- Hardcover: 447 pages
- Publisher: Smith-Pettit Foundation (November 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156085202X
- ISBN-13: 978-1560852025
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Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
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About the Author
H. Michael Marquardt is the author of Inventing Mormonism: Traditions and the Historical Record; The Four Gospels According to Joseph Smith; The Joseph Smith Revelations: Text and Commentary; and The Rise of Mormonism: 1816-1844. His studies of Mormon history include monographs on Joseph Smith's diaries, the Joseph Smith Egyptian Papers, and the marriages of Sarah Ann Whitney.
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"The book of Patriarchal Blessings" by Joseph Smith Sen., was purchased by a contribution of the Saints in Kirtland [Ohio], in the latter part of the year 1834. A considerable number of blessings which were given by that Patriarch, were not recorded, through the negligence of the Scribes.
About the time the Patriarch, Joseph Smith Sen., left Kirtland, Cyrus Smalling, an apostate, stole the record, and retained it about 2 years, when it was purchased from him by Elder Oliver Granger, an agent of the church, just previous to Elder Granger's death [on August 27, 1841]; after which it fell into the hands of Gilbert Granger, son of Oliver, who claimed it as his private property, and sent it to Nauvoo [Illinois], to the care of Hiram Kimball Esq., authorizing him to sell it to the church. Pres. Joseph Smith learning the where abouts of the record, recovered it, by a writ of replevin, and placed it in the church Historian and Recorder's office. The binding being worn and damaged, and nearly two thirds of the Record being blank, the book was taken apart, and that part containing the Patriarchal Blessings was re-bound, and the blank two thirds was re-bound and forms Book B1, "history of Joseph Smith."
In 1845, William Smith, Patriarch, borrowed his Father's Patriarchal Record from the Historian's office, and left Nauvoo without returning it.
In 1850, William Smith, then residing with Isaac Sheen, [in] Covington, Kentucky, in consequence of a serious misunderstanding which suddenly arose between him and Sheen; which resulted in William's leaving Covington in too great a hurry to take the Record with him; Sheen retained it, and subsequently placed it in charge of A[lmon]. W. Babbitt, his wife's brother, with instructions to sell it to the church for $3000, if he could, but not to take less than $500.
In 1854, A. W. Babbitt suggested to the Historian [i.e., George A. Smith] that the Record could be procured, if enough was proffered for it. After Babbitt's death [on September 7, 1856] his administrators found the Record among his effects, upon which Benjamin F. Johnson, one of the administrators, took possession of it, knowing that it belonged to the church; and on the 31st. of January 1859, Geo. A. Smith went to Santa Quin [Utah], Johnson's residence, and that evening B. F. Johnson delivered it to him, who deposited it with the church Patriarchal Records on the evening of his return to Great Salt Lake city, February 11, 1859. --George A. Smith
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