As a close associate of Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdrey was uniquely qualified to write about the Book of Mormon. In 1835 he wrote a letter describing the Hill Cumorah in New York as the scene of the final battles of the Nephites and Jaredites of the Book of Mormon. Letter VII is Oliver’s answer to those who are uncertain or confused about the location of the Hill Cumorah of the Book of Mormon.
Oliver’s letter – Letter VII – is one of the critical documents in Church history. It was published several times while Joseph Smith was alive. Joseph even had his scribes copy it into his personal journal as part of his life history. It was accepted by every early LDS writer and leader.
Reading and understanding Letter VII is a faith-affirming experience for those who accept the Book of Mormon as both modern day scripture and an actual history.