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Recommendation for Samuel Bent and George W. Harris, [circa July 1840]

Recommendation for Samuel Bent and George W. Harris, [circa July 1840]

Letter of recommendation to Samuel Bent & George W Harris
To all whom it may concern
This is to certify that Elders Samuel Bent and George W  Harris are authorized agents of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, being  appointed by the first Presidency and High Council of said Church to visit  the branches of the church in the east or wherever they may be led in the provi dence of God, to obtain donations and subscriptions for the purpose  of printing the Book of Mormon. Doctrines & Covenants and Hymn Books and  the new translation of the scriptures &c. They are likewise instructed and authorized  to make loans in behalf of the Church for carrying into opperation the above  and other important works necessary to the well being of said church
From our long acquaintance with these our beloved brethren,— their long tried friendship under cir cumstances the most trying and painful,— their zeal for the cause of truth, and their  strict moral honesty, we most cheerfully recommend them to the saints of the most  high. Any statements they may make relative to their mission may be implicitly relied  upon, And any loans which they may effect will be considered binding on the Church  and we do hope the saints will do all in their power to effect the object proposed and  lift up the hands of our beloved brethren who have cheerfully come forward to engage in a work  so great and important
Joseph Smith Jr) PrstWilliam MarksDavid Ful[l]merL D [Lewis Dunbar] Wilson
Hyrum SmithElias HigbeeSeymour BrunsonNewel Knight
Alpheus CutlerThomas GroverH[enry] G. Sherwod
David DortWm Huntington [Sr.]
Charles C Rich
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