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Revelation, 20 March 1832

First Shall we procure the paper required of our breatheren in their letter1 and carry it with us or not and if we do what moneys shall we use for that purpose
It is expedient saith the Lord unto you that the paper shall be purchesed for the printing of the book of the Lords commandments and it must needs be that you take it with you for it is not expedient that my servent Martin Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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should as yet go up unto the land of Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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Oliver Cowdery had relayed his “hope” in a 28 January 1832 letter that Harris, who was apparently located in Ohio, could provide the necessary paper for the printing of the Book of Commandments. Cowdery even provided a bill for Harris in that letter.a Harris mortgaged his farm in 1829 for the printing of the Book of Mormon, and Cowdery may have assumed Harris would provide similar funding for the Book of Commandments.b Harris was also designated as one of several “stewards over the revelations” in a November 1831 revelation.c An August 1831 revelation instructed Harris and others who intended to come to Zion to consecrate their money to the church, partly as a requirement for obtaining Missouri land as their own “inheritance[s]” and partly so land could be purchased “for the house of the Printing.”d  


aLetter from Oliver Cowdery, 28 Jan. 1832.

bMartin Harris to Egbert B. Grandin, Indenture, Wayne Co., NY, 25 Aug. 1829, Wayne Co., NY, Mortgage Records, vol. 3, pp. 325–326, microfilm 479,556, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.

cRevelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:1–3].

dRevelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:35–37].

let the purchase be made by the Bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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3 of if4

The Revelation Book 2 copy reads “if” instead of “of.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 19.)  


it must needs be by hire5

It is unclear what “by hire” means in this context. It could mean that Newel K. Whitney was to hire someone to purchase the paper and carry it to Missouri.  


let whatsoever is done be done in the name of the Lord6

In September 1831, Sidney Gilbert and Newel K. Whitney were told that, as agents to the church, they were “on the Lords errand & whatever ye do according to the will of the Lord is the Lords business.” Soon after leaving for Missouri, JS and his companions purchased paper in Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). The terms by which the paper was acquired and how much was purchased are unknown. The type of printing paper most likely purchased by the group could have cost anywhere from $2.75 to $7.00 per ream. (Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:29]; “Statement of the Several Kinds of Paper at the Wholesale Prices,” American State Papers: Finance, 3:628; see JS History, vol. A-1, 209.)  


Second shall we finish the translation of the New testament before we go to Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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or wait till we return7

By 20 March, JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Jesse Gause completed revisions to chapter 11 in the book of Revelation. (Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 70.)  


It is expedient saith the Lord that there be no delays and thus saith the Lord for the greatest good and 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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Wherefore omit the translation for the present time [p. [1]]
First Shall we procure the paper required of our  breatheren in their letter1 and carry it with us or not  and if we do what moneys shall we use for that purpose
It is expedient saith the Lord unto you that the paper is  shall <be> purchesed for the <printing of the> book of the Lords commandments and it  must needs be that you take it with [you] for it is not expedient  that my servent Martin [Harris]

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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should as yet go up unto the land  of Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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2

Oliver Cowdery had relayed his “hope” in a 28 January 1832 letter that Harris, who was apparently located in Ohio, could provide the necessary paper for the printing of the Book of Commandments. Cowdery even provided a bill for Harris in that letter.a Harris mortgaged his farm in 1829 for the printing of the Book of Mormon, and Cowdery may have assumed Harris would provide similar funding for the Book of Commandments.b Harris was also designated as one of several “stewards over the revelations” in a November 1831 revelation.c An August 1831 revelation instructed Harris and others who intended to come to Zion to consecrate their money to the church, partly as a requirement for obtaining Missouri land as their own “inheritance[s]” and partly so land could be purchased “for the house of the Printing.”d  


aLetter from Oliver Cowdery, 28 Jan. 1832.

bMartin Harris to Egbert B. Grandin, Indenture, Wayne Co., NY, 25 Aug. 1829, Wayne Co., NY, Mortgage Records, vol. 3, pp. 325–326, microfilm 479,556, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.

cRevelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:1–3].

dRevelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:35–37].

let the purchase be made by the Bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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3 of [if]4

The Revelation Book 2 copy reads “if” instead of “of.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 19.)  


it  must needs <be> by hire5

It is unclear what “by hire” means in this context. It could mean that Newel K. Whitney was to hire someone to purchase the paper and carry it to Missouri.  


let whatsoever is done be done in  the name of the Lord6

In September 1831, Sidney Gilbert and Newel K. Whitney were told that, as agents to the church, they were “on the Lords errand & whatever ye do according to the will of the Lord is the Lords business.” Soon after leaving for Missouri, JS and his companions purchased paper in Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). The terms by which the paper was acquired and how much was purchased are unknown. The type of printing paper most likely purchased by the group could have cost anywhere from $2.75 to $7.00 per ream. (Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:29]; “Statement of the Several Kinds of Paper at the Wholesale Prices,” American State Papers: Finance, 3:628; see JS History, vol. A-1, 209.)  


Second shall we finish the translation <of the New testament> before we go to  Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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or wait till we return7

By 20 March, JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Jesse Gause completed revisions to chapter 11 in the book of Revelation. (Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 70.)  


It is expedient saith the Lord that there be no delays  and thus8

TEXT: Possibly “this”.  


saith the Lord for the greatest good and benef[i]t 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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Wherefore omit the translation for the  present time [p. [1]]
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Revelation, Hiram Township

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, OH, 20 Mar. 1832; Featured version copied [ca. 20 Mar. 1832]; handwriting of Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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; one page; Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU. Includes dockets and archival marking.
One leaf, measuring 6½ × 7¾ inches (17 × 20 cm). The top and the right side of the recto have the square cut of manufactured paper, whereas the left side and the bottom are unevenly cut. Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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inscribed a docket on the verso that corresponds with a folding pattern in which the document was folded several times to a pocket-size shape: “Revelation as to paper | for Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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1832”. The document was folded at least two other times, one folding corresponding to some slight soiling and another corresponding with a graphite docket made by Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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: “Command as to | Paper for Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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| Apl. 1832”. The recto of the document also bears a graphite docket by Whitney: “20 March 1832 at Hyrum

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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This document and several other revelations, along with many other personal and institutional documents kept by Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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, were inherited by his daughter Mary Jane Whitney, who married Isaac Groo. This collection was passed down in the Groo family and donated by members of the family to the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University during the period 1969–1974.1

Andrus et al., “Register of the Newel Kimball Whitney Papers, 1825–1906,” 5–6.  


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