Revelation, 28 April 1834
Revelation, , Geauga Co., OH, 28 Apr. 1834. Featured version copied [between 28 Apr. and ca. 27 Aug. 1834] in Orson Hyde and Orson Pratt, Notebook of Revelations, p. ; handwriting of ; Revelations Collection, CHL. For more complete source information on Orson Hyde and Orson Pratt, Notebook of Revelations, see the source note for Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834.
This 28 April 1834 revelation provided further information about the reorganization of the , which was mandated by a 23 April 1834 revelation. The 23 April revelation directed which properties went to whom and declared that the branches of the United Firm in and were now separate.. This 28 April revelation confirmed that separation and reserved $3,000 for the firm’s branch in , Ohio.Given the indebtedness of the firm’s members, the intended source of the $3,000 is unclear. It may have come through donations or through assuming more debt. In March 1834, JS directed members in to try to raise $2,000 “for the relief of the brethren in .” Although a 31 March 1834 letter from indicated that these efforts had not yet been successful, firm members may have held out hope that funds from New York would still be forthcoming. On 18 April, firm member provided JS with authorization to obtain a loan of between $1,000 and $8,000 in the name of ; it is possible that the $3,000 was to come from such a loan. On 23 April, a council of United Firm members in Kirtland prayed that would be able to obtain from “the money which he has gone to borow for us.” Perhaps the $3,000 was to come from Myers, who in March 1834 had sold property in Richland County, Ohio, for $10,250. It may also be that the $3,000 was not necessarily money the firm expected to have immediately but that it was a sum they planned on obtaining in the future.The intended use of the $3,000 is also unclear. The revelation instructs that the money be spent for a right and a claim on , presumably land, but it is unclear whether that meant land in —the place designated as the location of the Saints’ inheritances—or land in . The revelation likewise does not specify when the inheritances would be obtained. Deeds to many of the assigned to firm members were provided on 30 April and 5 May 1834, but the revelation seems to imply that the inheritances would be given at a more distant time.The original manuscript of this revelation has not been located. Probably soon after its dictation, created the copy featured here in a book of revelations he was keeping in . In August 1834, Hyde copied the revelation into Revelation Book 2. Sometime in 1834—probably after JS arrived in in mid-June— also made a copy in Revelation Book 1. It does not appear that this revelation was ever published.