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Letterbook 2

P.S. 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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Almon Babbit

9 Oct. 1812–Sept. 1856. Postmaster, editor, attorney. Born at Cheshire, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Ira Babbitt and Nancy Crosier. Baptized into LDS church, ca. 1830. Located in Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, July 1831. Served mission to New York, fall...

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is instructed to hold the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the House of the Lord

The official name for the sacred edifice in Kirtland, Ohio, later known as the Kirtland temple; also the official name for other planned religious structures in Missouri. JS and the Latter-day Saints also referred to the House of the Lord in Kirtland as “...

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JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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. We therefore hope that they will be put into his hands as he will hold them for the benefit 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 subject to our instructions
J Smith Jr.
H. Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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JS to the Council of the Twelve • 15 December 1840

To the travelling High Council and Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Great Britain.
Beloved Brethren
May Grace, Mercy and Peace rest upon you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
Having several communications lying before [me] from my brethren the Twelve, some of which have ere this merited a reply, but from the multiplicity of business which necessarily engages my attention I have delayed communicating to you to the present time.
Be assured my beloved brethren that I am no disinterested observer of the things which are transpiring on the face of the whole Earth; And amidst the general movements which are in progress, none is of more importance, than the glorious work in which you are now engaged, consequently I feel some anxiety on your account, that you may, by your virtue, faith, diligence and charity, commend yourselves to one another, to the church of Christ, and to your Father which is in heaven, by whose grace you have been called to so holy a calling, and be enabled to perform the great and responsible duties which rest upon you. I can assure you, that from the information I have received, I feel satisfied that you have not been remiss in your duty, but that your diligence and faithfulness have been such, as must secure you the smiles of that God whose Servants you are, and also the good will of the saints throughout the world.
The spread of truth throughout England is certainly pleasing; the contemplation of which cannot but afford feelings of no ordinary kind in the bosom of those who have borne the heat and burthen of the day, and who were its firm supporters, and strenuous advocates in infancy, while Surrounded with circumstances the most unpropitious, and its destruction threatened on all hands. But like the gallant bark, that has braved the Storm unhurt, spreads his canvas to the breese, and nobly cuts [p. 190]
P.S. 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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Almon Babbit

9 Oct. 1812–Sept. 1856. Postmaster, editor, attorney. Born at Cheshire, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Ira Babbitt and Nancy Crosier. Baptized into LDS church, ca. 1830. Located in Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, July 1831. Served mission to New York, fall...

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is instructed to hold the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of  the Lords House of the Lord

The official name for the sacred edifice in Kirtland, Ohio, later known as the Kirtland temple; also the official name for other planned religious structures in Missouri. JS and the Latter-day Saints also referred to the House of the Lord in Kirtland as “...

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JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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. We therefore hope that they will  be put into his hands as he will hold them for the benefit 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 subject to our instructions
J Smith Jr.
H. Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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JS to the Council of the Twelve • 15 December 1840

Howard Coray handwriting ends; Robert B. Thompson begins.  


To the travelling High Council and Elders of the Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Great Britain.
Beloved Brethren
May Grace, Mercy and Peace rest upon you  from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
Having several communications lying before [me]  from my brethren the Twelve, some of which <have> ere this merited a reply,  but from the multiplicity of business which necessarily engages my  attention I have delayed communicating to you to the present time.
Be assured my beloved brethren that I am no disinterested  observer of the things which are transpiring on the face of the whole  Earth; And amidst the general movements which are in progress,  none is of more importance, than the glorious work in which you  are now engaged, consequently I feel some anxiety on your ac count, that you may, by your virtue, faith, diligence and charity,  commend yourselves to one another, to the church of Christ, and to your  Father which is in heaven, by whose grace you have been called to  so holy a calling, and be enabled to perform the great and responsible  duties which rest upon you. An I can assure you, that from the  information I have received, I feel satisfied that you have not  been remiss in your duty, but that your diligence and faithfulness  have been such, as must secure you the smiles of that God whose  Servants you are, and also the good will of the saints throughout  the world.
The spread of truth throughout England is certainly

Robert B. Thompson handwriting ends; Howard Coray begins.  


pleasing; the  contemplation of which cannot but afford feelings of no ord inary kind in the bosom of those who have borne the heat  and burthen of the day, and who were its firm sup porters, and strenuous advocates in infancy, while  Surrounded with circumstances the most unpropitious,  and its destruction threatened on all hands. But  like the gallant bark, that has braved the Storm  unhurt, spreads his canvas to the breese, and nobly cuts [p. 190]
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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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