, Letter, , Geauga Co., OH, to the Kirtland (including JS), , Geauga Co., OH, 15 June 1835. Featured version copied [not before 25 Feb. 1836] in Minute Book 1, pp. 92–93; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 1.
On 15 June 1835, at the request of the , Ohio, , which JS was president of, traveled to , Ohio, to converse with John Hewitt and to give him a letter. Cowdery made the approximately twelve-mile journey to Fairport but did not find Hewitt at home and instead conversed with Hewitt’s wife, giving her the letter. Upon his return to Kirtland that evening, Cowdery reported on his assignment in this letter to the high council. recorded the letter in Minute Book 1 following a copy of the 14 June 1835 letter from the high council to Hewitt.
that Mr. Hewitt was not in the place, but on inquiry and request, I obtained a short interview, with Mrs. Hewitt, with whom I left your letter, requesting, that Mr. Hewitt, might be presented with it as early as possible. It is proper for me to add that I learned from Mrs. Hewitt, that her husband; had frequently spoken of his wish to become further acquaint[e]d with this people, whom he had come out from Europe to see, and that in consequence of rain had been prevented from visiting us at an earlier date. From the short acquaintance with Mrs. Hewitt, I can add that I was treated. with that politeness becoming a stranger, and have little doubt but he will eventually visit this place, as this was the intimation which I received, that he was contemplating on teaching himself for at least a few months near this.
Accept assurances of my gratitude for the appointment I received from you, while I subscribe myself your obedient servant,
Hewitt apparently accepted a post as the “Preceptor of Painesville Academy” in Painesville, Ohio. (Ferris Fitch, “For the Telegraph,” Painesville [OH] Telegraph, 26 Feb. 1836, ; John Hewitt, “To the Rev. Ferris Fitch,” Painesville [OH] Telegraph, 4 Mar. 1836, .)