Egyptian Counting, circa July–circa December 1835

Source Note
“Egyptian Counting,” [Kirtland, OH, ca. July–ca. Dec. 1835]; handwriting of
Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latterday Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...
More InfoWilliam W. Phelps; two pages; Kirtland Egyptian Papers, CHL. Includes archival notations.17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...
View Full BioNote: When an Egyptian hieratic character appears on the manuscript, it is represented by a stylized “H” in the transcript. The transcript of “Egyptian Counting” presented here is used with permission of Brian M. Hauglid, associate professor of ancient scripture, Brigham Young University. Hauglid is preparing a collection of JS Egyptian materials, including this document, for print publication.
Characters  names  English Explanation 
H  Eh  one 
H  Ni  Two 
H  Ze  Three 
H  Teh  Four 
H  Veh  Five 
H  Psi  Six 
H  Psa  Seven 
H  a  eight 
H  na  nine 
H  Tah  Ten 
H H  Eh=Tah  10 & 1 are Eleven or [blank] 
H H  Ni=Tah  10 & 2 " Twelve 
H H  Ze=Tah  10 & 3 " Thirteen 
H H  Teh Tah  10 & 4 " Fourteen 
H H  Veh=Tah  10 & 5 " Fifteen 
H H  Psi Tah  10 & 6 " Sixteen 
H H  Psa=Tah  10 & 7 " Seventeen 
H H  A=Tah  10 & 8 " Eighteen 
H H  Na=Tah  10 & 9 " Nineteen 
H H  Tah=Ni  2 Tmes 10 " Twenty 
H H H  Eh=Tah=Ni  twice ten and one are 21 
H H H  Ni=Tah Ni  twice ten and two " 22 
H H H  Ze=Tah Ni  twice ten and three " 23 
H H H  Teh=Tah Ni  twice ten and four " 24 
H H H  Veh=Tah Ni  twice ten and five " 25 
H H H  Psi Tah Ni  twice ten and Six "26 
H H H  Psa Tah Ni  twice ten and Seven " 27 
H H H  A=Tah=Ni  twice ten and eight " 28 
H H H  Na=Tah=Ni  twice ten and eight " 29 
H H  Tah=Ze  three times ten are 30 
H H H  Eh=Tah=Ze  three times ten and one are 31 
H H H  Ni=Tah=Ze  three times ten and two " 32 
H H H  Ze=Tah=Ze  three times ten and three " 33 
H H H  Teh=Tah=Ze  three times ten and four " 34 
H H H  Veh=Tah=Ze  three times ten and five " 35 
H H H  Psi Tah Ze  three times ten and six " 36 
H H H  Psa Tah Ze  three times ten and seven " 37 
H H H  A=Tah=Ze  three times ten and eight " 38 
H H H  Na=Tah=Ze  [t]hree times ten and nine " 39 