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Note, 15 March 1833

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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March 15th 1833
This day1

The text here was later redacted to include an additional “s” after the terminal “s” in “This,” thereby changing the reading of the phrase from “This day" to “Thirsday.” When this redaction was made is unknown, but it appears to be an error as 15 March 1833 was a Friday. All manuscript versions of the revelation bear the date 15 March 1833. (See Revelation, 15 Mar. 1833 [D&C 92]; and Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 21 Apr. 1833.)  


received a revelation2 making known that F,G,W. 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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should be received into 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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in full partnership agreeable to the specification of the bond [p. 11]
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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March 15th 1833
This day1

The text here was later redacted to include an additional “s” after the terminal “s” in “This,” thereby changing the reading of the phrase from “This day" to “Thirsday.” When this redaction was made is unknown, but it appears to be an error as 15 March 1833 was a Friday. All manuscript versions of the revelation bear the date 15 March 1833. (See Revelation, 15 Mar. 1833 [D&C 92]; and Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 21 Apr. 1833.)  


received a revelation2 making known that  F,G,W. [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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should be received into 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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 in full partnership agreeable to the specification of the bond [p. 11]
This notation is an unusual entry in Minute Book 1—the church’s major administrative record for 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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, Ohio—for several reasons. 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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inscribed this 15 March 1833 note concerning a JS revelation as a separate entry following the council minutes that bear the same date.1 Though multiple entries appear under the same date later in Minute Book 1, recording more than one entry for a particular date was rare at this earlier time. Also, Minute Book 1 rarely mentions the reception of revelations. While Revelation Books 1 and 2 were the primary repositories for the texts of revelations, Minute Book 1 mainly contains entries on conference and council proceedings, ordinations, and receipt or removal of ecclesiastical licenses. Minute Book 1 does, however, contain a few brief notations regarding significant events that occurred outside of meetings. Approximately one month earlier, for example, Williams recorded that JS completed his revision of the New Testament.2

Minute Book 1, 2 Feb. 1833.  


The 15 March notation pertains to 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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, and Williams may have decided to record it in Minute Book 1 under JS’s direction because a discrete set of minutes or other administrative record was apparently not kept for the United Firm in Kirtland; the revelation was also significant to Williams personally.3

Occasional entries in Minute Book 1 provide minutes and details of the firm’s activities. Initial minutes of United Firm meetings in Missouri were recorded in Minute Book 2, but no minutes concerning later activities are extant.  


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