Scope and Content

Manuscript copy of Newel Knight's autobiography and journal prepared in 1871 under the direction of Knight's wife, Lydia Knight. Contains account of Newel Knight's early association with Joseph Smith and Knight's experiences in Colesville, New York; Jackson and Clay counties, Missouri; Kirtland, Ohio; Far West, Missouri; and Nauvoo, Illinois. Includes daily entries referring to Knight's travel west in 1846 and experiences in George Miller's Company that wintered near Ponca Indian settlements. Interjected into Knight's early recollections are selections from Joseph Smith's history as it was published in the "Times and Seasons."

Manuscript contains copies of two letters from Joseph Smith and John Whitmer to Colesville Church members. Letter of 20 August 1830 from Harmony, Pennsylvania, offers words of encouragement and comfort (pages 128-136). Letter of 2 December 1830 from Fayette, New York, encourages Church members to be faithful and cites prophecies being fulfilled. Letter also refers to Orson Pratt being sent to Colesville and contains a postscript to Hyrum Smith. The 2 December letter also includes a copy of Oliver Cowdery's 12 November 1830 letter from Kirtland, Ohio, referring to missionaries' visit to Indians and baptisms in Kirtland, including that of Sidney Rigdon (p.196-211).

Manuscript also contains copies of the following revelations: Moses 1 and 7; Doctrine and Covenants sections 26-31, 35-38, 52, 54, 56, 57, 59, 89, 101, 103, 105, 103, 110; and an uncanonized revelation given at Far West on 8 July 1838.

Appendix A contains Knight and Goldthwaite genealogy. Appendix B contains copies of Newel Knight's elder's and high priest's certificates issued by Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer; missionary license issued by Joseph Smith and F. G. Williams in 1836; and Nauvoo baptismal font privileges certificates, one of which is issued by Joseph Smith. Appendix 3 contains copies of family blessings, 1835-1856, and roster of those living at the Ponca camp in 1846.

Manuscript includes notations by Lydia Knight, James G. Bleak, and Historian's Office clerk Robert L. Campbell.

Typescript copy is available cataloged as MS 17147. An earlier manuscript version of Newel Knight's autobiography is cataloged as MS 767 (fd. 1).

Arrangement of Materials


6 electronic folders

6 electronic folders

Use and Access

Open to research.

Copyright expired.

Preferred Citation

[Item description], Newel Knight autobiography. Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Knight, Newel 1800-1847
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Open to research.
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6 electronic folders
6 electronic folders

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