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Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 2 July 1833

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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is good at present no case of sickness known to us, Bro Horace Kingsbury

Ca. 1798–12 Mar. 1853. Jeweler, silversmith. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Dianthe Stiles, 20 July 1826. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1827. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder by John P. Greene, 9 Dec. 1832. Elected Painesville trustee...

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s wife is declining fast and cannot continue much longer but will soon be in the paradise of God,2

Dianthe Stiles Kingsbury died at Painesville, Ohio, on 19 August 1833. (Kingsbury, Pendulous Edition of Kingsbury Genealogy, 230.)  


we are engaged in writing a letter to Eugine

Located in west central part of state, about three miles from Illinois border and about seventy miles west of Indianapolis. Population in 1840 about 1,000. Population in 1850 about 1,700. Included Eugene village; population in 1840 about 400. Branch of LDS...

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Letter to Church Leaders in Eugene, IN, 2 July 1833. “Eugine” refers to the branch of the church in Eugene Township, Vermillion County, Indiana.  


respecting the two Smiths as we have received two from them one from John Smith the other from the Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of the Church.4 As to the gift of tongues, all we can say is that in this place we have received it5

JS and other men and women spoke in tongues at a conference of high priests on 22 January 1833. The conference reconvened the following morning, at which time attendees spoke, prayed, and sang in tongues. (Minutes, 22–23 Jan. 1833.)  


as the ancients did6

See, for example, Acts 2:4; 19:6.  


we wish you however to be careful lest in this you be deceived guard against evils which may arise from any accounts given of women or otherwise be careful in all things lest any root of bitterness spring up among you and thereby many be defiled. Satan will no doubt trouble you about the Gift of tongues unless you are careful you cannot watch him too closly nor pray too much may the Lord give you wisdom in all things, in a letter mailed last week you will doubtless before you receive this have obtained information about the new translation.7

JS’s translation of the Bible, which was completed this day. The 25 June 1833 letter states, “In regard to the printing of the New translation it cannot be done until we can attend to it ourselves, and this we will do as soon as the Lord permit.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833.)  


Consign the Box of the book of Commandments to NK Whitney & Co

A partnership between Newel K. Whitney and Sidney Gilbert; later the branch of the United Firm responsible for overseeing the church’s mercantile endeavors in Kirtland, Ohio. In late 1826 or early 1827, Whitney and Gilbert established this partnership to ...

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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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Geauga Co Ohio care of Killy and Walworth Cleaveland

Cuyahoga Co. seat of justice, 1833. Situated on south shore of Lake Erie, just east of mouth of Cuyahoga River. First settled, 1797. Incorporated as village, 1815; incorporated as city, 1836. Became center of business and trade at opening of Ohio and Erie...

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Cuyahoga County Ohio,8

Probably Thomas M. Kelley and Ashbel W. Walworth, who were engaged in the shipping industry in Cleveland. (Kelley, Genealogical History of the Kelley Family, 88; “Pioneer Father and Son: John Walworth and Ashbel W. Walworth,” 665.)  


I 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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write this in great haste in answer to yours to Bro Joseph as I am going off immediately in company with Bro Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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, to proclaim the gospel we think of starting to morrow9

It is unknown if Rigdon and Williams went on a preaching tour as planned or where they may have traveled. Williams served as the clerk for a meeting in Kirtland held on 13 July, suggesting that any traveling he and Rigdon did at this time was relatively local. (Minutes, 13 July 1833.)  


having finished the translation of the bible a few hours since and needing some recreation we know of no way we can spend our time more to divine exceptence then endevoring to build up his Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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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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is good at present no case of sickness  known to us, Bro [Horace] Kingsbury

Ca. 1798–12 Mar. 1853. Jeweler, silversmith. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Dianthe Stiles, 20 July 1826. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1827. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder by John P. Greene, 9 Dec. 1832. Elected Painesville trustee...

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s wife is declining  fast and cannot continue much longer but  will soon be in the paradise of God,2

Dianthe Stiles Kingsbury died at Painesville, Ohio, on 19 August 1833. (Kingsbury, Pendulous Edition of Kingsbury Genealogy, 230.)  


we  are engaged in writing a letter to Eugine

Located in west central part of state, about three miles from Illinois border and about seventy miles west of Indianapolis. Population in 1840 about 1,000. Population in 1850 about 1,700. Included Eugene village; population in 1840 about 400. Branch of LDS...

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Letter to Church Leaders in Eugene, IN, 2 July 1833. “Eugine” refers to the branch of the church in Eugene Township, Vermillion County, Indiana.  


 respecting the two Smith[s] as we have received  two from them one from John Smith the  other from the Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of the Church.4 As to  the gift of tongues, all we can say is  that in this place we have received it5

JS and other men and women spoke in tongues at a conference of high priests on 22 January 1833. The conference reconvened the following morning, at which time attendees spoke, prayed, and sang in tongues. (Minutes, 22–23 Jan. 1833.)  


 as the ancients did6

See, for example, Acts 2:4; 19:6.  


we wish you however  to be careful lest in this you be deceived  guard against evils which may arise from  any accounts given of women or otherwise  be careful in all things lest any root of  bitterness spring up among you and thereby  many be defiled. Satan will no doubt trouble  you about the Gift of tongues unless you  are careful you cannot watch him too  closly nor pray to[o] much may the Lord give  you wisdom in all things, in a letter mailed  last week you will doubtless see before you  receive this <have> obtained information about the  new translation.7

JS’s translation of the Bible, which was completed this day. The 25 June 1833 letter states, “In regard to the printing of the New translation it cannot be done until we can attend to it ourselves, and this we will do as soon as the Lord permit.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833.)  


Consign the Box of the  book of the Commandments to NK Whitney  & Co

A partnership between Newel K. Whitney and Sidney Gilbert; later the branch of the United Firm responsible for overseeing the church’s mercantile endeavors in Kirtland, Ohio. In late 1826 or early 1827, Whitney and Gilbert established this partnership to ...

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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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Geauga Co Ohio care of  Killy and Walworth Cleaveland

Cuyahoga Co. seat of justice, 1833. Situated on south shore of Lake Erie, just east of mouth of Cuyahoga River. First settled, 1797. Incorporated as village, 1815; incorporated as city, 1836. Became center of business and trade at opening of Ohio and Erie...

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Cuyahoga  County Ohio,8

Probably Thomas M. Kelley and Ashbel W. Walworth, who were engaged in the shipping industry in Cleveland. (Kelley, Genealogical History of the Kelley Family, 88; “Pioneer Father and Son: John Walworth and Ashbel W. Walworth,” 665.)  


I 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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write this in great  haste in answer to yours to Bro Joseph as  I am going off immediately in company  with Bro Frederick [G. Williams]

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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, to proclaim the gospel  we think of starting to morrow9

It is unknown if Rigdon and Williams went on a preaching tour as planned or where they may have traveled. Williams served as the clerk for a meeting in Kirtland held on 13 July, suggesting that any traveling he and Rigdon did at this time was relatively local. (Minutes, 13 July 1833.)  


having finished  the translation of the bible a few hours since  and needing some recreation we know of no  way we can spend our time more to divine  exceptence then endevoring to build up <his> Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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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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, JS, and Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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, Letter, Kirtland Township

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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, Geauga Co., OH, to “Brethren,” [Jackson Co.

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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, Mo.], 2 July 1833. Retained copy, [ca. 2 July 1833], in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 51–54; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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; JS Collection, CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 1.

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