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Letter to Edward Partridge, 5 December 1833

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JS first made this point in a letter dated 18 August 1833: “It is the will of the Lord that . . . not one foot of land perchased should be given to the enimies of God or sold to them.” JS dictated a revelation eleven days after this 5 December letter was written that gave the same directive: “It is my will that my people should claim and hold claim upon that which I have appointed unto them though they should not be permited to dwell thereon.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833; Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:99].)  


evry exertion should be to maintain the cause you have espoused and to contribute to the necessities of one another as much as possable in this your great calamity and remember not to murmur at the dealings of God with his creature you are not as yet brought into as trying circumstances as were the ancient Prophets & apostles Call to mind a Daniel27

See Daniel 6:4–23.  


the three Hebrew Children,28

See Daniel chap. 3.  


Jeremiah29

See Lamentations 3:1–21.  


Paul30

See 2 Corinthians 11:23–27.  


Stephen31

See Acts 7:54–60.  


and many more too numerous to mention who were stoned sawn asunder tempted slain with the sword and wandered about in sheep skins & goat skins being destitute afflicted tormented of whom the world was not worthy. they wandered in deserts and in mountains and in dens and caves of the earth yet they all obtained a good report through faith32

See Hebrews 11:37–39.  


and amidst all their afflictions they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to receive persecution for Christs sake33

See Acts 5:41.  


we know not what we shall be called to pass through before 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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is delivered and established therefore we have great need to live near to God and always be in strict obedience to all his commandments

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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that we may have a concience void of offense towards God and man,34

See Acts 24:16.  


It is your privelege to use every lawful means in your power to seek redress for your grievances of your enemies and prosecute them to the extent of the Law35

See Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833; and Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:81–89]; see also Historical Introduction to Letter, 30 Oct. 1833.  


but it will be impossable for us to render you any assistance in a temporal point of view as our means are already exhausted and are deeply in debt and know no means whereby we shall be able to extricate ourselves;36

In the months before JS wrote this letter, church leaders took on a large amount of debt in order to purchase land and acquire a new printing press and type to replace what had been damaged during the violence in Jackson County on 20 July 1833. (See Minutes, 23 Mar. 1833–A; Minutes, 11 Sept. 1833; F. G. Williams and Company, Account Book, 1; Frederick G. Williams, Kirtland, OH, to “Dear Brethren,” 10 Oct. 1833, in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 56–60; and Oliver Cowdery, Kirtland Mills, OH, to Ambrose Palmer, New Portage, OH, 30 Oct. 1833, in Cowdery, Letterbook, 8–9.)  


The inhabitants of this county

Located in northeastern Ohio, south of Lake Erie. Rivers in area include Grand, Chagrin, and Cuyahoga. Settled mostly by New Englanders, beginning 1798. Formed from Trumbull Co., 1 Mar. 1806. Chardon established as county seat, 1808. Population in 1830 about...

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without,26

JS first made this point in a letter dated 18 August 1833: “It is the will of the Lord that . . . not one foot of land perchased should be given to the enimies of God or sold to them.” JS dictated a revelation eleven days after this 5 December letter was written that gave the same directive: “It is my will that my people should claim and hold claim upon that which I have appointed unto them though they should not be permited to dwell thereon.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833; Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:99].)  


evry exertion should be to maintain  the cause you have espoused and to contribute to  the necessities of one another as much as possable  in this your great calamity and remember  not to murmur at the dealings of God with  his creature you are not as yet brought  into as trying circumstances as were the  ancient Prophets & apostles Call to mind a  Daniel27

See Daniel 6:4–23.  


the three Hebrew Children,28

See Daniel chap. 3.  


Jeremiah29

See Lamentations 3:1–21.  


 Paul30

See 2 Corinthians 11:23–27.  


Stephen31

See Acts 7:54–60.  


and many more too numerous  to mention who were stoned sawn asunder  tempted slain with the sword and wandered  about in sheep skins & goat skins being  destitute afflicted tormented of whom  the world was not worthy. they wandered  in deserts and in mountains and in dens  and caves of the earth yet they all obtained  a good report through faith32

See Hebrews 11:37–39.  


and amidst all  their afflictions they rejoiced that they were  <counted> worthy to receive persecution for Christs sake33

See Acts 5:41.  


 we know not what we shall be called to pass  through before 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 ...

View Glossary
is delivered and established  therefore we have great need to live near  to God and always be in strict obedience  to all his commandments

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...

View Glossary
that we may  have a concience void of offense towards  God and man,34

See Acts 24:16.  


It is your privelege to  use every lawful means in your power  to seek redress for your grievances of your  enemies and prosecute them to the extent  of the Law35

See Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833; and Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:81–89]; see also Historical Introduction to Letter, 30 Oct. 1833.  


but it will be impossable for us  to render you any assistance in a temporal  point of view as our means are already  exhausted and are deeply in debt and know  no means whereby we shall be able to extri cate ourselves;36

In the months before JS wrote this letter, church leaders took on a large amount of debt in order to purchase land and acquire a new printing press and type to replace what had been damaged during the violence in Jackson County on 20 July 1833. (See Minutes, 23 Mar. 1833–A; Minutes, 11 Sept. 1833; F. G. Williams and Company, Account Book, 1; Frederick G. Williams, Kirtland, OH, to “Dear Brethren,” 10 Oct. 1833, in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 56–60; and Oliver Cowdery, Kirtland Mills, OH, to Ambrose Palmer, New Portage, OH, 30 Oct. 1833, in Cowdery, Letterbook, 8–9.)  


The inhabitants of this county

Located in northeastern Ohio, south of Lake Erie. Rivers in area include Grand, Chagrin, and Cuyahoga. Settled mostly by New Englanders, beginning 1798. Formed from Trumbull Co., 1 Mar. 1806. Chardon established as county seat, 1808. Population in 1830 about...

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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 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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, Liberty

Located in western Missouri, thirteen miles north of Independence. Settled 1820. Clay Co. seat, 1822. Incorporated as town, May 1829. Following expulsion from Jackson Co., 1833, many Latter-day Saints found refuge in Clay Co., with church leaders and other...

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, Clay Co., MO, 5 Dec. 1833. Retained copy, [ca. 5 Dec. 1833], in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 65–70; 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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