Morrisite collection, 1865-1975  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Anderson, C. LeRoy
Title
Morrisite collection
Dates
1865-1975 (inclusive)
Quantity
3 linear ft.
Collection Number
USU_CAINE COLL MSS 10
Summary
Materials concerning the Church of Firstborn, commonly known as the Morrisites. Includes oral history transcripts, correspondence, copies of book sections and magazine articles, copies of Morrisite tracts and pamphlets, Morris' correspondence to Brigham Young, membership rolls, Court and Council (Church governing bodies) records, manuscript materials from the St. Ann's Hill records, and a significant collection of the correspondence of George Williams (Prophet Cainan). Several items are in Danish. Primarily copies of materials from other collections.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions
Restrictions

Open to public research.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008


Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

CONSERVATION NOTE -

The largest bulk of the collection are reproductions or recent materials. Many are sufficiently stable to be included without additional conservative measures. Wet process photocopies have been recopied onto a dry process copy and these new copies have included in the collection. Typescripts are made on bond paper and are included without additional measures.

Original items were deemed stable enough to be included in the collection without major work being done. Repairs were made with tissue coated on one side with Lamatec, an arcivally permanent heat set adhesive. Tissue was applied to one side only and may be easily removed with ethyl alcohol. The three bound volumes were included as part of the contents of box 6, pending the decision to construct individual drop-spine boxes.

Materials were separated into as few items as possible and foldered in acid-free folders. The collection is housed in Pholig Brothers Century boxes.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

THE MORRISITES - The C. LeRoy Anderson Morrisite Collection

This Collection is compiled around the Church of the Firstborn, popularly known as the Morrisites. ( For a historical treatment of The Morrisites see C. LeRoy Anderson's Joseph Morris and the History of the Morrisites, 2nd ed, (Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 1988). The church was began in Utah By an English convert to the LDS Church named Joseph Morris. In 1857 Morris began to receive revelations which named him as the "seventh angel," a term taken from the Book of Revelations. Morris wrote several letters to LDS Church President Brigham Young explaining his calling and seeking recognition. These letters are in the collection, photocopied from the copybooks contained in the archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . Morris was excommunicated from the Church in 1858. Working for local members of the LDS Church he took the opportunity to teacher others of his calling and doctrines. Beginning in 1860 Morris began to collect followers together at a settlement on the Weber River in Davis County, Utah. By the fall of 1861 there were over five hundred baptized members and another five hundred sympathizers.(Ibid., 70.) Trouble erupted in 1862 after a load of grain was seized by several discontented Morrisites who had withdrawn from the camp. Morris instructed his followers that the Second Coming of the Savior was soon to occur, and since it would be so soon that there was no need to plant crops. The seized grain had represented a large part of the remaining supplies of the Kingston group. Those who had taken the grain were held by the Morrisites awaiting trial by the Lord Himself. This act, coupled with the petitions of family members and friends of those in the Fort caused Justice John F. Kinney to issue a writ for the release of the prisoners and the arrest of Morris and some of his close associates. The writ was delivered by deputy Marshall Robert Burton, who collected a posse and marched the thirty miles north to the settlement. After the writ was refused and a three day siege the Morrisites surrendered on Sunday, June 15th, 1862.

Burton rode into the fort with a small contingent to accept the surrender of arms. Morris made a statement to his followers and moved towards Burton in a way that was interpreted as a threat. Burton shot Morris, and two others were also killed. The survivors were marched to Salt Lake City and ordered to appear at the next sitting of the Territorial Court. Before then the acting governor pardoned those at the fort who were accused of wrong doing.

The next few years saw the Morrisite faithful leave the Territory of Utah. Some went to Nevada and California, some settled in Omaha, Nebraska, many settled temporarily at Soda Springs, Idaho. Most of this last group eventually moved to the Deer Lodge Valley in central Montana. Here they collected under the leadership of George Williams, who called himself the "Prophet Cainan."

His was really a long distance leadership. Williams rarely spent time in Montana, living mostly in Salt Lake City and overseas in England. Regular correspondence kept him apprised of events in Montana and on the "Left wing of the Great Eagle," the congregation in California/Nevada. A large body of these letters are in the collection. Williams hoped to collect his letters and publish them (as would be done later for Morris's revelations), but this was never accomplished.

During his stay in England Williams worked as a laborer to support his family. It was also during these years that he wrote what came to be known as the St. Ann's Hill Record. The Morrisites' biographer Dr. LeRoy Anderson believes that these may have been created to bolster Williams' lagging following and failing popularity in the group he tried to lead. These records he claimed to have recovered from a hill in England (hence the name) and said that they contained "the vast creations, down to our own earth." (Ibid., 209.) They were dispensed serially in Williams' letters. Only a small fraction of the 53 chapters have remained to this day.

Once Williams died in 1882 the divided groups each presented their candidate for the leadership position over the whole Church. Though visits were exchanged by missionaries and other individuals the Church was never truly united again. John R. Eardley, who had been at Kingston Fort in the 60s eventually directed the church in Montana, which was reorganized as the Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Most High. George Dove controlled the California congregation. As the original membership began to die away there was not an influx of converts to replace them. The original membership was mostly gone by the turn of the century, and their children who adhered to a belief in Morris by the 1950s. The final fate of the California branch of the Morrisites is not known. The Church of Jesus Christ of the Saints of the Most High officially disbanded in 1969. Their archives, grandchildren, and church building in Deer Lodge, Montana are all that remain.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains primarily copies from record of the Church of the Firstborn (Morrisites). It represents probably the largest collection on or about this unique group. The materials in the collection have been divided in to two groups of items.

ANDERSON - Dr. Anderson's research materials and notes. In this section are oral histories, correspondence, copies of book sections and magazine articles, and copies of Morrisite tracts and pamphlets.

CHURCH - This section contains materials dealing directly with the Church of the Firstborn and its history. This includes a copy of the mark Forscutt history of Joseph Morris, Morris' correspondence to Brigham Young, membership roles, Court and Council (Church governing bodies) records, manuscript materials from the St. Ann's Hill records (records that George Williams claims to have translated), and a significant collection of the correspondence of George Williams (Prophet Cainan). One bound volume contains revelations (in Danish) received by Morris that do not seem to exist in any other place. Several items are in Danish since many of the Morrisites were proselyted from the Scandinavian converts to the LDS Church. There are original holograph items, mostly copies made from original letters, these have been collected at the end of the collection..

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Morrisite collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Morrisite collection, 1865-1975. (CAINE COLL MSS 10). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The West: True Stories of the Old West 13(Oct 1970) :5 "Bloody Sunday at Kingston Fort"Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

Draft article for Montana HistoryReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 2

Anderson, C. LeRoy and Halford, Larry J. "The Mormon Morrisite Conflict: Perspectives : Perspective, Words and Works"Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence with Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and article review sheetsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 4

LDS Church archives call slipsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 5

Notes and correspondenceReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 6

Notes and correspondenceReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 7

Morrisite items in books - Journal of DiscoursesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 8

Morrisite items in books- Life in UtahReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 9

Morrisite items in books- Daniel Hanmer WellsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 10

Morrisite items in books - History of the Pacific Coast, Society of Montana Pioneers, Comprehensive History of the ChurchReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 11

Morrisite items in books- History of Utah (Bancroft), History of Utah (Whitney), And These Were Men, Religions, Sects and Cults That Spring From MormonismReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 12

Morrisite items in periodicals - Contributor, Up-to-the-Times Magazine, American West, Frontier Times, Deseret NewsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 13

Morrisite items in thesis - Mormons in Montana 1847-1898Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 14

(see also Larry J. Halford, Mormons and Morrisites: A Study in the Sociology of Conflict, dissertation, Univ. of Montana, 1972.)

Journal excerptsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 15

"Morrisites - Oral history transcriptReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 1

"Concerning the Morrisites" - oral history transcriptReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 2

Raymond Johnson items of George JohnsonReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 3

Steve Barnett correspondence (Morrisite pardon)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 4

Morrisite membership roleReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 5

Mae Morin to LeRoy Anderson, , 24 NOV 1973.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 6

Journal History of the ChurchReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 7

George Williams (Cainan) genealogical reportReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 8

Peter Anderson materialsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 9

Newspaper Clippings (no Morrisite items)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 10

Dove, James and Dove, George S. A Voice from the West to the People of Weber and All the Seed of Abraham. San Francisco. , 1979. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 11

(Covers events in the rise of Joseph Morris and at Kingston Fort. Lists the claimants for leadership after the break-up. Section 3 defends George dove's claim of leadership. Has also a short list of beliefs and a song about the Kingston experience.)

Articles of Faith. Tract no.3. San Francisco. , 1887. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 12

(Beliefs of the California branch of the Church of the Firstborn. Claims to represent the entire body of belief. Deals with such doctrines as nature of god, faith, reincarnation, revelation.

A Few Items in the History of the Morrisites. San Francisco. , 1892. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 13

(Narrates events in the history of the California branch of the Morrisites after 1862. Recounts encounters with the montana group and the Davies group in Washington. Defends the claims of George Dove.)

Dove, James. The Man of Sin in the Old and New Church. San Francisco. , 1893. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 14

(Views on Old Testament history, history of the LDS Church in Utah, compares Joseph Smith and Joseph Morris as martyrs, and other schismatics claims. Generally addresses the position of the California Morrisites in relation to history of religion and claims of other LDS break off groups.)

Eardley, (John) R. Gems of Inspiration: A Collection of Sublime Thought by Modern Prophets. San Francisco: Joseph A. Dove. , 1899. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 15

(Contains a short history of the Morrisites, a revelation titled "Keys of the Priesthood," an explanation of Morrisite world view called the "rounds of eternity," correspondence and revelations of Morris and George Williams (Cainan), a chapter from the St. Ann's records (which Williams claimed to have translated). This is the largest and most complete treatment of Morrisite belief.)

"Sketch of Joseph Morris by Mark H. Forscutt" Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 1

(Copy of original manuscript at LDS Church archives. Forscutt was named as an apostle in Morris's following and later served in the same capacity in the RLDS Church. The Sketch was written some years after he had joiundated.the RLDS Church. It addresses the call of Morris and the gathering of his followers. It also speaks of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, and events leading to the tragedy at Kingston Fort. Forscutt was apparently a witness to the events. The last page refers to another history of the Morrisites he had written but had been burundated.rather than published.)

Joseph Morris correspondence, , 1857-1860.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 2

(See Correspondence Index. Typescripts and photocopies of letter books from LDS Church archives. These letters are Morris presenting to Brigham Young his calling as prophet. They were copied as written, both by Brigham Young's copyist and by Anderson, maintaining the spelling errors and language usages. Morris complains about the treatment received at the hands of Church courts, presents claims of authority, makes revelatory and prophetic statements, and argues of his right as prophet. Typescripts were made by Anderson from photocopies.)

Joseph Morris correspondence, , 1857-1860.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 3

Joseph Morris correspondence, , 1857-1860.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 4

Joseph Morris correspondence, , 1857-1860.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 5

Joseph Morris correspondence, , 1857-1860.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 6

"Morrisite Papers" v.1 - letters from Cainan (George Williams)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 7

(See Correspondence Index. Collection of letters written by Williams to a number of different individuals from 1863 to 1882. These letters are typescripts, made by Anderson from photocopies of original items (located in box 4, folders 10-14). Letters have been arranged chronologically, the photocopy of each following the typescript. Letters originally written by Cainan were copied into letter books and collected to be published as a volume in the future. This never was accomplished. Photocopies were made from these copybooks. Letters contain admonitions, general instructions, inspirational notes, occasional revelatory and prophetic statements. Most were written from Salt Lake City and also from England, where Williams lived for most of his later life. These letters, by no means all of his correspondence, were the means by which he led the Morrisite group in Montan a for twenty years.)

"Morrisite Papers" v.1 - letters from CainanReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 8-19

"Morrisite Papers" v.2 - "Names of the Members of the Saints of the Most High", second stake, , 1874.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 1

(The Church in the Deer Lodge, Montana area was divided into two stakes in 1874. This is a record of membership which includes name, place of birth, birth date, baptism date, place, and officiator, and confirmatioundated.te. Forty-eight individuals are enrolled.)

"Morrisite Papers" v.3 - "Regnskabs Bog" (financial statement book,) , 1869 Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 2

(Danish)(A record of income for the Omaha Nebraska congregation of the Morrisites. Also has a membership record for Omaha and a one page history of Council Bluffs, Iowa congregation. The entries are undated, but have been partially translated into English. This transcription is included.)

"Morrisite Papers" v.4 - "Protocol Bog for Omaha Citys Forsamling . . .", , 1869 Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 3

(Danish) (Membership record for the Omaha branch of the Church of the Firstborn. Partial English translation included.)

"Morrisite Papers" v.5 - "Protocol for Council Bluffs Forsamling" , 1869 Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 4

(Danish) (Membership role for Council Bluffs, Iowa congregation.)

"Morrisite Papers" v.6 "Book for Records", council meeting minutes , SEP 1872-JAN 1874.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 5

(Meetings held monthly. Contents deal with ordinations, internal dissension, general organizational items.)

Typescript of fd 5Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 6

"Morrisite Papers" v.7 - Court Meeting minutes, , 1881-1890. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 7

(Deals largely with structural organization and general affairs of the Church. Pages 9-13 contain items of succession following George Williams' (Cainan) death in England. Later pages deal with schism and problems of order within the church, apostasy of William James and others.)

Typescript of fd 7Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 8

Note: "Morrisite Papers" v.8 - George Jansen Journal - see box 6.

"Willow Glen" ledger, , 1883. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 9

(Ledger of accounts of Church and private store resources. Journal kept by J.R. Eardley. Also has record of attendance at Willow Glen Sunday School APR-AUG (1883).)

Empty. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 10

Letter book - letters from Cainan Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 11

(see Correspondence Index) (General content. Contains ceremony to be delivered at dedication of Deer Lodge church building, also an extract from the St. Ann's Hill records. Page 124 mentions apostates and congregations abroad.)

Empty. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 12

Letter book copies - letters of Cainan Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 13

(see Correspondence Index) (Letters deal with Almerin Grow's missionary trip to Turkey and doctrinal items.)

Empty. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 14

St. Ann's Hill Records. Copied form George Jansen Journal Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 15

(see also Gems of Inspiration, 73-74, 78-80,)

Council Meeting minutes, , 7 SEP 1872.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 1

Council Meeting minutes (inc), , 5 OCT 1873.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 2

Cainan to Saints, , 8 NOV 1871.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 3

Cainan to Bro. James, , 14 FEB1868.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 4

Cainan to James and John (inc), , 9 AUG1865, NOV 1865.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 5

"Extracts from Bro. Cainan's writings, pertaining to the Presidency of the church in Montana, being vested in Bro. Wm. M. James-."Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 6

J.R. Eardley to Bro. Johnson, , 7 SEP 1898.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 7

? to Bro. Johnson, , 7 SEP 1898.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 8

"To Meet in Heaven" (poem), , undated.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 9

Court Meeting minutes, , 10 NOV 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 10

"A Description of an interview with Celestial Beings, given by George Williams. . .", , 15 APR 1862 Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 11

(see Gems of Inspiration, 39-43).

Letter fragmentsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 12

Ames Reid items , (1975).Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 13

"Difference not contradiction" (a sermon), , undated.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 14

"A Song of Entreaty", by elder Joseph Luff, , undated.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 15

"Admonition", by elder Joseph Luff, , undated.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 16

Vignettes dealing with MorrisitesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 17

Eardley family historyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 18

Family bible pages (vital records, photos)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 19

Eardley genealogyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 5, Folder 20

Letters of Cainan Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 1

(see box 4 fd 13).

Letters of Cainan, "Cainan No 2" Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 2

(see box 4 fd 14).

"Extracts from Bro. Cainan's writings, pertaining to the Presidency of the church in Montana, being vested in Bro. Wm. M. James-" Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 3

(see box fd 6).

"A Description with celestial beings given by George Williams. . .", , (15 APR 1862) Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 4

(see box 5 fd 11, GJ 2-15, Gems 54-59.)

A Prayer written by Cainan . . . , , 3 APR 1879.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 5

(J.R. Eardley) to Bro Johnson, , 7 SEP 1898 Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 6

(see box 5 fd 7).

Bro. A. Hendricksen to Saints (Danish), , 30 DEC 1870.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 7

? to ? (on Louis J. Pierce stationery), , undated.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 8

"Revelation given in Weber", , 25 FEB 1862 Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 9

(compare Spirit Prevails, n. 229.)

Revelation, , 7 JUN 1862 Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 10

(Spirit Prevails, n.273, pp. 610-613.)

Revelation (extracts), , 5 JAN 1862Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 11

n.177 (not in SP under this number or date.)

"References relative to the Rounds of Eternity" Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 12

(A doctrinal exposition on Morrisite world view and etiology.) (See Gems 39-43.)

Justice Mercy Judgment (broadside) Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 13

(Not in Flake.)

"To Meet in Heaven" (poem)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 14

(See box 5 fd 9, BC inside back cover.)

Photo and poem sigundated."S.P. Wells" to Miss Johnson, , 12 MAR 1907.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 15

" A Vision of One Hundred years Hence, 1845-1945." Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 16

(See Millennial Star 6 (1845) :140).

? to Bro. Emmons, undated. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 17

(See box 5 fd 10.)

Court Meeting minutes, , 10 NOV 1909 Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 18

(see box 5 fd 10)

notes, letter fragmentsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 19

Notebook (Danish), , undated.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 20

Sporgsmaael og Svar, , undated. Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Folder 21

(Short entries iundated.nish, numbered 1 to 78. Two different inks and hands.)

Bound copybook (BC) Return to Top

Container(s): Volume 1

(Correspondence copies, available in other area of the collection. See Correspondence Index.)

"Morrisite Papers" v. 8 - George Jansen Journal, Omaha, Nebraska, , 10 AUG 1872. Return to Top

Container(s): Volume 2

(About two hundred pages of Joseph Morris' revelations, mostly iundated.nish. Contains a large body of St. Ann's Hill records. See Correspondence, revelation Indices, also Gems.)

"Ledger" Return to Top

Container(s): Volume 3

(Small handwritten volume n Danish. Divided into verses. Could be a poetry or hymn book.)

Leather bound notebook Return to Top

Container(s): Box 7, Folder 1

94 pages in length, 54 pages iundated.nish ad 40 pages in English. The entries are copies of revelations from Joseph Morris and letters from the Prophet Cainan. One revelation from Morris numbered 158 is different from the 158 in the Spirit Prevails.

Clippings from the inside cover of volume 1Return to Top

Container(s): Box 7, Folder 2

Small leather bound notebook that contains entries that are references to biblical versesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 7, Folder 3

Small leather bound notebook written in Danish. The entries appear to be copies from Morris revelations and Cainan lettersReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 7, Folder 4

CORRESPONDENCE INDEXReturn to Top

Source citations for box and folder numbers have been abbreviated for space considerations. Thus a citation for box 5 folder 3 will read "5:3". Letters copied in unfoldered or unpublished items are also abbreviated, followed by the page number. George Jansen Journal (Morrisite Papers v.8) - GJ. John Eardley, Gems of Inspiration - Gems. Bound copybook - BC. Blank spaces in a line mean that the deleted information is identical to the date, citation, or individual immediately preceding it.

Description
1857 7 DEC 3:2 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1857 7 DEC 3:2 Joseph Morris to James Snow
1858 11 OCT 3:3 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1859 26 JAN 3:4 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1859 18 FEB 3:4 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1859 24 FEB 3:4 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1859 21 MAR 3:4 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1859 15 JUN 3:5 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1859 1 SEP 3:5 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1860 1 JAN 3:6 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1860 20 APR 3:6 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1860 24 JUN 3:6 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1860 20 NOV 3:6 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1860 21 NOV 3:6 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1860 11 DEC Gems 14 Joseph Morris to Brigham Young
1861 9 JUL Gems 11 Joseph Morris to George Leslie
1863 12 AUG 3:7, 4:14 Cainan to Scattered Sheep of Joseph
1864 MAR 3:7, 4:14, Gems 60 Cainan to Twelve and scattered disciples
1864 15 AUG 3:7, 4:14, Cainan to John (Parson)
1864 3 OCT 3:7, 4:14, Gems 64 Cainan to H(enry) H. Wadman
1864 24 NOV 3:7, 4:14, Cainan to Saint James and Saint John
1864 27 NOV Gems 67 Cainan to Saint James and Saint John
1865 4 JAN 3:8, 4:14 Cainan to Saint James and John
1865 27 FEB Cainan to Saint James and John
1865 4 JUN Cainan to Saint James and John
1865 4 JUL 3:8, 4:14, Gems 70 Cainan to Saint James and John
1865 9 AUG 3:8, 5:5, 6:4 Cainan to Saint James and John
1865 21 AUG 4:14 Cainan to Saint James and John
1865 21 AUG 3:8, 4:14 Cainan to Bro Davi(e)s
1865 NOV 3:8, 5:5 Cainan to James and John
1866 16 APR 3:9, 4:12 Cainan to beloved John
1866 30 APR Cainan to John (Poulson)
1866 4 AUG Cainan to beloved John
1867 15 SEP 3:10, 4:12 Cainan to Bro. James
1867 29 DEC Cainan to Bro. John
1868 14 FEB 3:10, 5:4, BC 33 Cainan to Bro. James and Saints
1868 16 JUN 3:10, BC 26 Cainan to Saints in Montana
1868 28 AUG 3:10 Cainan to Brothers and Sisters
1868 29 AUG BC 20 Cainan to My Dear Brother (inc)
1868 29 AUG Gems 89 Cainan to Brethren and Sisters
1869 17AUG 3:11, 5:4, BC5 Cainan to ?
1869 16 SEP BC 334 Cainan to ?
1870 10 JAN 3:11, 4:11 Cainan to Bro. James and Saints iundated.nmark and Montana
1870 AUG GJ 92 (Danish) Saints in Omaha
1870 26 SEP 3:11, 4:13, Gems 81 Cainan to Saints in Montana
1870 30 DEC 3:11 Cainan to James
1870 30 DEC GJ 67, 6:7 (Danish) A. Hendricksen to Saints
1871 7 FEB 3:12, 4:12 Cainan to Robert (Ford)
1871 5 SEP 4:11 Cainan to Bro. James and Saints in Montana
1871 8 NOV 3:12, Gems 86 Cainan to Saints in Montana
1872 22 JAN 4:13 Cainan to Almerin (Grow)
1872 24 FEB 3:13 Cainan to Bro. Almerin
1872 27 FEB Cainan to Bro. Almerin
1872 12 APR 3:13, BC 39 Cainan to Saints in Montana
1872 AUG 3:13, 4:11
1872 (5 SEP) 3:13 Cainan to Saints in Montana
1872 23 NOV 3:13, 4:12 Cainan to Bro. John
1872 6 DEC Cainan to Bro. John
1872 18 DEC 3:13, 4:10 Cainan to Sis. Margarett and daughters
1872 circa 3:13 Cainan to Bro. Eardley
1873 4 JAN 3:13, 4:12 Cainan to Bro. Eardley
1873 APR 3:14, BD 44 Cainan to Bro Rasmussen
1873 12 APR 3:14, 4:11 ?
1873 14 APR Cainan to S.J.E
1873 5 JUL Cainan to Bro. Eardley
1873 24 JUL 3:14, 4:10 Sis. Thomas
1873 2 AUG GJ 206 Cainan to (Danish) letter extract
1874 FEB 3:7 (inc), 3:15, 4:10 Cainan to Bro. James
1874 FEB 5:6, 6:3
1874 29 MAR Cainan to R. Rasmussen
1874 6 MAY 3:15, 4:10 Cainan to Bro . James & Saints
1874 6 MAY GJ 111 Cainan to (Danish) Saints in Montana
1874 10 JUL 3:15, BC 9, Gems 74 Cainan to Bro. Eardley and Moss
1874 31 AUG Gems 65 ?
1874 4 SEP 3:15, 4:10 Cainan to Bro James and Saints in Montana
1874 16 SEP GJ 84 Cainan to (Danish) Bro. James and Saints
1875 10 MAY 3:16, 4:10 Cainan to Margarett Thomas
1876 13 JUL 3:16, 4:11 Cainan to Bro. James
1876 10 OCT Cainan to Bro James
1876 10 OCT Cainan to Sis. Thomas
1876 circa 3:16 Cainan to Bro. James
1877 22 JAN 3:17, 4:11 Cainan to Bro. James
1877 29 MAR 4:10 Cainan to R. Rasmussen
1877 2 APR Cainan to Bro. James
1877 3 APR 3:7, 3:17 Cainan to Bro. James
1877 16 AUG 3:17, 4:10 Cainan to Bro. James and Saints in Montana
1877 12 OCT 3:17, 4:10 Cainan to Bro. James & Hendricksen & Saints in Montana
1878 28 AUG 3:18, 4:10 Cainan to Bro. Hendricksen
1878 8 SEP 4:11 Dedicatory prayer for Deer Lodge church
1878 9 SEP 3:18, 4:12 Cainan to Bro. John
1879 6 JAN 3:18, 4:10, GJ 194 Cainan to Bro. James and Saints in Montana
1879 26 MAR Gems 93 Cainan to ? (extracts)
1879 post JUL 4:10 Cainan to Bro. James
1880 13 JUN 3:19, 4:11 Cainan to Bro. Eardley
1880 21 JUN Cainan to Bro. James
1881 17 FEB Cainan to Bro. George.
1881 24 DEC 3:7 Cainan to Bro. Rasmussen
1881 24 DEC 3:19, 4:10, Gems 96 Cainan to Bro. Rasmussen
1882 29 JAN 3:7, (inc), 3:19, 4:10 Cainan to Brethren
1882 16 MAR Cainan to Bro. James
1898 7 SEP 5:7 J.R. Eardley to Bro. Johnson
Updated items
Wednesday 4:12 Cainan to Bro. Eardley
4:12 Cainan to Bro. James
5:8 ? To Bro. Emmons
6:8 ? to ?
"Extracts on leadership"
FEB 1874, 3 APR 1877, 27 DEC 1871, 29 JAN 1882, 16 MAR 1882
5:6, 6:3 Cainan to various individuals

REVELATION INDEXReturn to Top

This list contains only those items identified by the writers as revelations. Some items of correspondence (see index) contains revelatory or prophetic statements. Those items have not been included on this index.

Description
1859 Winter Gems, 34 "Keys of the Priesthood."
1860 29 MAR Gems, 44 "The Order of Twelves and Twenty-Fours"
1861 9 MAY GJ, 157 n.67 (Spirit Prevails, n.64, p.90, 4 MAY 1861.)
1861 9 MAY Gems, 50 "An Article of Ordination"
1861 4 JUN GJ, 61 (Danish) not in SP, p.103
1861 13 JUN GJ, 144 (Danish) compare SP under date
1861 18 SEP GJ, 232 (Danish) compare SP, p.103
1861 undated.GJ, 33 (Danish)
1862 5 JAN 6:11 not in SP under date
1862 3 FEB GJ, 119 (Danish) compare SP, p.400
1862 25 FEB 6:9 compare SP 431
1862 27 FEB SP 230:3 (p.435)
1862 8 MAY GJ, 125 (Danish) compare SP, p.546
1862 7 JUN 6:10 SP 296, p. 610
1862 8 JUN GJ, 125 (Danish) not in SP under date
1862 3 SEP GJ (Danish)
1873 12 APR 3:14
St Ann's Hill records -
4:11 p.106
4:10
2:15

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES INDEXReturn to Top

The Council was a body that met roughly monthly to govern the Church. The holograph has no page numbers. Index was compiled from photocopies of the holograph. box 4 fd 6 is a typescript of this record.

Description
1872 28 SEP 4:5
1872 3 NOV
1872 10 NOV
1873 2 FEB 4:5
1873 10 FEB
1873 2 MAR
1873 5 MAY
1873 (1) JUN
1873 6 JUL
1873 20 JUL
1873 3 AUG
1873 7 SEP
1873 5 OCT
1873 2 NOV
1873 1 DEC
1874 12 JAN 4:5
1874 (19 JAN)
1874 20 JAN

COURT MEETINGS INDEXReturn to Top

This body came into existence following the death of George Williams (Cainan) in England. The first entry concerns the organization of the "Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Most High." Page numbers refer to the holograph's pagination. The typescript made by Dr. Anderson has no page numbers.

Description
1881 10 NOV 1
1882 10 MAY 5
1882 10 NOV 8
1883 25 APR 9
1883 10 MAY 12
1883 27 MAY 12
1883 10 NOV 14
1884 10 MAY 16
1884 10 NOV 19
1885 10 MAY 22
1885 10 NOV 24
1886 10 MAY 27
1886 25 APR 35
1886 10 NOV 36
1887 10 MAY 38
1887 10 NOV 39
1888 10 MAY 40
1888 25 APR 41
1888 10 NOV 41
1889 25 APR 43
1889 10 MAY 43
1889 10 NOV 45
1890 25 APR 46
1890 10 MAY 46
1890 10 NOV 50

BIBLIOGRAPHYReturn to Top

Bound volumes included n materials in the collection have been kept together and have not been integrated in to the department's main collection. These are accessed through this bibliographic register.

Description
Agrippa, Henry Cornelius. The Philosophy of Natural Magic. Chicago: deLaurence Co. 1913
Bennett, W.H. "Joshua and the Conquest of Palestine." The Temple Series of Bible Handbooks. ed. Oliphand Smeaton. London: J.M. Dent & Co
Besant, Annie. Man and His Bodies. Theosophical Manuals, n.7 London: Theosophical Publishing Society. 1909
Birkedal, Wilhelm. Synd og Vaade. Odense. 1858
Collins, Mabel. The Builders. London: Theosophical Publishing Society. 1910
Cornish, John J. A Synopsis of the Holy Bible. Reed City, Michigan. 1886. (Flake 2521).
(This book has been catalogued as a vault item.)
Cruden, Alexander. A Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Hartford, Connecticut: S.S. Scranton Company
Drummond, Henry. The Greatest Thing in the World. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company. 1898
Hulme, William E. Face Your Life With Confidence: Counsels for Youth. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 1953. Fourth Printing. 1957
Jamieson, Robert et. Al. "New Testament." v.12 A commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments. Hartford, Connecticut: S.S Scranton Company
Leadbeater, C. W. The Astral Plane: It's Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena. Theosophical Manuals n.5. London: Theosophical Publishing Society. 1910
The Light of Messiah. ed. P.W.P Fagerstjerna. San Francisco: C.W. Gordon. 1888. (Flake 2521)
Loyola, Mother Mary. First Communion. Ed. Father Thurston. London: Burns & Oats. 1911
Mahan, W.D. The Archaeological and the Historical Writings of the Sanhedrin and Talmuds of the Jews. Chicago: deLaurence company. 1923
Moody. D.L. Moody's Latest Sermons. Chicago: Bible Institute Colportage Association. 1887
Moody. D.L. Select Sermons. Chicago: Bible Institute Colportage Association. 1887
Murphy, James. Creation; or the Bible and Geology Consistent: Together With the Moral Design of the Mosaic History. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers. 1850
Miller, J.R. Girls: Faults and Ideals. New York: Thomas Y. Crandall & Company. 1892
Pentecostal Hymns No. 2. comp. Henry Date. Chicago: Hope Publishing Company. 1898
Russell, Charles Taze. "Plan of the Ages." Studies in the Scriptures. Brooklyn: Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society. 1924
Sangster, Margaret E. The Story Bible. New York : The Christian Herald. 1905
Smith, Benjamin L. A Manual of Forms for Ministers. St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication. 1919
Spicer, W.A. Our Day In The Light of Prophecy. Mountain View, California: Pacific Press Publishing Association. 1917
Swedenborg, Emanuel. Angelic Wisdom Concerning the Divine Love and the Divine Wisdom. Trans. John C. Ager. New York: American Swedenborg Printing and Publishing Society. 1910
Swedenborg, Emanuel. Angelic Wisdom Concerning the Divine Providence. Trans. John C. Ager. New York: American Swedenborg Printing and Publishing Society. 1910
Swedenborg, Emanuel. The Four Leading Doctrines. trans. John Faulkner Potts. New York: American Swedenborg Printing and Publishing Society. 1910
Talmage, James E. The Great Apostasy. 2nd ed. Independence, Missouri: Zion's Printing and Publishing Company 1910. (Flake 8630)
White, Ellen G. The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan During the Christian Dispensation. Fourteenth ed. Oakland, California: Pacific Press publishing Company. 1888
White, Ellen G. Steps to Christ. Mountain View, California: Pacific Press Publishing Association. 1908
Whitte, D.W. Life, Warfare and Victory. Chicago: Bible Institute Colportage Association. 1884
Zalinski, Countess compiler. Noted Prophecies Predictions, Omens, and Legends Concerning the Great War and Great Changes to Follow. Chicago: Yogi Publishing. 1917
Eardley, J.R. Gems of Inspiration, A Collection of Sublime Thoughts by Modern Prophets. San Francisco: Joseph A. Dove. 1899
(Removed and catalogued as a vault item. See box 2 fd 15)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Church of the First Born (Morrisites)
  • Church of the First Born (Morrisites)--Sources.
  • Personal Names :
  • Dove, George S. (contributor)
  • Dove, James. (contributor)
  • Eardley, James. (contributor)
  • Forscutt, Mark H. (contributor)
  • Morris, Joseph, 1824-1862. (contributor)
  • Morris, Joseph, 1824-1862.
  • Williams, George, d. 1882. (contributor)
  • Williams, George, d. 1882.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Council Bluffs (Iowa)--History.
  • Deer Lodge (Mont.)--History.