History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

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as will be found recorded Book of Mormon Page [blank] second Edition and  Page [blank] first edition——
almost So soon as we had made this discovery, it <almost immediately> occurred to,   and the aforementioned who  had came to see us, and make enquiry how we got along with our work— <of translation;>  that they would have me enquire of the Lord, to know if they  might not obtain of him to be allowed to be these three witnesses  and at length <finally> they became so very solicitous, and teazed me  so much almost without intermission for some time, that I at  length complied, and through the Urim and Thummim I  obtained <of the Lord> for them the folowing
Revelation to &c, Book Covenants Page 171
 
Not many days after the above revelation was given, we four, viz;  , <> and myself, agreed to retire  into the woods, and try to obtain by faithful, and fervent and  humble prayer, the fulfillment of the promises given in the this revelation  (that they should have a view of the plates &c,) we accordingly made  choice of a retired piece of woods convenient, to Fat[her] ’s  <house> to which we retired and, having knelt down, we began to pray  in much faith, to Almighty God, to bestow upon us a realiz ation of those promises. It was deci had been arranged by us pre  according to previous arrangement, I commenced by vocal  prayer to our Heavenly Father, and in succ and was followed  by each of the other three <rest> in succession, we however did not yet  receive any answer or manifestation of the divine favour in our  behalf. We again observed the same order of prayer each calling  on and praying fervently to God in regular rotation. but with  the same <unbeneficial> result as before. Upon our again failing, proposed that he should withdraw himself from us  believing, as he expressed himself, that his presence was the  cause of our not obtaining the object [p. [5]]
as will be found recorded Book of Mormon Page [blank] second Edition and Page [blank] first edition——
So soon as we had made this discovery, it almost immediately occurred to, and the aforementioned who had came to see us, and make enquiry how we got along with our work— of translation; that they would have me enquire of the Lord, to know if they might not obtain of him to be allowed to be these three witnesses and finally they became so very solicitous, and teazed me so much almost without intermission for some time, that I at length complied, and through the Urim and Thummim I obtained of the Lord for them the folowing
Revelation to &c, Book Covenants Page 171
 
Not many days after the above revelation was given, we four, viz; , and myself, agreed to retire into the woods, and try to obtain by fervent and humble prayer, the fulfillment of the promises given in this revelation (that they should have a view of the plates &c,) we accordingly made choice of a piece of woods convenient, to ’s house to which we retired and, having knelt down, we began to pray in much faith, to Almighty God, to bestow upon us a realization of those promises. according to previous arrangement, I commenced by vocal prayer to our Heavenly Father, and was followed by each of the rest in succession, we however did not yet receive any answer or manifestation of the divine favour in our behalf. We again observed the same order of prayer each calling on and praying fervently to God in regular rotation. but with the same unbeneficial result as before. Upon our again failing, proposed that he should withdraw himself from us believing, as he expressed himself, that his presence was the cause of our not obtaining the object [p. [5]]
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