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Revelation, February 1829 [D&C 4]

A revalation from the Lord unto Jos

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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[page damaged]1

This heading likely named Joseph Smith Sr. as the recipient. It is unknown whether Partridge or someone else first created this heading.  


AD 1829
Saying now behold a marvelous work is about to come among the [page damaged] children2

Missing text supplied from Revelation Book 1, p. 2.  


of men3

See Isaiah 29:14.  


Therefore O ye that embark in the service of God see that ye serve him with all your heart might mind & strenght4

See, for example, Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 106, 156, 587 [2 Nephi 25:29; Mosiah 2:11; Moroni 10:32].  


that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day therefore if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work for behold the field is white already to harvest5

See John 4:35.  


& lo he that thursteth in his sickle6

See Revelation 14:15–16.  


with his might the same layeth up his store that he perish not but bringeth Salvation to his soul & faith hope charity & love with an eye single to the glory of God constitutes7

The Book of Commandments has “qualifies,” possibly reflecting wording from the nonextant portion of Revelation Book 1. (Book of Commandments 3:1 [D&C 4:5].)  


him for the work remember temperance patience humility diligence &C.8

This “etcetera” likely signaled to readers that it was standing in for the fuller description in 2 Peter 1:5–7. Later, editors of the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants replaced “&C” with the entire list of virtues from 2 Peter: “Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.” (Doctrine and Covenants 31:2, 1835 ed. [D&C 4:6].)  


Ask & ye shall receive knock & it shall be opened unto you9

See Matthew 7:7–8.  


amen [p. [1]]
A revalation from the Lord unto Jos

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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[page damaged]1

This heading likely named Joseph Smith Sr. as the recipient. It is unknown whether Partridge or someone else first created this heading.  


AD 1829
Saying now behold a marvelous work is about to come among the [page damaged]  [children]2

Missing text supplied from Revelation Book 1, p. 2.  


of men3

See Isaiah 29:14.  


Therefore O ye that embark in the service of God see that ye serve  him with all your heart mind might mind & strenght4

See, for example, Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 106, 156, 587 [2 Nephi 25:29; Mosiah 2:11; Moroni 10:32].  


that ye may stand  blameless before God at the last day therefore if ye have desires to serve  God ye are called to the work for behold the field is white already  to harvest5

See John 4:35.  


& lo he that thursteth in his sickle6

See Revelation 14:15–16.  


with his might  the same layeth up his store that he perish not but bringeth  Salvation to his own soul & faith hope charity & love with an  eye single to the glory of God constitutes7

The Book of Commandments has “qualifies,” possibly reflecting wording from the nonextant portion of Revelation Book 1. (Book of Commandments 3:1 [D&C 4:5].)  


him for the work  remember temperance patience humility diligence &C.8

This “etcetera” likely signaled to readers that it was standing in for the fuller description in 2 Peter 1:5–7. Later, editors of the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants replaced “&C” with the entire list of virtues from 2 Peter: “Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.” (Doctrine and Covenants 31:2, 1835 ed. [D&C 4:6].)  


Ask & ye shall receive knock & it shall be opened unto  you9

See Matthew 7:7–8.  


amen [p. [1]]
Revelation, Harmony Township

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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, Susquehanna Co., PA, to Joseph Smith Sr.

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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, [Feb.] 1829. Featured version, titled “A revalation from the Lord unto Jos[eph Smith]

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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AD 1829,” copied [between ca. Dec. 1830 and spring 1831]; handwriting of Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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; one page; Edward Partridge, Copies of Revelations, ca. Dec. 1830–spring 1831, CHL.
This text is the last extant item copied by Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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in what likely would have been an eight-leaf collection of sacred writings. The extant collection contains a copy of the Old Testament revision by JS.1

The eight-leaf collection is missing the first four leaves, which would have contained the first several chapters of the Old Testament revision. The extant pages begin abruptly with current Moses 6:21 and finish with the material corresponding with Genesis 9:16. Factoring in the average word count per page for the extant portion of the Bible revision and counting the total number of words of the missing portion shows that the text would have likely fit on four leaves, or eight pages. In addition, sewing marks on the four extant leaves may indicate that at least four additional leaves existed as conjugate leaves. Finally, the last leaf bears the marks of wear common on exposed leaves in a folded packet, indicating that it likely was the final leaf. (See Old Testament Revision 1, pp. 12–21, 23–24 [Moses 6:21–8:30; Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 9:1–16].)  


Immediately following the Old Testament material is a copy of Revelation, August 1830 [D&C 27], followed by the featured revelation published below. Also in the same collection, a damaged leaf, apparently separate from this early notebook, contains Revelation, 6 April 1830 [D&C 21]; Revelation, September 1830–F [D&C 31]; and Revelation, October 1830–B [D&C 33]. Only four leaves of the likely original eight leaves are extant. A full leaf measures 12⅝ × 7⅝ inches (32 × 19 cm); the top quarter of the final leaf is missing.
Physical evidence links these revelations to other papers that were in possession of the Partridge family until at least the mid-1880s, sometime after which they came into the possession of the Church Historian’s Office.2

Some of Partridge’s personal papers came into the Church Historian’s Office piecemeal. This item was part of a group of materials published by the family in 1884 that all have similar physical damage not found on earlier manuscripts donated to the Church Historian’s Office, likely indicating that the papers were kept and donated separately. (See Orson F. Whitney, “The Aaronic Priesthood,” Contributor, Oct. 1884, 6:1–9.)  


No explicit copy date was written on the extant portion of the manuscript. If this was an assemblage of texts copied by Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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for his Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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neighbors, the copies could have been made as early as December 1830. However, the Old Testament material that Partridge copied may not have been created until early 1831, pushing forward the creation date of these documents. It seems likely, given the material copied, that these copies were made shortly after the documents were created in late 1830 or early 1831. If the version featured below was penned in the spring of 1831, both this version and the version found in Revelation Book 1 would have been created about the same time. This version is featured rather than the Revelation Book 1 version because the page in Revelation Book 1 on which this revelation concludes was removed from that volume at some point and is no longer extant. The text of the revelation found in the Partridge manuscript, therefore, is the earliest complete, extant version.

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