History, circa 1841, fair copy

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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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 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, 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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