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Letter to Edward Partridge, 5 December 1833

contend for it to the last, you will recollect that the Lord has said that 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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should not be moved out of her place43

Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:37]; Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:19]. Less than two weeks later JS dictated another revelation that reiterated this point: “Zion shall not be moved out of her place notwithstanding her children are scattered.” (Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:17].)  


therefore the land should not be sold but held by the brethren until the Lord in his wisdom opens a way for your return and until that time if you can purchase a tract of Land in Clay

Settled ca. 1800. Organized from Ray Co., 1822. Original size diminished when land was taken to create several surrounding counties. Liberty designated county seat, 1822. Population in 1830 about 5,000; in 1836 about 8,500; and in 1840 about 8,300. Refuge...

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for present imergenes it is right you should do so if you can do it and not sell your Land in Jackson county

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Edward Partridge had purchased about 2,100 acres of land in Jackson County for the church; a number of individual members of the Church of Christ had also purchased lots in Independence. Deed books show that between 1834 and 1837, at least fourteen church members purchased land in Clay County, totaling approximately 990 acres. Combined with Partridge’s land, church members owned nearly 3,100 acres in Missouri. (See Clay Co., MO, Deed Records, 1822–1890, vol. D, pp. 23–25, 75–78, 197–198, 225–226, 246–247, 256–257, microfilm 955,264; vol. E, pp. 21–22, 42–43, 46–47, 118, 242–243, 399, microfilm 955,265; vol. F, pp. 28–29, microfilm 955,265, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  


it is not safe for us to send you a writen revelation on the subject but what is writen above is according to wisdom,45

Eleven days later, JS dictated a revelation that directly addressed the issue of church-owned lands in Jackson County: “Therefore 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.” (Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:99].)  


I haste to a close to give room for Bro Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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If Oliver Cowdery wrote a postscript to the original letter, it was not copied into the letterbook version featured here.  


and remain yours in the bonds of the new and everlasting covenant

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Joseph Smith J
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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contend for it to the last, you will recollect  that the Lord has said that 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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should not  be moved out of her place43

Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:37]; Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:19]. Less than two weeks later JS dictated another revelation that reiterated this point: “Zion shall not be moved out of her place notwithstanding her children are scattered.” (Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:17].)  


therefore the land  should not be sold but held by the brethren  until the Lord of in his wisdom opens a way  for your return and until that time if  you can purchase a tract of Land in Clay

Settled ca. 1800. Organized from Ray Co., 1822. Original size diminished when land was taken to create several surrounding counties. Liberty designated county seat, 1822. Population in 1830 about 5,000; in 1836 about 8,500; and in 1840 about 8,300. Refuge...

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 for present imergenes it is right you  should do so if you can do it and not  sell your Land in Jackson county

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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Edward Partridge had purchased about 2,100 acres of land in Jackson County for the church; a number of individual members of the Church of Christ had also purchased lots in Independence. Deed books show that between 1834 and 1837, at least fourteen church members purchased land in Clay County, totaling approximately 990 acres. Combined with Partridge’s land, church members owned nearly 3,100 acres in Missouri. (See Clay Co., MO, Deed Records, 1822–1890, vol. D, pp. 23–25, 75–78, 197–198, 225–226, 246–247, 256–257, microfilm 955,264; vol. E, pp. 21–22, 42–43, 46–47, 118, 242–243, 399, microfilm 955,265; vol. F, pp. 28–29, microfilm 955,265, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  


it is not  safe for us to send you a writen revelation  on the subject but what is writen above is  according to wisdom,45

Eleven days later, JS dictated a revelation that directly addressed the issue of church-owned lands in Jackson County: “Therefore 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.” (Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:99].)  


I haste to a close to  give room for Bro Oliver [Cowdery]

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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If Oliver Cowdery wrote a postscript to the original letter, it was not copied into the letterbook version featured here.  


and remain  yours in the bonds of the new and everlas ting covenant

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Joseph Smith J
E[dward] 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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JS wrote this 5 December 1833 letter in response to the heartrending and sometimes conflicting reports he received about the violence against church members in Jackson County

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, Missouri, that took place in early November 1833. The inconsistent reports were only the latest frustration for JS, who continued to agonize over the fate of friends and followers in Missouri

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, whose efforts to build a “New Jerusalem

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” had stalled in the summer of 1833 because of persecution.1
Following armed conflict on 4 November 1833, antagonistic residents and militia of Jackson County

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forced members of the Church of Christ

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to vacate their properties and flee to Clay County

Settled ca. 1800. Organized from Ray Co., 1822. Original size diminished when land was taken to create several surrounding counties. Liberty designated county seat, 1822. Population in 1830 about 5,000; in 1836 about 8,500; and in 1840 about 8,300. Refuge...

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, Missouri, and elsewhere over the next few weeks.2 In the midst of the violence, Orson Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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and John Gould

21 Dec. 1784–25 June 1855. Pastor, farmer. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Oliva Swanson of Massachusetts. Resided at Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, 1808. Lived in Vermont. Moved to northern Pennsylvania, 1817. Served as minister in Freewill...

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left Independence

Located twelve miles from western Missouri border. Permanently settled, platted, and designated county seat, 1827. Hub for steamboat travel on Missouri River. Point of departure for Santa Fe Trail. Population in 1831 about 300. Mormon population by summer...

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, Missouri, for Kirtland

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, Ohio, on 6 November 1833 to report to JS on recent hostilities.3

“The Outrage in Jackson County, Missouri,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Dec. 1833, 118.  


While traveling from Independence to Boonville, Missouri, on the Missouri River

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on board the steamboat Charleston, Hyde wrote at least two letters to newspaper editors in Missouri

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informing them of the violent events in Jackson County

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: on 8 November he wrote to the editor of the Boonville Herald, and the following day he wrote to the editor of the Missouri Republican.4

It is unknown whether a complete copy of Hyde’s published letter to the editor of the Boonville Herald still exists. However, Oliver Cowdery included at least a partial copy of the letter in The Evening and the Morning Star. (“The Outrage in Jackson County, Missouri,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Dec. 1833, 118; see also “Civil War in Jackson County!,” Missouri Republican [St. Louis], 12 Nov. 1833, [3].)  


Upon arriving 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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on 25 November, Hyde and Gould informed JS of “the melencholly intelegen [intelligence] of the riot in Zion

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.”5

JS, Journal, 25 Nov. 1833; see also “More Trouble in the Mormon Camp,” Painesville (OH) Telegraph, 29 Nov. 1833, [3].  


On 6 November 1833, the same day that Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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and Gould

21 Dec. 1784–25 June 1855. Pastor, farmer. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Oliva Swanson of Massachusetts. Resided at Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, 1808. Lived in Vermont. Moved to northern Pennsylvania, 1817. Served as minister in Freewill...

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left Independence

Located twelve miles from western Missouri border. Permanently settled, platted, and designated county seat, 1827. Hub for steamboat travel on Missouri River. Point of departure for Santa Fe Trail. Population in 1831 about 300. Mormon population by summer...

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, William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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began writing a letter to JS to inform him of the recent events in Jackson County

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. The next day he completed his letter and reported that mobs had begun to force church members to leave their homes in Jackson County—information that Hyde and Gould may not have known. Although Phelps’s original letter no longer exists, according to the letter featured here, Phelps’s missive arrived 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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before 5 December 1833. The most complete known version of Phelps’s letter was published by Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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in the December 1833 issue of The Evening and the Morning Star.6 The letter from JS featured here discusses information that appears to have been conveyed only through Phelps’s original letter—information that Cowdery, perhaps waiting for confirmation of the Mormon evacuation from Jackson County, did not include in the published version.
Some of the information conveyed in Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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’s letter apparently conflicted with the report Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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sent to the editor of the Missouri Republican, to which JS by this time had access. Perhaps because the information he received was inconsistent, and possibly in an effort to document the violence against his followers, JS wrote this 5 December letter urging church leaders in Missouri

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to “collect every particular concerning the Mob from the begining and send us a correct statement of fact as they transpired.” Until then, he wrote, “it is difficult for us to advise.” Even without clarification, JS told the Jackson County

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church leaders that if they had not yet been driven out they should fight to stay on their lands as long as they could: “You should maintain the ground as Long as there is a man Left. . . . it was right in the sight of God that you contend for it to the last.”7

JS had earlier instructed church members in an 18 August 1833 letter to not sell their land in Jackson County. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833.)  


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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copied this 5 December letter into JS’s letterbook and concluded by inscribing “E 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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” on the final line, indicating that the original letter was most likely addressed to Edward Partridge. It is clear, however, that this letter was intended for church leaders in Missouri

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generally. Unfortunately, the original letter is no longer extant, and it is unknown if Partridge or any other church leader in Missouri ever received this correspondence.
Even though JS’s letter requested clarification and accurate information from church leaders in Missouri

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, Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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, who was then in Kirtland

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, was able to quickly respond to some of JS’s concerns. Hyde wrote another letter to Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, the editor of The Evening and the Morning Star, which corrected parts of his earlier missive to the editors of the Boonville Herald. Oliver Cowdery published Hyde’s second letter in the same December issue of the Star that published Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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’s 6–7 November letter and an extract of Hyde’s letter to the Boonville Herald.8

Orson Hyde, Letter to the Editor, The Evening and the Morning Star, Dec. 1833, 120.  


It is not known precisely when or why Hyde wrote his corrective letter, though he may have done so at the behest of JS or to alleviate JS’s concerns, expressed in the letter featured here, about the inconsistent information he had heard about events in Missouri. By 10 December 1833, JS received correspondence from Missouri that provided more information about the persecution and expulsion of church members in that place. Given that Hyde arrived in Kirtland in late November and that the first Kirtland issue of the Star was prepared for printing no sooner than 18 December,9

JS, Journal, 25 Nov. and 18 Dec. 1833.  


Hyde would have had sufficient time to consult these letters from Missouri that arrived in Kirtland by 10 December,10 consider his previous statements, and prepare an amended account for publication in the Star.

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