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Letter to Moses Nickerson, 19 November 1833

from him. I hope you will search the scriptures, to see whether these things are not also consistant with those things that the ancient prophets and apostles have written.
I remember brother Freeman Eleazer Freeman Nickerson

2/12 Apr. 1806–16/14 Sept. 1862. Merchant, farmer. Born at Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Freeman Nickerson and Huldah Chapman. Moved to Dayton, Cattaraugus Co., New York, mid 1820s. Moved to Mount Pleasant, Brantford Township, Wentworth Co. (later...

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and Wife

12 Sept. 1812–16 Aug. 1835. Born at Burford Township, Oxford Co., London District (later in Ontario), Upper Canada. Daughter of Samuel McAlister and Elizabeth Salmond. Married Eleazer Freeman Nickerson, 9 Feb. 1831, at Woodhouse, Norfolk Co., London District...

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, Ranson also, and sister Lydia Goldthwaite Bailey

9 June 1812–3 Apr. 1884. Boardinghouse operator, weaver, teacher. Born at Sutton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Daughter of Jesse G. Goldthwaite and Sally Burt. Married first Calvin Bailey, fall 1828, but deserted by him, 1832. Moved to home of Eleazer Freeman...

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, and little Charles, with all the brethren and sisters.24

Some of the people listed here were baptized into the Church of Christ during JS and Sidney Rigdon’s proselytizing travels in Upper Canada. Fourteen people whom JS baptized in October 1833 are listed in JS’s journal, which helps identify “brother Freeman and Wife,” mentioned in the letter featured here, as Eleazer Freeman Nickerson and Eliza McAlister Nickerson; “Ranson” as possibly Richard Ransom Strobridge; and “sister Lydia” as Lydia Goldthwaite Bailey. “Little Charles” is unidentifiable. (See Retrospective Note regarding Baptisms, in JS, Journal, 1832–1834.)  


I intreat for an interest in all your prayers before the throne of mercy in the name of Jesus. I hope that the Lord will grant that I may see you all again, and above all that we may overcome and set down together in the Kingdom of our Father.
We contemplate with much pleasure a visit from you next spring, and before if consistant with your business, and hope we shall not be disappointed.25

Although he planned to go, it is not known if Moses Nickerson visited Kirtland in spring 1834. JS left Ohio that spring at the head of the Camp of Israel, traveling to Missouri to aid church members there. (Moses Nickerson, Wendhom, Canada, to [Sidney Rigdon], 29 Dec. 1833, in The Evening and the Morning Star, Feb. 1834, 134.)  


So I close, by subscribing myself your brother in the bonds of the gospel,
(Signed) Joseph Smith Jr.
PS. I said that father

5 Feb. 1779–22 Jan. 1847. Seaman. Born at South Dennis, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eleazer Nickerson and Thankful Chase. Moved to Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1800. Married Huldah Chapman, 19 Jan. 1801, at Cavendish. Served as officer in Vermont...

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and mother Nickerson were well when we parted with them at Buffalo

Located in western New York on eastern shore of Lake Erie at head of Niagara River and mouth of Buffalo Creek. County seat. Settled by 1801. Land for town allocated, 1810. Incorporated as village, 1813, but mostly destroyed later that year during War of 1812...

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, but you will recollect that father

5 Feb. 1779–22 Jan. 1847. Seaman. Born at South Dennis, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eleazer Nickerson and Thankful Chase. Moved to Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1800. Married Huldah Chapman, 19 Jan. 1801, at Cavendish. Served as officer in Vermont...

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’s eyes were very sore while at your place: when we left him they were not well but considerably improved.26

This is the second mention of sore eyes in this letter. It appears that both Freeman Nickerson and Sidney Rigdon suffered from an eye ailment, but no documents indicate the particular affliction. Some nineteenth-century United States newspapers ran advertisements and testimonials for curing sore eyes. These ads often pitched a product called “Eye Water,” which was to remedy “weak, sore, or inflamed eyes.” These advertisements and physicians’ manuals of the early nineteenth century suggest that “sore eyes” was a general term for “acute and chronic inflammation” and for eye ailments “of almost every description.” (See, for example, “A Word to the Afflicted,” Huron Reflector [Norwalk, OH], 6 May 1834, [4]; “Dr. Thompson’s Celebrated Eye Water,” Daily National Intelligencer [Washington DC], 14 June 1828, [2].)  


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from him. I hope you will search the scriptures, to see wheth er these things are not also consistant with those things that  the ancient prophets and apostles have written.
I remember brother Freeman [Eleazer Freeman Nickerson]

2/12 Apr. 1806–16/14 Sept. 1862. Merchant, farmer. Born at Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Freeman Nickerson and Huldah Chapman. Moved to Dayton, Cattaraugus Co., New York, mid 1820s. Moved to Mount Pleasant, Brantford Township, Wentworth Co. (later...

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and Wife

12 Sept. 1812–16 Aug. 1835. Born at Burford Township, Oxford Co., London District (later in Ontario), Upper Canada. Daughter of Samuel McAlister and Elizabeth Salmond. Married Eleazer Freeman Nickerson, 9 Feb. 1831, at Woodhouse, Norfolk Co., London District...

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, Ranson also, and sister  Lydia [Goldthwaite Bailey]

9 June 1812–3 Apr. 1884. Boardinghouse operator, weaver, teacher. Born at Sutton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Daughter of Jesse G. Goldthwaite and Sally Burt. Married first Calvin Bailey, fall 1828, but deserted by him, 1832. Moved to home of Eleazer Freeman...

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, and little Charles, with all the brethren and sisters.24

Some of the people listed here were baptized into the Church of Christ during JS and Sidney Rigdon’s proselytizing travels in Upper Canada. Fourteen people whom JS baptized in October 1833 are listed in JS’s journal, which helps identify “brother Freeman and Wife,” mentioned in the letter featured here, as Eleazer Freeman Nickerson and Eliza McAlister Nickerson; “Ranson” as possibly Richard Ransom Strobridge; and “sister Lydia” as Lydia Goldthwaite Bailey. “Little Charles” is unidentifiable. (See Retrospective Note regarding Baptisms, in JS, Journal, 1832–1834.)  


I intreat  for an interest in all your prayers before the throne of mercy in the  name of Jesus. I hope that the Lord will grant that I may  see you all again, and above all that we may overcome and  set down together in the Kingdom of our Father.
We contemplate with much pleasure a visit from you  next spring, <and before if consistant with your business,> and hope we shall not be disappointed.25

Although he planned to go, it is not known if Moses Nickerson visited Kirtland in spring 1834. JS left Ohio that spring at the head of the Camp of Israel, traveling to Missouri to aid church members there. (Moses Nickerson, Wendhom, Canada, to [Sidney Rigdon], 29 Dec. 1833, in The Evening and the Morning Star, Feb. 1834, 134.)  


So I  close, by subscribing myself your brother in the bonds of the gospel,
(Signed) Joseph Smith Jr.
PS. I said that father

5 Feb. 1779–22 Jan. 1847. Seaman. Born at South Dennis, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eleazer Nickerson and Thankful Chase. Moved to Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1800. Married Huldah Chapman, 19 Jan. 1801, at Cavendish. Served as officer in Vermont...

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and mother Nickerson were well  when we parted with them at Buffalo

Located in western New York on eastern shore of Lake Erie at head of Niagara River and mouth of Buffalo Creek. County seat. Settled by 1801. Land for town allocated, 1810. Incorporated as village, 1813, but mostly destroyed later that year during War of 1812...

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, but you will recollect  that father

5 Feb. 1779–22 Jan. 1847. Seaman. Born at South Dennis, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eleazer Nickerson and Thankful Chase. Moved to Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1800. Married Huldah Chapman, 19 Jan. 1801, at Cavendish. Served as officer in Vermont...

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’s eyes <were> very sore while at your place: when we left  him they were not well but considerably improved.26

This is the second mention of sore eyes in this letter. It appears that both Freeman Nickerson and Sidney Rigdon suffered from an eye ailment, but no documents indicate the particular affliction. Some nineteenth-century United States newspapers ran advertisements and testimonials for curing sore eyes. These ads often pitched a product called “Eye Water,” which was to remedy “weak, sore, or inflamed eyes.” These advertisements and physicians’ manuals of the early nineteenth century suggest that “sore eyes” was a general term for “acute and chronic inflammation” and for eye ailments “of almost every description.” (See, for example, “A Word to the Afflicted,” Huron Reflector [Norwalk, OH], 6 May 1834, [4]; “Dr. Thompson’s Celebrated Eye Water,” Daily National Intelligencer [Washington DC], 14 June 1828, [2].)  


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JS, Letter, Kirtland Mills

Located in Newel K. Whitney store in northwest Kirtland on northeast corner of Chardon and Chillicothe roads. Whitney appointed postmaster, 29 Dec. 1826. JS and others listed “Kirtland Mills, Geauga County, Ohio” as return address for letters mailed, 1833...

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, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH, to Moses Nickerson

9 Mar. 1804–4 Mar. 1871. Tinsmith, merchant, farmer. Born at Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Freeman Nickerson and Huldah Chapman. Moved to Mount Pleasant, Brantford Township, Wentworth Co. (later Brant Co.), Gore District (later in Ontario), Upper...

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, Mount Pleasant

First settled, 1799. Population in 1846 about 130. JS preached at Mount Pleasant and baptized several people during mission to Upper Canada, Oct.–Nov. 1833.

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, Brantford Township, Wentworth Co., Gore District, Upper Canada, 19 Nov. 1833. Retained copy, [ca. 19 Nov. 1833], in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 62–65; handwriting of 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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; JS Collection, CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 1.

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