, Letter, , St. Louis Co., MO, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 19 Dec. 1843; handwriting probably of ; witnessed by P. T. Cordell; dockets in handwriting of and ; two pages; JS Collection, CHL.
Dec 19th 1843.
The folowing is a copy of what I suppose to be a Egyptian hieroglyphics. The characters were found written on a piece of linen cloth and enclosed in a stone box and dug out of a well about three miles South East of this place by John Strangdon and John E Flays. The box and all are in my possession and to you I have applied as the only person who in my estimation can give a satisfactory translation. The men are extremely illiterate who found it and would not have given it to me had I not promised to keep the secret untill I could communicate with you
[3 lines of unknown characters]
If you can give me a translation of this I will believe in you & that is all I can do