Letter from Glen Hardeman, 19 December 1843

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Dec 19th 1843.
Dear Sir,
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
I await your answer with extreme impatience
Yours with respect
Jos Smith [p. [1]]
P. S. If you will send me a translation of the above I will visit you at with the box and men who found it so that you can examine for yourself.
I am a witness that the above is true
P. T. Cordell [3/4 page blank] [p. [2]]
[page [3] blank] [p. [3]]
<​ Mo. DEC 25​>
<​18​>
Joseph Smith Esq
Ills [p. [4]]

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