Certificate from Michael Chandler, 6 July 1835

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, July 6th, 1835.”
“This is to make known to all who may be desirous, concerning the knowledge of Mr. Joseph Smith, jr, in deciphering the ancient Egyptian hierogliphic characters, in my possession, which I have, in many eminent cities, shown to the most learned: And, from the information that I could ever learn, or meet with, I find that of Mr. Joseph Smith, jr. to correspond in the most minute matters.” (Signed)
,—”
“Travelling with, and proprieter of Egyptian Mummies.” [p. [72]]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    Chandler provided statements of authenticity for the papyri and Charles Anthon’s sample translation. The scholars who wrote these statements were John Redman Cone, E. H. Revinus, Richard Harlan, J. Pencoat, Wm. P. E. Barton, Samuel G. Morgan, and W. E. Horner. (Oliver Cowdery, Kirtland, OH, to William Frye, Lebanon, IL, 22 Dec. 1835, in Cowdery, Letterbook, 71; Tullidge, “History of Provo City,” 283.)  

    Cowdery, Oliver. Letterbook, 1833–1838. Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.

    Tullidge, Edward W. “History of Provo City.” Tullidge’s Quarterly Magazine 3, no. 3 (July 1884): 233–285.

  2. 2

    The version published in the Messenger and Advocate has “even” instead of “ever.” (Oliver Cowdery, “Egyptian Mummies—Ancient Records,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Dec. 1835, 2:235.)  

    Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.

  3. 3

    Cowdery noted that the certificate was produced “previous to the purchase of the antiquities,” so at the time the certificate was written, Chandler was still the proprietor of the mummies. (Oliver Cowdery, Kirtland, OH, to William Frye, Lebanon, IL, 22 Dec. 1835, in Cowdery, Letterbook, 72.)  

    Cowdery, Oliver. Letterbook, 1833–1838. Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.