Journal, March–September 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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unto him thou art my son come here, and immedia tely he was caught up in the Chariot and rode away  triumphantly out of their midst and again the Lord  said I will raise th[ee] up for a blessing unto many  people Now the particulars of this whole matter cannot  be writen at this time but the vision was evidently  given to me that I might know that the hand of the  Lord would be on his behalf
J Smith Jr
I transmit to you the folowing motto of the Recorded on  Pages 16 & 17 of J Smith Jr Scriptory Record Book  A. We left 30 miles this side of   in consequence of the sickness of  Br. s wife, on yesterday  arrived here who informed us that his father in  Law () was at detained there  on account of the ill health of his wife, They will  probaly be here soon, Choice seeds of all kinds of fruit  also Choice breed of Cattle would be in much  demand also, best blood of horses garden seeds  of every description also hay seed of all sorts, all  of these are much needed in this place
Verry respetfully I subscribe myself your  servent in Christ our Lord & Savior
Joseph Smith Jr
of the Church of
Jesus Christ of
Latterday Saints

Editorial Note
The following letter, which concerns a potential land purchase, interrupts the series of documents dealing with dissenting church leaders. After transcribing this letter, copied in four more documents in that series. Despite the “solution” to the “Mormon problem” in —namely, Caldwell County, and only Caldwell County, for the Mormons—by early 1838 shrewd observers of northwest Missouri saw the potential for competition between the Latter-day Saints and their neighbors beyond Caldwell County. In this letter , an owner of land in Carroll County, suggested that the Latter-day Saints purchase land in that area as a strategic site for settlement and commerce. Thomas’s letter introduced JS to , who visited JS on 1 April 1838. Church leaders later met with Thomas and Root and eventually agreed to purchase land from Root at , where Saints proceeded to settle.

Letter from David Thomas • 31 March 1838

Mo. March 31st 1838
Respected Sir
Permit me to introduce to  your acquaintance Mr of  near this place on His buisness I  am unacquainted with, Though any thing he may  say to you, you may put the most implisit conf idence in, as I have allways found him to be  a man of truth & honor, neither have I ever [p. 26]
unto him thou art my son come here, and immediately he was caught up in the Chariot and rode away triumphantly out of their midst and again the Lord said I will raise thee up for a blessing unto many people Now the particulars of this whole matter cannot be writen at this time but the vision was evidently given to me that I might know that the hand of the Lord would be on his behalf
J Smith Jr
I transmit to you the folowing motto of the Recorded on Pages 16 & 17 of J Smith Jr Scriptory Record Book A. We left 30 miles this side of in consequence of the sickness of Br. s wife, on yesterday arrived here who informed us that his father in Law () was at detained there on account of the ill health of his wife, They will probaly be here soon, Choice seeds of all kinds of fruit also Choice breed of Cattle would be in much demand also, best blood of horses garden seeds of every description also hay seed of all sorts, all of these are much needed in this place
Verry respetfully I subscribe myself your servent in Christ our Lord & Savior
Joseph Smith Jr
of the Church of
Jesus Christ of
Latterday Saints

Editorial Note
The following letter, which concerns a potential land purchase, interrupts the series of documents dealing with dissenting church leaders. After transcribing this letter, copied in four more documents in that series. Despite the “solution” to the “Mormon problem” in —namely, Caldwell County, and only Caldwell County, for the Mormons—by early 1838 shrewd observers of northwest Missouri saw the potential for competition between the Latter-day Saints and their neighbors beyond Caldwell County. In this letter , an owner of land in Carroll County, suggested that the Latter-day Saints purchase land in that area as a strategic site for settlement and commerce. Thomas’s letter introduced JS to , who visited JS on 1 April 1838. Church leaders later met with Thomas and Root and eventually agreed to purchase land from Root at , where Saints proceeded to settle.

Letter from David Thomas • 31 March 1838

Mo. March 31st 1838
Respected Sir
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Mr of near this place on His buisness I am unacquainted with, Though any thing he may say to you, you may put the most implisit confidence in, as I have allways found him to be a man of truth & honor, neither have I ever [p. 26]
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