History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

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Mean time our translation drawing to a close, we went to  , and agreed there <with Mr> to print and publish  it five thousand <copies> for three thousand Dollars, and about this  time secured the copy right. I would mention here also  in order to correct a misunderstanding, which has gone abroad  concerning the title page of the Book of Mormon, that it is not  a composition of mine or of any other man’s who has lived or does  live in this generation, but that it is a literal translation taken  from the last leaf of the plates, on the left hand side of the collec tion of plates, the language running same as the <all> Hebrew <wr[i]ting>  language <in general>. And that no error can henceforth possibly  exist I give here the Title so far as it is a translation.
Title page—
 
Revelation page 174
 
<Whilst the Book of Mormon was in the hands of the printer, we still  continued to bear testimony, and preach to such as would hear  as far as we had opportunity. And <We> made known also to the <those> members  who had already been baptized, that we had received commandment  to organize the Church: and according to accordingly <we> met to together, <(being about 30 <six> in number) besides a number who were beleiving—met with us> on Tuesday  the Sixth day of Aprile in the year of our A.D. A thousand &  One thousand, Eight hundred and thirty, and proceeded, as follows,  <at the house of the above mentioned s——>>
Revelation Page 177——
Having opened the meeting by solemn prayer to our Heavenly Father  <and the meeting Ch brethren & sisters having by a unamious vote, accepted us as &c>  I proceeded to lay my hands upon —and ordained him  an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, after which he  ordained me also to the office of an Elder of said Church. We then took  bread, blessed it, & brake it with them, also wine, blessed it, and drank it  with them. We then laid our hands on each individual member of the Church  present, to confirm them members of the Church of Jesus Christ, and that they  might receive the Holy Ghost, when immediately the Holy Ghost was  poured out upon <us all> the whole community <to a greter or less degree.> in a <very> miraculous manner. < baptized this evening 6th April   & Sister Rockwell 2 or 3 days afterwards> Some [p. [9]]
Mean time our translation drawing to a close, we went to , and agreed there with Mr to print five thousand copies for three thousand Dollars, and about this time secured the copy right. I would mention here also in order to correct a misunderstanding, which has gone abroad concerning the title page of the Book of Mormon, that it is not a composition of mine or of any other man’s who has lived or does live in this generation, but that it is a literal translation taken from the last leaf of the plates, on the left hand side of the collection of plates, the language running same as all Hebrew writing in general. And that no error can henceforth possibly exist I give here the Title so far as it is a translation.
Title page—
 
Revelation page 174
 
Whilst the Book of Mormon was in the hands of the printer, we still continued to bear testimony, to such as would hear as far as we had opportunity. We made known also to those who had already been baptized, that we had received commandment to organize the Church: and accordingly we met to together, (being six in number) besides a number who were beleiving—met with us on Tuesday the Sixth day of Aprile A.D. One thousand, Eight hundred and thirty, and proceeded, as follows, at the house of the above mentioned s——
Revelation Page 177——
Having opened the meeting by solemn prayer to our Heavenly Father and the brethren & sisters having by a unamious vote, accepted us as &c I proceeded to lay my hands upon —and ordained him an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, after which he ordained me also to the office of an Elder of said Church. We then took bread, blessed it, & brake it with them, also wine, blessed it, and drank it with them. We then laid our hands on each individual member of the Church present, to confirm them members of the Church of Jesus Christ, and that they might receive the Holy Ghost, when immediately the Holy Ghost was poured out upon us all to a greter or less degree. . baptized this evening 6th April & Sister Rockwell 2 or 3 days afterwards Some [p. [9]]
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