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    [Joseph Smith] Two Mid-19th Century Letters with Mormon Content. Autograph Letter Signed "J.H. Sherman", 2 pages, 7.5" x 12.25", Carthage, Nov. 19, 1847. With attached integral page containing the address panel and round postal stamp: "Carthage Ill, Nov 20". Addressed to Smith Tuttle of New Haven, Sherman regarding the payment of taxes for Mormon owned properties. In small part: "...You will find a number of Blocks missing in Jos. Smith's Add, to Nauvoo, which you have heretofore paid on..." Earlier in the letter Sherman relates news of Hiram Kimball's departure, and references Alexander White and a Mr. Hotchkiss, both of whom played a role in the settling of Nauvoo. With a few ink smudges and mail folds, otherwise very clean and in near fine condition. From the collection of Guy Prescott, as evidenced by his small rubber stamp just right of the address panel.

    Together with an Autograph Letter Signed "Jno Wm Coward", 4 pages, 8" x 9.75", "15 Wilton Street Liverpool / 5 June 1854". Coward, a member of the Mormon Church, writes to an American in very small part: "...I have been preaching our principles and calling on all people to repent & obey the doctrines we teach as taught by our Saviour and receive the Spirit of Revelation, thereby, which is the Testimony of Jesus (see Revelations 19 Chap 10 Verse) and know for themselves what the teachings of the Spirit are, then they will depart to the place God has appointed for the gathering of his people, while his destruction are being poured out on great Babylon, which is christendom which he has foretold he will destroy, and again in these last days raised up his Phrophet [sic] Joseph which your so called wise countrymen have destroyed... he has hid his work from them all but a humble few, and the time is near at hand that he will destroy your Nation..." Much more excellent content and in near fine condition. Joseph Smith was killed while in custody in a Carthage jail in 1844, by which point the Mormon Church was already firmly established. The first Mormon missionaries arrived in England as early as 1837, and soon British converts would begin emigrating to Mormon settlements in the American west. This 1854 letter evidences their continued presence and success in their missionary work overseas.

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