History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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together with some two or more rolls of papyrus, covered with  <July 3.> Hierogliphic, figures and devices. As had been told  <4.> that I could translate them, he brought me some of the char acters, and I gave him the interpretation, and like a gentleman  <6.  Certificate of  > he gave me the following certificate,
July 6th 1835
“This is to make known to all who may be desirous, concerning  the knowledge of Mr Joseph Smith. Junr. in deciphering the  Ancient Egyptian Heiroglyphic characters, in my possession,  which I have, in many emminent cities, shewed to the  most learned: And, from the information that I could  ever learn, or meet with, I find that of Mr Joseph Smith,  Junr, to correspondent correspondend in the most minute matters.” (signed)  , traveling with, and proprietor of Egyptian Mummies.”
5 July 1835 • Sunday
<Sunday. 5.  Hull Barton rejected> Sunday 5th. I preached in the afternoon.— Hull Burton,— or  Michael H. Barton tried to get into the church, but was not willing  to confess and forsake all his sins, and was rejected.
6 July 1835 • Monday
<6  Purchase of the  Egyptian Mummies.> Soon after this, some of the Saints at , purchased the  Mummies and Papyrus (a description of which will appear hereafter)  and I, with and , as scribes, commenced  <Translation of some  of the Characters.> the translation of some of the characters or hieroglyphics, and  much to our joy found that one of the rolls contained the writings  of Abraham; another the writings of Joseph of Egypt, &c, a  more full account <of which> will appear in their place, as I proceed to  examine or unfold them. Truly can we say the Lord is  beginning to reveal the abundance of peace and truth.
9–14 July 1835 • Thursday–Tuesday
<9.> on the 9th. I rode to in company with Elder  <14.  Council  of the presidency.  Trial of  Testimony of  Joseph Smith  .> and others. On the 14 a charge was preferred against  Elder , to a council of the presidency, for unchris tian like conduct, in breaking a certain sacred covenant, made  September 2 4th 1834. I instructed the council on points of duty  such as observing covenants, &c, and testified to the truth of  the above covenant. President testified that he,  himself framed the above covenant, and that at the time,   said that he had a witness that it was the  will of the Lord that he should conscerate the surplus of  <> what would be for his and his family’s support. stated that agreed to let <the> Presidency  and others, have money on loan for the printing of the  Book of Revelations, if he could control his property,  <Decision> in one year, or, as soon as he obtained it.— Decided that   broke the covenant which he made September  4th. 1834. Therefore he is not a member of this church, unless  he make satisfaction to those whom he injured. Also  <  tried> was complained of, as having spoken evil of  dignities, by saying that “the high Council had the wrong tree  to bark up.” which was testified to <by> , , &c  It was decided that shall make public confession  to the satisfaction of the injured, and walk as a saint in all things [p. 596]
together with some two or more rolls of papyrus, covered with July 3. Hierogliphic, figures and devices. As had been told 4. that I could translate them, he brought me some of the characters, and I gave him the interpretation, and like a gentleman 6. Certificate of he gave me the following certificate,
July 6th 1835
“This is to make known to all who may be desirous, concerning the knowledge of Mr Joseph Smith. Junr. in deciphering the Ancient Egyptian Heiroglyphic characters, in my possession, which I have, in many emminent cities, shewed to the most learned: And, from the information that I could ever learn, or meet with, I find that of Mr Joseph Smith, Junr, to correspondend in the most minute matters.” (signed) “, traveling with, and proprietor of Egyptian Mummies.”
5 July 1835 • Sunday
Sunday. 5. Hull Barton rejected Sunday 5th. I preached in the afternoon.— Hull Burton,— or Michael H. Barton tried to get into the church, but was not willing to confess and forsake all his sins, and was rejected.
6 July 1835 • Monday
6 Purchase of the Egyptian Mummies. Soon after this, some of the Saints at , purchased the Mummies and Papyrus (a description of which will appear hereafter) and I, with and , as scribes, commenced Translation of some of the Characters. the translation of some of the characters or hieroglyphics, and much to our joy found that one of the rolls contained the writings of Abraham; another the writings of Joseph of Egypt, &c, a more full account of which will appear in their place, as I proceed to examine or unfold them. Truly can we say the Lord is beginning to reveal the abundance of peace and truth.
9–14 July 1835 • Thursday–Tuesday
9. on the 9th. I rode to in company with Elder 14. Council of the presidency. Trial of Testimony of Joseph Smith . and others. On the 14 a charge was preferred against Elder , to a council of the presidency, for unchristian like conduct, in breaking a certain sacred covenant, made September 4th 1834. I instructed the council on points of duty such as observing covenants, &c, and testified to the truth of the above covenant. President testified that he, himself framed the above covenant, and that at the time, said that he had a witness that it was the will of the Lord that he should conscerate the surplus of what would be for his and his family’s support. stated that agreed to let the Presidency and others, have money on loan for the printing of the Revelations, if he could control his property, Decision in one year, or, as soon as he obtained it.— Decided that broke the covenant which he made September 4th. 1834. Therefore he is not a member of this church, unless he make satisfaction to those whom he injured. Also tried was complained of, as having spoken evil of dignities, by saying that “the high Council had the wrong tree to bark up.” which was testified to by , , &c It was decided that shall make public confession to the satisfaction of the injured, and walk as a saint in all things [p. 596]
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