License for William Smith, 5 October 1831

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Licenses and certificates denoting ordination to a particular ministerial office were generally issued during church conferences. Candidates were proposed, voted upon by conference participants, and then ordained by someone in authority.
William Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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’s certificate is unusual in that the church did not hold a conference or special meeting on or about 5 October 1831. Moreover, he had been identified as holding the priesthood office of teacher during the June 1831 conference. Since he had apparently been ordained a teacher earlier, this 5 October 1831 certificate may have been a replacement for a previous document.
John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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drafted the certificate, signed by him and JS.