Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 6 November 1829
- Source Note
composed this letter in response to JS’s letter two weeks earlier. By this time Cowdery had been involved with the printing of the Book of Mormon for several weeks, and here he provided JS with a brief update of that work. He also informed JS of the estimated date of completion and explained that illness had delayed the work. In the postscript, Cowdery noted his progress copying the original Book of Mormon manuscript. Pages of the resulting “printer’s manuscript” were then delivered to the printer, , ensuring that if the copy were damaged, either through mischief or carelessness, the original would still be preserved. The sentiments and language of Cowdery’s expressions of faith in the letter reveal his familiarity with passages from the manuscript.
- 4 (aBook of Mormon, 1830 ed., 270, 338, 418, 446 [Alma 17:15; 42:13; Helaman 5:11; 14:11, 18]; Revelation, June 1829–B [D&C 18:12].bBook of Mormon, 1830 ed., 319 [Alma 34:10–14].cBook of Mormon, 1830 ed., 186, 253 [Mosiah 15:4; Alma 11:39].)
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