History, circa 1841, fair copy

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a hill of considerable size and the most elevated  of any in the neighborhood; on the west side of which  near the top under a <large> stone of large size lay the plates  deposited in a stone box This stone was round ing thinner 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 exer tion I looked in, there indeed did I behold the  plates with the Urim and Thummin, with <and> 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 until four years had  expired: but he told me to visit the place one year  from that time and 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 and found the Messenger there recieving  instruction and intelligence 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  with a great affliction in the death of my  eldest In october the following year  I hired to an elderly gentleman  residing in N. Y
He had heard something of Silver mine  in [p. 10]
a hill of considerable size and the most elevated of any in the neighborhood; 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 thinner 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 exertion I looked in, there indeed did I behold the plates with the Urim and Thummin, and 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 until four years had expired: but he told me to visit the place one year from that time and 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 and found the Messenger there recieving instruction and intelligence 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 with a great affliction in the death of my eldest In october the following year I hired to an elderly gentleman residing in N. Y
He had heard something of Silver mine in [p. 10]
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