Recommendation for Edward Partridge and Isaac Morley, 1 June 1835

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, Ohio, June 1, 1835.
To Whom it may concern:
We hereby certify, that the bearers, , of the , and , an of the same, are personally known to us, having been faithful members of this church from its first organization in this , and as men of piety, veracity and strict moral principles and virtue, we recommend them to all to <​among​> whom they may be called, as such: we know they have been long tried with affliction and adversity, persecution and peril for the sake of that religion which they have espoused, and for those principles which they now seek to disseminate, and should any man, who may be of the like faith, be disposed to entrust moneys or other properties in their hands for the good of the poor and afflicted, or for any other purpose, they will find them to be perfectly honest and strictly responsible.
Joseph Smith Jr
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    The first missionaries to Ohio were Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Ziba Peterson, and Peter Whitmer Jr., who stopped in the Kirtland area in fall 1830 on their way to Indian Territory beyond Missouri’s western border. Morley, who was living in Kirtland, was baptized by Pratt in November 1830. Partridge, who was living in Painesville, Ohio, and had been a follower of Alexander Campbell’s reformed Baptist movement, was baptized in December 1830 after he and Sidney Rigdon visited JS in New York. (Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 12 Nov. 1830; see also Historical Introduction to Revelation, 9 Dec. 1830 [D&C 36].)  

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    In addition to being driven from their homes in Jackson County, Missouri, in November 1833, Partridge was tarred and feathered by a Jackson County mob in July 1833, and Morley, along with other Missouri church leaders, was arrested in Jackson County in November and held overnight under the threat of death. (“A History, of the Persecution,” Times and Seasons, Dec. 1839, 1:18; Jan. 1840, 1:34.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

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    One of Partridge’s responsibilities as bishop was to oversee “all temporal things” in Missouri. He also supervised the consecration of property and money by church members in Missouri. (Revelation, 11 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 107:68]; Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:30–36]; Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:35–36].)  

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    Phelps and Whitmer were assistant presidents of the Missouri high council. Like Partridge and Morley, they had been directed by the June 1834 council to travel to Kirtland to receive an endowment and to “help carry on the printing establishment in Kirtland.” They departed for Kirtland on 28 April 1835, arriving there on 17 May 1835. (Minutes and Discourse, ca. 7 July 1834; Minutes, 23 June 1834; Whitmer, History, 70–71.)