History, circa 1841, fair copy

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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stated that the translation was more correct than any he had before seen translated from the Egyptian I then showed him those which <were not translated> you translated and he said that they were Egyptian Chaldean Assyric and Arabic and that they were true charactars
He gave me a certificate that they were true characters and that when the translation was correct
I took the certificate and was leaving the house <when> he called me back and asked me how the young man ascertained that the gold plates were in the place place where he found them I answered that an angel of the Lord God had revealed it to him He then said let me see that cirtificate I accordinly gave it to him when he tore it up in pieces saying there is now no such thing as the ministring of angels and that if I would bring the plates to him he would translate them I informed him that part of the plates were sealed and that I was forbidden to bring them He replied “I cannot read a sealed book” I left him and went to Doct Mitchell [Samuel Mitchill] who sanctioned all that had said respecting the characters and and translation having returned from his tour went home to , arranged his affairs and returned returned <again> about the 12[th] of April 1828 and commenced writing while I translated; which we continued until the 14[th] of June having written 216 Pages of manuscript on fools cap Paper Sometime after began to write he requested me to give him liberty [p. 13]
stated that the translation was more correct than any he had before seen translated from the Egyptian I then showed him those which were not translated and he said that they were Egyptian Chaldean Assyric and Arabic and that they were true charactars
He gave me a certificate that they were true characters and that the translation was correct
I took the certificate and was leaving the house when he called me back and asked me how the young man ascertained that the gold plates were in the place where he found them I answered that an angel of God had revealed it to him He then said let me see that cirtificate I accordinly gave it to him when he tore it in pieces saying there is now no such thing as the ministring of angels and that if I would bring the plates to him he would translate them I informed him that part of the plates were sealed and that I was forbidden to bring them He replied “I cannot read a sealed book” I left him and went to Doct Mitchell [Samuel Mitchill] who sanctioned all that had said respecting the characters and translation having returned went home to , arranged his affairs and returned again about the 12[th] of April 1828 and commenced writing while I translated; which we continued until the 14[th] of June having written 216 Pages of manuscript on fools cap Paper Sometime after began to write he requested me to give him liberty [p. 13]
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