Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, circa August 1829–circa January 1830

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The Book of Mormon—— An account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi wherefore it is an abridgment of the record of the People of Nephi & also of the Lamanites written to the Lamanites which are a remnant of the house of Israel & also to Jew & Gentile written by way of commandment & also by the spirit of Prophesy & of revelation written & sealed up & hid up unto the Lord that they might not be destroid to come forth by the gift & power of God unto the interpretation thereof sealed by the hand of Moroni & hiid hid up unto the Lord to come forth in due time by the way of Gentile the interpretation thereof by the gift of God an abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also which as <is> a record of the People of Jared which were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the People when they were building a tower to get to heaven which is to shew unto the remnant of the house of Israel how great things the Lord hath done for their fathers & that they may know the covenants of the Lord that they are not cast off forever & also to the convinceing of the Jew & Gentile that Jesus is the Christ the Eternal God manifesting himself unto all Nations & now if there be fault it be the mistake of men wherefore condemn not the things of God that ye may be found spotless at the Judgment seat of Christ
—— By Joseph Smith Juniour Author & proprietor
 
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Be it remembered that on the eleventh day of June in the fifty third year of the independance of the A.D 1829 Joseph Smith Junior of the sai said Destrict hath deposited in this office the title of a Book the right whereof he claims a author in the words following to wit
Tthe Book of Mormon. . &.C.—— By Joseph Smith Junor Author & propri <propriet[or]>
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Title Page
The Book of Mormon—— An account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi wherefore it is an abridgment of the record of the People of Nephi & also of the Lamanites written to the Lamanites which are a remnant of the house of Israel & also to Jew & Gentile written by way of commandment & also by the spirit of Prophesy & of revelation written & sealed up & hid up unto the Lord that they might not be destroid to come forth by the gift & power of God unto the interpretation thereof sealed by the hand of Moroni & hid up unto the Lord to come forth in due time by the way of Gentile the interpretation thereof by the gift of God an abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also which is a record of the People of Jared which were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the People when they were building a tower to get to heaven which is to shew unto the remnant of the house of Israel how great things the Lord hath done for their fathers & that they may know the covenants of the Lord that they are not cast off forever & also to the convinceing of the Jew & Gentile that Jesus is the Christ the Eternal God manifesting himself unto all Nations & now if there be fault it be the mistake of men wherefore condemn not the things of God that ye may be found spotless at the Judgment seat of Christ
—— By Joseph Smith Juniour Author & proprietor
 
Northen District of } to wit.
Be it remembered that on the eleventh day of June in the fifty third year of the independance of the A.D 1829 Joseph Smith Junior of the said Destrict hath deposited in this office the title of a Book the right whereof he claims a author in the words following to wit
Tthe Book of Mormon. . &.C.—— By Joseph Smith Junor Author proprietor
Cherk of the Destrict cort for the Northren District of [p. [i]]
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