John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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I am
Dear sir
your brother
in the gospel
Thomas Shaw
Barnsby England April 21, 1835.
This mr. Hewet did not obey the gospel  neither would he investigate the matter. Thus  ended the mission of mr. Hewet.
About the first of July 1835 there  came a man having four Egyptian Mum mies exhibiting them for curiosities, which  was a wonder indeed! having also some r[e]cords  connected with them which were found depos ited with the Mummies, but there being  no one skilled in the Egyptian language  therefore could not translate the record, after  this [e]xhibition Joseph the Seer saw these  Record[s] and by the revelation of Jesus Christ could  translate these records, which gavee an account  of our forefathers, even Abraham Much of  which was written by Joseph of Egypt who  was sold by his brethren. Which when all trans lated will be a pleasing history and of great  value to the saints.
And now it came to pass while we  were yet in the East, There came some letters  to the Presidency respecting the Presidency of  the Elders of Zion, there being some difficulty  concerning the matter among them.
Therefore the following letter was  written to Zion. [p. 76]
I am
Dear sir
your brother
in the gospel
Thomas Shaw
Barnsby England April 21, 1835.
This mr. Hewet did not obey the gospel neither would he investigate the matter. Thus ended the mission of mr. Hewet.
About the first of July 1835 there came a man having four Egyptian Mummies exhibiting them for curiosities, which was a wonder indeed! having also some records connected with them which were found deposited with the Mummies, but there being no one skilled in the Egyptian language therefore could not translate the record, after this exhibition Joseph the Seer saw these Records and by the revelation of Jesus Christ could translate these records, which gavee an account of our forefathers, Much of which was written by Joseph of Egypt who was sold by his brethren. Which when all translated will be a pleasing history and of great value to the saints.
And now it came to pass while we were yet in the East, There came some letters to the Presidency respecting the Presidency of the Elders of Zion, there being some difficulty concerning the matter among them.
Therefore the following letter was written to Zion. [p. 76]
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