824...

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is conversant with the affairs of the City

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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plot, thinks what he would be a suitable person to act as Clerk in that business, and attend to the disposing of the remaining lots &c &c
Your memorialist would take this opportunity of congratulating your honorable body of the peace and harmony which exists in the Church, and for the good feelings which seem to be manifest by all the Saints and hopes that inasmuch as we devote ourselves for the good of the Church and the spread of the Kingdom that the Choisest blessings of heaven will be poured upon us, and that the glory of the Lord will overshadow the inheritances of the Saints
Joseph Smith Jr [p. 149]
That the Church having erected an office

Term usually applies to JS’s private office, which was located at various places during JS’s lifetime, including his home and red brick store. While in JS’s red brick store, office served as church headquarters and location where JS kept his sacred writings...

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where  he can attend to the affairs of the Church without distrac tion, he thinks and verily believes that the time has  now come when he should devote himself exclusively  to those things which relate to the spirtualities of  the Church and commence the work of translating  the Ejyptian records— the Bible— and wait upon the  Lord for such revelations as may be suited to the  condition and circumstances of the church, and in  order that he may be enabled to attend to those things,  prays that your honorable body will relieve him from  the anxiety and trouble necessarily attendant on business  transactions, by appointing some one to take charge  of the City

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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plot and attend to the business transactions  which have heretofore rested upon your memorialist
That should your honors deem it propper to do  so, your memorialist would respectfully suggest, that  he whould have no means of support whatever and  therefore would request that some one might be appointed  to see that all his necessary wants may be provided  for as well as sufficient means or appropriations for  a Clerk or clerks which he may require to aid him  in his important work
Your memorialist would further represent that as  Elder H[enry] G. Sherwood

20 Apr. 1785–24 Nov. 1867. Surveyor. Born at Kingsbury, Washington Co., New York. Son of Newcomb Sherwood and a woman whose maiden name was Tolman (first name unidentified). Married first Jane J. McManagal (McMangle) of Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, ca. 1824...

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is conversant with the affairs of the  City

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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plot, thinks what he would be a suitable person to  act as Clerk in that business, and attend to the disposing  of the remaining lots &c &c
Your memorialist would take this opportunity of  congratulating your honorable body of the peace and  harmony which exists in the Church, and for the good  feelings which seem to be manifest by all the Saints  and hopes that inasmuch as we devote ourselves for  the good of the Church and the spread of the Kingdom  that the Choisest blessings of heaven will be poured  upon us, and that the glory of the Lord will overshadow  the inheritances of the Saints
Joseph Smith Jr [p. 149]
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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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