“Valuable Discovery of hiden reccords,” circa July–circa December 1835

“Valuable Discovery of hiden reccords,” circa July–circa December 1835

[front cover] Valuable Discovery of hiden reccords that have been obtained from the ancient buring place of the Egyptians
Joseph Smith Jr.
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Willard Richards handwriting begins.  

Valuable Discovery of  hiden reccords that have  been obtained from the ancient  buring place of the Egyptians
Joseph Smith Jr.
“Valuable Discovery of hiden reccords,” [Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, OH], ca. July–circa Dec. 1835; handwriting of Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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; three pages; Kirtland Egyptian Papers, CHL. Includes redactions in handwriting of Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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Hand-made notebook made up of two gatherings of three leaves folded to make six leaves or 12 pages for a total of 12 leaves or 24 pages. The first three leaves of the notebook are inscribed on the recto of each leaf. The gatherings are bound together with string and six holes along the left side (not in the gutter). String is present on the brown wrapper that aligns with holes in the text block, but it is no longer attached. The leaves measure 7⅞ x 6 inches. There are about 17–19 lines that are extremely faded (hard to get a count). The brown paper is rough cut, but measures about 8½ x 6⅛. There is damage to the lower right corner of the brown sheet and first page. Some staining exists on the brown cover (upper right) and lower edge. Some foxing exists on the internal pages.
Note: When an Egyptian hieratic character appears on the manuscript, it is represented by a stylized “H” in the transcript. The transcript of “Valuable discovery” presented here is used with permission of Brian M. Hauglid, associate professor of ancient scripture, Brigham Young University. Hauglid is preparing a collection of JS Egyptian materials, including this document, for print publication.