Editorial, circa 1 March 1842, Draft

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  • Historical Introduction

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Times & Seasons
A. considerable quantity of the matter in the last paper. was in type, before the establishment come into our <​My​> hands,— Some of which went to press. without our <​my​> recivecd. or knowledge The and a multiplicity of business— while enteri[n]g on the additional care of the editorial departmet of the Times & Seasons. mu[s]t be my apology for what is past.
In future. I design to furnish much original matter, which will be found of enestimable adventage to the saints,— & to all who— desire a knowledge of the kingdom of God.— and as it is not practicable to bring forthe the new translation. of the Scriptures. & varioes records of ancint date. & great worth to this gen[e]ration in book <​the usual​> form. by books. I shall prenit [print] specimens of the same in the Times & Seasons as fast. as time & space will admit. so that the honest in heart may be cheerd & comforted and go on their way rejoi[ci]ng.— as their souls become exp[an]ded.— & their undestandig [understanding] enlightend, by a knowledg of what Gods work through the fathers. in former days, as well as what He is about to do in Latter Days— To fulfil the words of the fathers.—
In the penst [present] no. will be found the Commencmet of the Records discoverd in Egypt. some time since. as penend by the hand. of Father Abraham. which I shall contin[u]e to translate & publish as fast as possible till the whole is completed.— and as the saints have long been anxious to obtain a copy of these re[c]ords, those [p. [1]] are now taking this times & Seasons. will confer a sp[e]cial favor on their brethren, who do not take the paper, by infor[m]ing them that. they can now obtain their hearts [3/4 page blank] [p. [2]]


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    In the 1 March 1842 issue of the Times and Seasons, JS wrote, “This paper commences my editorial career, I alone stand responsible for it, and shall do for all papers having my signature henceforward. I am not responsible for the publication, or arrangement of the former paper; the matter did not come under my supervision.” (JS, “To Subscribers,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:710.)  

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    TEXT: “The” written over “oh”, then canceled.  

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    The previous issue featured a marriage notice with a congratulatory paragraph laced with printers’ puns and suggestive language. (See Letter from Lyman O. Littlefield, 14 Mar. 1842.)  

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    From 1830 to 1833 JS revised, clarified, and augmented portions of the King James Version of the Bible through what he regarded as divine inspiration. A few excerpts from this project were printed in issues of The Evening and the Morning Star in 1832 and 1833. Though an 1840 editorial suggested that the church would print the new translation in book form, publication was still pending in early 1842. (Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 3–5; Letter to Church Brethren, 15 June 1835; “Extract from the Prophecy of Enoch,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Aug. 1832, [2]–[3] [Moses 7:1–69]; “The Church of Christ,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Mar. 1833, [1]; “The Gospel,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Apr. 1833, [1]–[3]; “Books!!!,” Times and Seasons, July 1840, 1:140.)  

    Faulring, Scott H., Kent P. Jackson, and Robert J. Matthews, eds. Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2004.

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

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    Though many of JS’s early revelations were first published in church newspapers such as The Evening and the Morning Star, most were later compiled and published in book form, such as the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. (See “Joseph Smith-Era Publications of Revelations.”)  

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    See Acts 8:39; and Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:105].  

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    See Book of Mormon, 1840 ed., 307 [Alma 32:28].  

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    JS purchased mummies and papyri that were likely exhumed from the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes by antiquities dealer Antonio Lebolo in the late 1810s or early 1820s. (Historical Introduction to Book of Abraham Manuscript, ca. Early July–ca. Nov. 1835–A [Abraham 1:4–2:6].)  

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    Installments of the Book of Abraham were printed in the 1 March, 15 March, and 16 May 1842 issues of the Times and Seasons. In February 1843 John Taylor, editor of the newspaper, noted that JS promised to “furnish us with further extracts from the Book of Abraham.” However, no additional installments were printed in the newspaper. (“The Book of Abraham,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:703–706 [Abraham 1:1–2:18]; 15 Mar. 1842, 3:719–722 [Abraham 2:19–5:21]; “A Fac-simile from the Book of Abraham. No. 3,” Times and Seasons, 16 May 1842, 3:783–784 [Abraham, facsimile 3]; Facsimile Printing Plates and Published Books of Abraham, ca. 23 Feb.–ca. 16 May 1842; [John Taylor], “Notice,” Times and Seasons, 1 Feb. 1843, 4:95.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.