Recommendation for Samuel Bent and George W. Harris, between circa 17 and circa 28 July 1840

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Letter of recommendation to &
To all whom it may concern
This is to certify that and are authorized of the , being appointed by the and of said Church to visit the of the church in the East or wherever they may be led in the providence of God, to obtain donations and subscriptions for the purpose of printing the Book of Mormon. Doctrines & Covenants and Hymn Books and the new translation of the scriptures &c. They are likewise instructed and authorized to make loans in behalf of the Church for carrying into opperation the above and other important works necessary to the well being of said church
From our long acquaintance with these our beloved brethren,— their long tried friendship under circumstances the most trying and painful,— their zeal for the cause of truth, and their strict moral honesty, we most cheerfully reccommend them to the saints of the most high. Any statements they may make relative to their mission may be implicitly relied upon, And any loans which they may effect will be considered binding on the Church and we do hope the saints will do all in their power to effect the object proposed and lift up the hands of our beloved brethren who have cheerfully come forward to engage in a work so great and important
Joseph Smith Jr)
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  1. 1

    Bent joined the church in 1833 and witnessed the confiscation of church members’ property at Far West, Missouri, by militia members in 1838. Harris joined the church in 1834 and similarly lost property in Missouri during the 1838 Missouri conflicts. (Samuel Bent and Lettice Palmer Bent, Affidavit, 2 Jan. 1840, Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives, Washington DC; Affidavit, 20 Jan. 1840.)  

    Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives / Petitions and Memorials, Resolutions of State Legislatures, and Related Documents Which Were Referred to the Committee on Judiciary during the 27th Congress. Committee on the Judiciary, Petitions and Memorials, 1813–1968. Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789–2015. National Archives, Washington DC. The LDS records cited herein are housed in National Archives boxes 40 and 41 of Library of Congress boxes 139–144 in HR27A-G10.1.

  2. 2

    See Hebrews 12:12.