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Revelation, circa Early 1830

Blessing & Behold I also covenanted with those who have assisted  him in my work that I will do unto them even the same  Because they have done that which is pleasing in my sight  (yea even all save M◊◊tin only it be one only) Wherefore be  dilligent in Securing the Copy right of my Servent work  upon all the face of the Earth of which is known by you  unto unto my Servent Joseph & unto him whom he willeth  accordinng as I shall command him that the faithful & the  righteous may retain the temperal Blessing as well as the  Spirit[u]al & also that my work be not destroyed by the workers  of iniquity to their own distruction & damnation when they  are fully ripe & now Behold I say unto you that I have coven anted & it Pleaseth me that Oliver Cowderey Joseph Knight Hyram  Page & Josiah Stowel shall do my work in this thing yea  even in securing the <Copy> right & they shall do it with an eye single  to my Glory that it may be the means of bringing souls  unto me Salvation through mine only Begotten Behold I am  God I have spoken it & it is expedient in me Wherefor I say  unto you that ye shall go to Kingston seeking me continually  through mine only Begotten & if ye do this ye shall have my  spirit to go with you & ye shall have an addition of all things  which is expedient in me. & I grant unto my servent a privelige  that he may sell <a copyright> through you speaking after the manner of  men for the four Provinces if the People harden not their hearts  against the enticeings of my spirit & my word for Behold it  lieth in themselves to their condemnation & or to their salvation  Behold my way is before you & the means I will prepare  & the Blessing I hold in mine own hand & if ye are faithful  I will pour out upon you even as much as ye are able to  Bear & thus it shall be Behold I am the father & it is through  mine only begotten which is Jesus Christ your Redeemer amen [p. 31]
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This revelation granted JS permission to sell the right to publish the Book of Mormon in Canada. He asked Oliver Cowdery, Hiram Page, Josiah Stowell, and Joseph Knight Sr. to travel to Upper Canada to secure a publisher. There, in Kingston, Ontario, and later in York (now Toronto), they were unable to find a publisher willing to purchase a copyright.
Although mentioned in several reminiscenses, the text of this revelation remained unknown until Revelation Book 1 became available. There it is identified as “23 Commandment AD 1830” and was recorded by John Whitmer between March and June 1831. No other copies are extant.

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