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Letterbook 2

whether we shall proceed to publish it immediately or not or whether we shall do according to our feelings. If I should act according to my feelings I should hand the Book of Mormon to this people as quick as I could. The people are very different in this country to what the Americans are; they say it cannot be possible that men should leave their homes and come so far, unless they were truly the servants of the Lord; they do not seem to understand argument, simple testimony is enough for them, they beg and plead for the book of mormon and were it not for the priests of the the people would follow after the servants of the Lord and enquire what they should do to be saved: The priests feel just as they did in the days of the Saviour. If they let “this sect alone all men will believe on them and the Romans will come and take away our place and Nation. I wish you would tell me how cousin Lemuel gets along with his business and all the boys on the half breed tract— and the whole breed. I think a great deal about our friends, families and possessions. I look for the time when the Lord will speak so that the hearts of the rebellious will be pierced, you will remember the words of the Saviour to his disciples, he says to you is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven, but to them that are without all things in parables. The brethren here are very anxous to emigrate to that country

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, some want to come this fall, where shall they go. Their customs are different to ours and it would be more pleasant for them to settle by themselves.
Almost without exception it is the poor that receive the gospel: I think there will be some over this fall, my counsel to such as intend to come is, that they go to the western states where you can live among the farmers and wait for orders from the Authorities of the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, and all will be well. You must excuse my bad writing, I have only catched at ideas. I want to know about the Brethren’s coming over this fall I think some of us will come we shall send our papers to you and to a number of the rest of the brethren
I wish you would have the goodness to give me a pretey general knowledge of the Church for I feel for them and pray for them continually
We need help very much in this Country, one American can do more here than a number of the Elders

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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who are raized up here by the preaching of the Gospel, we have sent for some to come. I wish you would encourage them to come as quick as they can [p. 152]
whether we shall proceed to publish it immediately or not  or whether we shall do according to our feelings. If I should  act according to my feelings I should hand the Book of Mor mon to this people as quick as I could. The people ar[e]  very different in this country to what the Americans are; they say  it cannot be possible that men should leave their homes and  come so far, unless they were truly the servants of the Lord; they  do not seem to understand argument, simple testimony  is enough for them, they beg and plead for the book of  mormon and were it not for the priests of the  the people would follow after the servants of the Lord and  enquire what they should do to be saved: The priests feel  just as they did in the days of the Saviour. If they let “this sect alone  all men will believe on them and the Romans will come and  take away our place and Nation. I wish you would tell me  how cousin Lemuel gets along with his business and all the boys  on the half breed tract— and the whole breed. I think a great  deal about our friends, families and possessions. I look for  the time when the Lord will speak so that the hearts of the  rebellious will be pierced, you will remember the words of the  Saviour to his disciples, he says to you is given to know the mysteries  of the Kingdom of heaven, but to them that are without all things  in parables. The brethren here are very anxous to emigrate  to that country

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, some want to come this fall, where shall  they go. Their customs are different to ours and it would  be more pleasant for them to settle by themselves.
Almost without exception it is the poor that receive  the gospel: I think there will be some over this fall, my  counsel to such as intend to come is, that they go to the  western states where you can live among the farmers and  wait for orders from the Authorities of the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, and all will  be well. You must excuse my bad writing, I have only catched at ideas. I want  to know about the Brethren’s coming over this fall I think some of us will come  we shall send our papers to you and to a number of the rest of the brethren
I wish you would have the goodness to give me a pretey general know ledge of the Church for I feel for them and pray for them continually
We need help very much in this Country, one American [can] do more  here than a number of the Elders

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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who are raized up here by  the preaching of the Gospel, we have sent for some to come. I wish you  would encourage them to come as quick as they can [p. 152]
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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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