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Memorial to High Council, 18 June 1840

To the Honorable the High Council

A governing body of twelve high priests. The first high council was organized in Kirtland, Ohio, on 17 February 1834 “for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the church, or the bishop...

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of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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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The memorial of Joseph Smith Jr. respectfully represents.
That after the Church of Jesus Christ had been more 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 plat 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 become responsible for the payments of the same and had to use considerable exertion in order to commence a settlement and a place of gathering for the Saints, but knowing that from the genius of the constitution of the church and for the well being of the saints that it was necessary so that the Constituted Authorities of the Church might assemble together to act as to legislate for the good of the whole society and that the saints might enjoy those priviledges 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 desireable to the Saints at large
That under the then existing circumstances Your Memorialist had necessarily to engage in the temporalities of the Church [p. [1]]
To the Honorable the High Council

A governing body of twelve high priests. The first high council was organized in Kirtland, Ohio, on 17 February 1834 “for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the church, or the bishop...

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of the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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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The memorial of Joseph Smith Jr. respect fully represents.
That after the Church of Jesus Christ had  been more 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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, and having <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 Memorial ist 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 plat 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 become responsible  for the payments of the same and had to use  considerable exertion in order to commence  a settlement and a place of gathering for the  Saints, but knowing that from the genius of  the constitution of the church and for the  well being of the saints that it was necessary  so that the Constituted Authorities of the  Church might assemble together to act as to  legislate for the good of the whole society and  that the saints might enjoy those priviledges 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 desireable to the Saints  at large
That under the then existing circum stances Your Memorialist had necessarily to  engage in the temporalities of the Church [p. [1]]
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JS, Memorial, 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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, IL, to Nauvoo High Council, 18 June 1840; handwriting of 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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