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Letter to John Smith, 2 July 1833

made such Confession as you was required to at Chipiway Chippewa,6

A branch of the Church of Christ was located in Chippewa Township, Wayne County, Ohio. Chippewa was approximately twenty miles southwest of the center of Akron, Ohio. (See “History of Luke Johnson,” [2], Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, 1856–1858, 1861, CHL.)  


all things would have worked together for your good;7

See Romans 8:28; and Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:24].  


and as I told you, but you did not manifest that degree of humility to the bretheren that was required, but remained obstenate, for that reason God withdrew his Spirit from you and left you in in darkness.8

See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 1 [Moses 1:15].  


in your letter you say many hard things9

See Psalms 60:3; 94:4.  


against the Bretheren Especially Father Smith

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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Br Reyolds Reynolds Cahoon

30 Apr. 1790–29 Apr. 1861. Farmer, tanner, builder. Born at Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. Son of William Cahoon Jr. and Mehitable Hodges. Married Thirza Stiles, 11 Dec. 1810. Moved to northeastern Ohio, 1811. Located at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co.,...

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the Bishop

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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Bishop” refers to Newel K. Whitney. Reynolds Cahoon was a counselor to Bishop Whitney and would have been part of the bishop’s court that disciplined John Smith. If John Smith was still unrepentant about his earlier behavior, then he was likely disparaging Whitney and Cahoon for taking action against him. Why he would speak against Joseph Smith Sr., who had been one of John Smith’s missionary companions, is unknown. (See John Smith, Diary, 7–19 Sept. 1831.)  


all which we highly disaprove,— it seems also that your son Eden Smith

1806–7 Dec. 1851. Laborer. Born in Indiana. Son of John Smith. Baptized into LDS church. Served mission to Ohio, Dec. 1831, 1832. Married first Elizabeth. Rebaptized into LDS church by William E. McLellin, 27 Aug. 1834, in Eugene, Vermillion Co., Indiana....

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is confederate with you and needs to repent together with yourself in all humility; before the Lord; or you must expect to be dealt with agreeable to the Laws of the Church

Principles given to the church and its members in February 1831 revelations. In January 1831, a revelation promised the saints in New York that the law would be given after they gathered in Ohio. Once in Ohio, on 9 and 23 February 1831, JS dictated two revelations...

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we say you are no more than a private member in the Church

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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A “private member” had no authority to preach or administer ordinances. According to the 2 July letter to the Eugene branch, “John Smith [had] been dealt with and his authority taken from him.” The church in Eugene voted to “cut off” John Smith from the church on 13 July 1833. (“The Church of Christ,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Mar. 1833, [2]; Letter to Church Leaders in Eugene, IN, 2 July 1833; Vermillion Branch, Conference Minutes, 13 July 1833.)  


Joseph Smith Jr. Pr
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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made such Confession as you was required to at  Chipiway [Chippewa],6

A branch of the Church of Christ was located in Chippewa Township, Wayne County, Ohio. Chippewa was approximately twenty miles southwest of the center of Akron, Ohio. (See “History of Luke Johnson,” [2], Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, 1856–1858, 1861, CHL.)  


all things would have worked together for <your>  good;7

See Romans 8:28; and Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:24].  


and as I told you, but you did not manifest  that degree of humility to the bretheren that was  required, but remained obstenate, for that <reason> God  withdrew his Spirit from you and left <you> in the  in darkness.8

See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 1 [Moses 1:15].  


darkness in your letter you say many  hard things9

See Psalms 60:3; 94:4.  


against the Bretheren Especially Father  Smith

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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Br Reyolds [Reynolds Cahoon]

30 Apr. 1790–29 Apr. 1861. Farmer, tanner, builder. Born at Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. Son of William Cahoon Jr. and Mehitable Hodges. Married Thirza Stiles, 11 Dec. 1810. Moved to northeastern Ohio, 1811. Located at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co.,...

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the Bishop

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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&c—10

Bishop” refers to Newel K. Whitney. Reynolds Cahoon was a counselor to Bishop Whitney and would have been part of the bishop’s court that disciplined John Smith. If John Smith was still unrepentant about his earlier behavior, then he was likely disparaging Whitney and Cahoon for taking action against him. Why he would speak against Joseph Smith Sr., who had been one of John Smith’s missionary companions, is unknown. (See John Smith, Diary, 7–19 Sept. 1831.)  


all which we  highly disaprove,— it seems also that your son  Eden [Smith]

1806–7 Dec. 1851. Laborer. Born in Indiana. Son of John Smith. Baptized into LDS church. Served mission to Ohio, Dec. 1831, 1832. Married first Elizabeth. Rebaptized into LDS church by William E. McLellin, 27 Aug. 1834, in Eugene, Vermillion Co., Indiana....

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is confederate with you and needs to repen t together with yourself in all humility;  before the Lord; or you must expect to be dealt  with agreeable to the Laws of the Church

Principles given to the church and its members in February 1831 revelations. In January 1831, a revelation promised the saints in New York that the law would be given after they gathered in Ohio. Once in Ohio, on 9 and 23 February 1831, JS dictated two revelations...

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JS handwriting ends; Frederick G. Williams begins.  


we say you are no more than  a private member in the Church

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...

View Glossary
,11

A “private member” had no authority to preach or administer ordinances. According to the 2 July letter to the Eugene branch, “John Smith [had] been dealt with and his authority taken from him.” The church in Eugene voted to “cut off” John Smith from the church on 13 July 1833. (“The Church of Christ,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Mar. 1833, [2]; Letter to Church Leaders in Eugene, IN, 2 July 1833; Vermillion Branch, Conference Minutes, 13 July 1833.)  


Joseph Smith Jr. Pr
F[rederick] 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 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 John Smith, Eugene

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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, IN, 2 July 1833. Retained copy, [ca. 2 July 1833], in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 50–51; handwriting of 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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; JS Collection, CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 1.

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