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Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 21 April 1833

of his goodness in preserving our unprofitable lives2

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 157 [Mosiah 2:21].  


to the present time and the health and other blessing which we now enjoy through his mercies— With Joy we received your general epistle writen the 26 of Feby which contained the conffescion of our brethren concerned3

The men in the “special council of High Priests,” which prepared the letter containing “the conffescion of our brethren” from Missouri leaders to JS in Kirtland, were Wheeler Baldwin, Calvin Beebe, Simeon Carter, John Corrill, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Dustin, Sidney Gilbert, Solomon Hancock, Levi Jackman, Newel Knight, Thomas B. Marsh, Isaac Morley, Edward Partridge, William W. Phelps, Daniel Stanton, Harvey Whitlock, David Whitmer, John Whitmer, Peter Whitmer Jr., and Lyman Wight. (Minute Book 2, 26 Feb. 1833.)  


all of which was to our entire satisfaction it was read by the Brethren 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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with feelings of the deepest interest knowing as we did that the anger of the Lord was kindled against you and nothing but repentance of the greatest humility would turn it away4

A revelation dictated in September 1832 called for church members to “repent of ther former evil works” and for church leaders in Missouri to repent specifically “for there rebellion” against JS. By this time, JS had also sent several letters to Missouri calling the leaders to repentance. For instance, in his January letter to William W. Phelps, JS wrote, “Repent, repent, is the voice of God, to Zion . . . hear the warning. voice of God lest Zion fall.” He added, “The Brethren in Kirtland pray for you unceasingly, for knowing the terrors of the Lord, they greatly fear for you.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:76]; Letter to William W. Phelps, 31 July 1832; Letter to William W. Phelps, 27 Nov. 1832; Letter to William W. Phelps, 11 Jan. 1833.)  


and I will assure you that expressions of Joy beemed on evry countenance when they saw that our epistle and the revelation5 was received by our brethren in Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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& it had its desired effect6

JS repeated this sentiment in a letter to Bishop Edward Partridge approximately ten days later: “Be assured that we all feel thankful, that the brethren in Zion are beginning to humble themselves, & trying to keep the commandments of the Lord.” (Letter to Edward Partridge, 2 May 1833.)  


For your satisfaction I insert here a revelation given to 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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the 15th of March 1833 constituting him a member of the United firm

An organization that supervised the management of church enterprises and properties from 1832 to 1834. In March and April 1832, revelations directed that the church’s publishing and mercantile endeavors be organized. In accordance with this direction, the...

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Revelation, 15 Mar. 1833 [D&C 92]. Half of the members of the United Firm resided in Missouri. Because of their location, they would not have yet known about this decision, made in Kirtland, to appoint Williams a member of the United Firm.  


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Verely thus saith the Lord I give unto the united firm (organized agreeable to the commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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previously given) a revelation and commandment concerning my servant Frederick

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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that ye shall receive him into the firm, what I say unto one I say unto all, and again I say unto you my my servant Frederick

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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thou shalt be a lively member in this firm and inasmuch as thou art faithful in keeping all former commandments thou shalt be blessed for ever Amen
With respect to Bro Sidney Gilbert

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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s letter of the 10 Dec8

This letter has not been located.  


I would say to him as follows firstly we received the letter with this [p. 33]
of his goodness in preserving our unprofitable  lives2

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 157 [Mosiah 2:21].  


to the present time and the health and  other blessing which we now enjoy through his  mercies— With Joy we received your letter  general epistle writen the 26 of Feby which con tained the conffescion of our brethren concerned3

The men in the “special council of High Priests,” which prepared the letter containing “the conffescion of our brethren” from Missouri leaders to JS in Kirtland, were Wheeler Baldwin, Calvin Beebe, Simeon Carter, John Corrill, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Dustin, Sidney Gilbert, Solomon Hancock, Levi Jackman, Newel Knight, Thomas B. Marsh, Isaac Morley, Edward Partridge, William W. Phelps, Daniel Stanton, Harvey Whitlock, David Whitmer, John Whitmer, Peter Whitmer Jr., and Lyman Wight. (Minute Book 2, 26 Feb. 1833.)  


all of  which was to our entire satisfaction it was read by  the Brethren 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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with feelings of the  deepest interest knowing as we did that the anger  of the Lord was kindled against you and [no]thing  but repentance of of the greatest humility would  turn it away4

A revelation dictated in September 1832 called for church members to “repent of ther former evil works” and for church leaders in Missouri to repent specifically “for there rebellion” against JS. By this time, JS had also sent several letters to Missouri calling the leaders to repentance. For instance, in his January letter to William W. Phelps, JS wrote, “Repent, repent, is the voice of God, to Zion . . . hear the warning. voice of God lest Zion fall.” He added, “The Brethren in Kirtland pray for you unceasingly, for knowing the terrors of the Lord, they greatly fear for you.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:76]; Letter to William W. Phelps, 31 July 1832; Letter to William W. Phelps, 27 Nov. 1832; Letter to William W. Phelps, 11 Jan. 1833.)  


and I will assure you that  expressions of Joy beemed on evry countenance  when they saw that our epistle and the  revelation5 was received by our brethren in  Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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& it had its desired effect6

JS repeated this sentiment in a letter to Bishop Edward Partridge approximately ten days later: “Be assured that we all feel thankful, that the brethren in Zion are beginning to humble themselves, & trying to keep the commandments of the Lord.” (Letter to Edward Partridge, 2 May 1833.)  


For your satisfaction I insert here  a revelation given to 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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the  15th of March 1833 constituting him a  member of the United firm

An organization that supervised the management of church enterprises and properties from 1832 to 1834. In March and April 1832, revelations directed that the church’s publishing and mercantile endeavors be organized. In accordance with this direction, the...

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7

Revelation, 15 Mar. 1833 [D&C 92]. Half of the members of the United Firm resided in Missouri. Because of their location, they would not have yet known about this decision, made in Kirtland, to appoint Williams a member of the United Firm.  


—— 
Verely thus saith the Lord I give unto  the united firm (organized agreeable to  the commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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previously given)  a revelation and commandment  concerning my servant Frederick

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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 that ye shall receive him into the  firm, what I say unto one I say unto  all, and again I say unto you my  my servant Frederick

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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thou shalt  be a lively member in this firm  and inasmuch as thou art faithful  in keeping all former commandments  thou shalt be blessed for ever Amen
With respect to Bro [Sidney] Gilbert

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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s letter of  the 10 Dec8

This letter has not been located.  


I would say to him as follows  firstly we received the letter with this [p. 33]
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JS, 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 in Zion,” [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], 21 Apr. 1833. Retained copy, [ca. 21 Apr. 1833], in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 32–36; 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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