The Essential Joseph Smith
Foreword by Marvin S. Hill
“Brother Martin I Send You This to Inform You that It Is Necessary for You to Come Here,”
Joseph Smith to Martin Harris, 22 February 1831 (from copy in archives, Historical Department,
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah)
I send you this to inform you that it is necessary for you to come here [Kirtland, Ohio] as soon as you can in order to choose a place which may be best adopted to the circumstances of yourself and breatheren in the east to settle on as you may choose any place which may best suit yourselves any where in this part of the country so as to be as compact as possable[.] [A]nd as you will be better able to make [the] choice than we it is better for you to come before the rest of the breathren that when they come they may have places to go to[.] [Y]ou will also bring or cause to be brought all the books [copies of the Book of Mormon], as the work is here breaking forth on the east west north and south[.] [Y]ou will also inform the Elders which are there that all of them who can be spared will come here without delay if possable[.] [T]his by commandment of the Lord as he has a great work for them all in this our inheritance.
We have received the laws of the Kingdom since we came here and the Disciples in these parts have received them gladly. If You will[,] see that Father Smiths family are taken care of and sent on[.] You will send to Colesville and have either Hiram [Smith] or Newel [Knight] to come immediately or both if they can be spared.
You will not sell the books for less than 10 Shillings[.]