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Appendix: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840

Appendix: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840

ney. He had not gone far, before he was overtaken by an officer with a search-warrant, who flattered himself with the idea, that he should surely obtain the plates; after searching very diligently, he was sadly disappointed at not finding them. Mr Smith then drove on; but before he got to his journey’s end, he was again overtaken by an officer on the same business, and after ransacking the waggon very carefully, he went his way, as much chagrined as the first, at not being able to discover the object of his research. Without any further molestation, he pursued his journey until he came into the northern part of Pennsylvania

Area first settled by Swedish immigrants, 1628. William Penn received grant for territory from King Charles II, 1681, and established British settlement, 1682. Philadelphia was center of government for original thirteen U.S. colonies from time of Revolutionary...

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, near the Susquehannah river, in which part his father-in-law

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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resided.10

In December 1827, JS and Emma relocated to Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where Isaac and Elizabeth Hale resided. (JS History, ca. Summer 1832, 5.)  


Having provided himself with a home, he commenced translating the record, by the gift and power of God, through the means of the Urim and Thummim; and being a poor writer, he was under the necessity of employing a scribe, to write the translation as it came from his mouth.
In the mean time, a few of the original characters were accurately transcribed and translated by Mr Smith, which, with the translation, were taken by a gentleman by the name of Martin Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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, to the city of New York

Dutch founded New Netherland colony, 1625. Incorporated under British control and renamed New York, 1664. Harbor contributed to economic and population growth of city; became largest city in American colonies. British troops defeated Continental Army under...

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, where they were presented to a learned gentleman by the name of Charles Anthon

17 Nov. 1797–29 July 1867. College professor, lawyer. Born in New York City. Son of George Christian Anthon and Genevieve Judot. Attended Columbia College, 1811–1815, in New York City. Studied law; admitted to bar, 1819. Adjunct professor of Greek and Latin...

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, who professed to be extensively acquainted with many languages, both ancient and modern. He examined them; but was unable to decipher them correctly; but he presumed, that if the original records could be brought, he could assist in translating them.
But to return. Mr Smith continued the work of translation, as his pecuniary circumstances would permit, until he finished the unsealed part of the records. The part translated is entitled the “Book of Mormon,” which contains nearly as much reading as the Old Testament.
In this important and most interesting book, we can read the history of ancient America, from its early settlement by a colony who came from the tower of Babel, at the confusion of languages, to the beginning of the fifth century of the Christian era. By these Records we are informed, that America, in ancient times, has been inhabited by two distinct races of people. The first, or more ancient race, came directly from the great tower, being called Jaredites. The second race came directly from the city of Jerusalem, about six hundred years before Christ, being Israelites, [p. 14]
ney. He had not gone far, before he was overtaken by an  officer with a search-warrant, who flattered himself with the  idea, that he should surely obtain the plates; after search ing very diligently, he was sadly disappointed at not finding  them. Mr Smith then drove on; but before he got to his  journey’s end, he was again overtaken by an officer on the  same business, and after ransacking the waggon very care fully, he went his way, as much chagrined as the first, at not  being able to discover the object of his research. Without  any further molestation, he pursued his journey until he  came into the northern part of Pennsylvania

Area first settled by Swedish immigrants, 1628. William Penn received grant for territory from King Charles II, 1681, and established British settlement, 1682. Philadelphia was center of government for original thirteen U.S. colonies from time of Revolutionary...

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, near the Sus quehannah river, in which part his father-in-law

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

View Full Bio
resided.10

In December 1827, JS and Emma relocated to Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where Isaac and Elizabeth Hale resided. (JS History, ca. Summer 1832, 5.)  


Having provided himself with a home, he commenced  translating the record, by the gift and power of God,  through the means of the Urim and Thummim; and being  a poor writer, he was under the necessity of employing a  scribe, to write the translation as it came from his mouth.
In the mean time, a few of the original characters were  accurately transcribed and translated by Mr Smith, which,  with the translation, were taken by a gentleman by the  name of Martin Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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, to the city of New York

Dutch founded New Netherland colony, 1625. Incorporated under British control and renamed New York, 1664. Harbor contributed to economic and population growth of city; became largest city in American colonies. British troops defeated Continental Army under...

More Info
, where  they were presented to a learned gentleman by the name  of [Charles] Anthon

17 Nov. 1797–29 July 1867. College professor, lawyer. Born in New York City. Son of George Christian Anthon and Genevieve Judot. Attended Columbia College, 1811–1815, in New York City. Studied law; admitted to bar, 1819. Adjunct professor of Greek and Latin...

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, who professed to be extensively acquainted with  many languages, both ancient and modern. He examined  them; but was unable to decipher them correctly; but he  presumed, that if the original records could be brought, he  could assist in translating them.
But to return. Mr Smith continued the work of  translation, as his pecuniary circumstances would permit,  until he finished the unsealed part of the records. The part  translated is entitled the “Book of Mormon,” which con tains nearly as much reading as the Old Testament.
In this important and most interesting book, we can read  the history of ancient America, from its early settlement by  a colony who came from the tower of Babel, at the confu sion of languages, to the beginning of the fifth century of  the Christian era. By these Records we are informed,  that America, in ancient times, has been inhabited by two  distinct races of people. The first, or more ancient race,  came directly from the great tower, being called Jaredites.  The second race came directly from the city of Jerusalem,  about six hundred years before Christ, being Israelites, [p. 14]
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Orson Pratt

19 Sept. 1811–3 Oct. 1881. Farmer, writer, teacher, merchant, surveyor, editor, publisher. Born at Hartford, Washington Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Moved to New Lebanon, Columbia Co., New York, 1814; to Canaan, Columbia Co., fall...

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, A Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, and of the Late Discovery of Ancient American Records; 1–31 pp.; Edinburgh, Scotland: Ballantyne and Hughes, 1840. The copy used for transcription is held at CHL.

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