History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

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a hill of considerable size. and <the> most elev ated of any in the neighbourhood; on the west  side of this hill. <which> near the top under a <large> stone  of large size. lay the plates deposited in  a stone box— This stone. was rounding.  thiner at the edges than in the middle  which was visible above the ground—
Having removed the earth which covered  the thin edge of the stone. I fixed a lever  under it. and <raised it.> with little and raised  it with <a> little exertion—I looked in there  indeed did I behold the plates. with the  Urim & Thummin. & the breast plate— The  box in which they lay were <placed> was formed of  stones, laid in some kind of cement— In  the bottom of the box. were two transversed  stones. on which lay the plates &c. I made  <an> en◊◊ attempt to take them. but was forbidden  <by the Messenger.> as the time for bringing them forth. had not  yet arrived; neither would <it> untill four years  had expired: but he told me to visit the  plats place. in one year from that time. and  that he would <be> with me and I should  continue to do so until permitted to obtain  them. Accordingly I went at the end of ea ch year <&> found the Messenger there. receiving in struction, and inteligence. from him of what  the Lord was going to do; and how his kin gdom was to be conducted. in the last days
In the year 1824. my s family. met  with a great affliction. in the death of my  eldest — In Oct.. the following year. I.  hired to . an elderly Gent.. ris iding in N. Y.
He had  heard something of a silver mine. in [p. 10]
a hill of considerable size. and the most elevated of any in the neighbourhood; on the west side of . which near the top under a large stone . lay the plates deposited in a stone box— This stone. was rounding. thiner at the edges than in the middle which was visible above the ground—
Having removed the earth which covered the thin edge of the stone. I fixed a lever under it. and raised it with a little exertion—I looked in there indeed did I behold the plates. with the Urim & Thummin. & the breast plate— The box in which they were placed was formed of stones, laid in some kind of cement— In the bottom of the box. were transverse stones. on which lay the plates &c. I made an attempt to take them. but was forbidden by the Messenger. as the time for bringing them forth. had not yet arrived; neither would it untill four years had expired: but he told me to visit the place. in one year from that time. and that he would be with me and I should continue to do so until permitted to obtain them. Accordingly I went at the end of each year & found the Messenger there. receiving instruction, and inteligence. from him of what the Lord was going to do; and how his kingdom was to be conducted. in the last days
In the year 1824. my ’s family. met with a great affliction. in the death of my eldest — In Oct.. the following year. I. hired to . an elderly Gent.. risiding in N. Y.
He had heard something of a silver mine. in [p. 10]
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