Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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this direction a young woman who was sister to willard  chase had found an a green glass that <&> by looking thrugh  the it she could see many wonderful things and among  the rest of her discoveries She said she had found out  the exact place where Joe smith kept his gold bible hid  so in pursuance to her directions they gathered their  forces and laid siege to the cooper shop but went  away disapointed But this did not shake their confidence in  Miss Chase for they still went from place to place by her  suggestion determined to get possession of the object  of their research
soon It soon became necessary to take some measures to  accomplish the translation of the record into English but  he was instructed to take off a fac simile of the alphabet  Egyptian charecters <composing the alphabet> <which were called reformed egyptian> Alphabetically and send them to all  the learned men that he could find and ask them for the  translation of the same. Joseph was very solicitous about  the work but as yet no means had come into his hands  of accomplishing the same it.
The reader will notice that on a preceeding page I spoke  of a confidential friend to whom mentioned  the existence of the record 2 or 3 years before it came forth.  This was no other than one of the Witnesses to  the book of Mormon after it was translated To him Joseph  desired me to go and one afternoon as he wished to see  him But this was an errand that I somewhat disliked  for his was a peculiar sort of a woman one that was  habitaully of an a very jealous temperment and being  hard of hearing She was always suspicious of some secret  being in agitation that was designedly kept from her  hearing on this account I would rather not go unless  I could approach her upon the subject before I spoke to  him about it Jos Joseph consented to this and I went  to away according to his request [p. [3], bk. 6]
this direction a young woman who was sister to willard chase had found a green glass & by looking thrugh it she could see many wonderful things and among the rest of her discoveries She said she had found out the exact place where Joe smith kept his gold bible hid so in pursuance to her directions they gathered their forces and laid siege to the cooper shop but went away disapointed But this did not shake their confidence in Miss Chase for they still went from place to place by her suggestion determined to get possession of the object of their research
It soon became necessary to take some measures to accomplish the translation of the record into English but he was instructed to take off a fac simile of the charecters composing the alphabet which were called reformed egyptian Alphabetically and send them to all the learned men that he could find and ask them for the translation of the same. Joseph was very solicitous about the work but as yet no means had come into his hands of accomplishing it.
The reader will notice that on a preceeding page I spoke of a confidential friend to whom mentioned the existence of the record 2 or 3 years before it came forth. This was no other than one of the Witnesses to the book after it was translated To him Joseph desired me to go one afternoon as he wished to see him But this was an errand that I somewhat disliked for his was a peculiar sort of a woman one that was habitaully of a very jealous temperment and being hard of hearing She was always suspicious of some secret being in agitation that was designedly kept from her hearing on this account I would rather not go unless I could approach her upon the subject before I spoke to him about it Joseph consented to this and I went according to his request [p. [3], bk. 6]
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