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Letter from Joseph Bosworth, 17 February 1834

and in my travils I Came to a house Some where East of this place. where many of our Breathren were, and the house was Closed and the Breathren were fasting and praying— I Saw a man out Side of the house who told me that he was to watch till morning. Just at Day break while it was yet hardly Light enough to See the Doors of the house wrere opened the Breathren who had ben in the house and were then in the house and out at this Door were Leeping Shouting and praising God beyond any thing that I ever Saw or heard— I thought they had received Something in the house Like a powerfull Shock of Elecrisity electricity in which Great Misteries of God had ben unfolded. they understood all the Defects of a pretended religion or religions among men and Some of them talked So Ernist and Said thing which I remember now and Ever Shall, while a white Spittle flew out of many of there Mouths the misteries of the Gospel the misteries of Godliness and the misteries of Eternity Seemed to be understood Instantaneously and many of our Breathren were there who now Live in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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many of whom I have Seen and Know them
Glory be to God on high and here at this great Scene my Breathren the full interpitations was understood of all that God had Shown me in my Vision and even I felt my Self clothed with the Knowledge of God. -[My Dear Breathren my heart Doth throb my Soul now Leaps for Joy. and my tears hide my paper and Shall have to lay Down my pen. O the goodness of God— My Dear Breathren and Sisters Do offer up our prayer to God in my behalf]- I now proceede again with my Last Vision— immediately following after I Left this place where the Breathren were gethered for this Sollom Scene. I Saw my Self five or Six hundred Miles East in the State of new york

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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in a Large Village— -[the Scene that I went through there I Shall have entirely to Omit and many other things as my paper will not hold out—]- Dear Br 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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in my travels I Came where I found our old Br Walter Scott

31 Oct. 1796–23 Apr. 1861. Teacher, minister/preacher, editor/publisher, author. Born in Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Son of John Scott and Mary Innes. Raised Calvinist. Studied music at University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. Immigrated to U.S., ca. 1818...

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Walter Scott (1796–1861) was a prominent evangelist and writer in Alexander Campbell’s Disciples of Christ movement. After leaving Pittsburgh’s First Baptist Church in August 1824, Rigdon was “on terms of the greatest friendship” with Scott and Campbell for a time. (Hayden, Early History of the Disciples in the Western Reserve, 63–64; Foster et al., Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, 673–679; JS History, vol. A-1, 64.)  


and in Conversation with him he yealded to me and we Clasped Each other in our arms and it Seem to me that we farely Melted together on which he wilted all Down in my arms and fell back on the ground I on Top of him [p. [3]]
and in my travils I Came to a house Some where  East of this place. where many of our Breathren  were, and the house was Closed and the Breathren  were fasting and praying— I Saw a man out Side  of the house who told me that he was to watch till  morning. Just at Day break while it was yet  hardly Light enough to See the Doors of the house  wrere opened the Breathren who had ben in the house  and were then in the house and out at this Door  were Leeping Shouting and praising God beyond any  thing that I ever Saw or heard— I thought the<y> had  received Something in the house Like a powerfull  Shock of Elecrisity [electricity] in which Great Misteries of  God had ben unfolded. they understood all the Defects  of a pretended religion or religions among men  and Some of them talked So Ernist and Said thing  which I remember now and Ever Shall, while a  white Spittle flew of out of many of there Mouths  the misteries of the Gospel the misteries <of> Godliness and the3

TEXT: Possibly “<and the>”.  


 misteries of Eternity Seemed to be understood Instan[tan]eously  and many of our Breathren were there who now Live  in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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many of <whom I> have Seen and Know them
Glory be to God on high and here at this great  Scene my Breathren the full interpitations was  understood of all that God had Shown me in my Vision  and even I felt my Self clothed <with> the Knowledge of God.  -[My Dear Breathren my heart Doth throb my Soul now  Leaps for Joy. and my tears hide my paper and Shall  have to lay Down my pen. O the goodness of God—  My Dear Breathren and Sisters Do offer up our pr[a]yer  to in <God in> my behalf]- I now proceede again with my  Last Vision— immediately following after I Left  this place where the Breathren were gethered for this  Sollom Scene. I Saw my Self five or Six hundred  Miles East in the State of new york

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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in a Large  Village— -[the <Scene> that I went through there I Shall have  entirely <to> Omit and many other things as <my> paper will not  hold out—]- Dear Br 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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in my travels I Came a where  I found our old Br Walter Scott

31 Oct. 1796–23 Apr. 1861. Teacher, minister/preacher, editor/publisher, author. Born in Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Son of John Scott and Mary Innes. Raised Calvinist. Studied music at University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. Immigrated to U.S., ca. 1818...

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Walter Scott (1796–1861) was a prominent evangelist and writer in Alexander Campbell’s Disciples of Christ movement. After leaving Pittsburgh’s First Baptist Church in August 1824, Rigdon was “on terms of the greatest friendship” with Scott and Campbell for a time. (Hayden, Early History of the Disciples in the Western Reserve, 63–64; Foster et al., Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, 673–679; JS History, vol. A-1, 64.)  


and in Conversation with  him he yealded to me and we Clasped Each other in our  arms and it Seem to me that we farely Melted  together on which he wilted all Down in my arms  and fell back on the ground I on Top of him [p. [3]]
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In this letter, Joseph Bosworth

6 Mar. 1790–16 July 1850. Farmer. Born at Scituate, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Son of Benajah Bosworth. Moved to Burlington, Otsego Co., New York, by 1800. Married Lucina Hopkins, 17 May 1815. Moved to Copley, Medina Co., Ohio, by 1818. Baptized into LDS...

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recounted two visions he experienced the night of 16 February 1834, one week after meeting with JS and others at a conference in New Portage

Settled by 1815. Population severely diminished by epidemic, possibly typhus, in late 1820s. Mormon missionaries visited and preached at many meetings in town, by 1831. Large branch of LDS church organized, early 1830s. JS attended several church conferences...

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, Medina County, Ohio.1 As the letter indicated, Bosworth was a former associate 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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and Walter Scott

31 Oct. 1796–23 Apr. 1861. Teacher, minister/preacher, editor/publisher, author. Born in Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Son of John Scott and Mary Innes. Raised Calvinist. Studied music at University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. Immigrated to U.S., ca. 1818...

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, two men who before joining the Church of Christ

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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had been associated with Alexander Campbell

12 Sept. 1788–4 Mar. 1866. Teacher, minister, magazine publisher, college president. Born near Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland. Son of Thomas Campbell and Jane Corneigle. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, 1808. Immigrated to Buffalo ...

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’s religious movement. Bosworth’s association with Rigdon and Scott suggests that he too had been involved with Campbell and the Disciples of Christ. Bosworth’s belief in the reality of visions—as opposed to Campbell’s disregard for such experiences in modern times2

Alexander Campbell, “A Restoration of the Ancient Order of Things, No. I,” Christian Baptist, 7 Feb. 1825, 50; Alexander Campbell, “The Creed Question,” Christian Baptist, 2 Apr. 1827, 197.  


—may have influenced his decision to join the Church of Christ. Bosworth’s probable familiarity with at least some of JS’s visionary experiences—including his and Rigdon’s “Vision” of 16 February 1832, published in the July 1832 issue of The Evening and the Morning Star3

Vision, 16 Feb. 1832, in “A Vision,” The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1832, [2]–[3] [D&C 76].  


—may have contributed to his desire to share his own visions with church leaders in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio. No response to Bosworth’s letter has been located.

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