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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

twice renewed, instructing him further, and still further, concerning the great work of God, about to be performed on the earth. In the morning, he went out to his labour as usual; but soon the vision was renewed—the Angel again appeared; and having been informed by the previous visions of the night, concerning the place where those records were deposited, he was instructed to go immediately and view them.
Accordingly, he repaired to the place, a brief description of which shall be given, in the words of a gentleman, by the name of Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, who has visited the spot.6

Pratt quotes from and paraphrases Oliver Cowdery, “Letter VII,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, July 1835, 1:158 ; and Oliver Cowdery, “Letter VIII,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Oct. 1835, 2:195–199.  


“As you pass on the mail-road, from Palmyra

Known as Swift’s Landing and Tolland before being renamed Palmyra, 1796. Incorporated, Mar. 1827, two years after completion of adjacent Erie Canal. Population in 1820 about 3,700. Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith family lived in village briefly, beginning ...

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, Wayne county, to Canandaigua

Located in central part of county in west-central part of state. Area settled, by 1790. Population in 1830 about 5,200. Joseph Smith Sr. imprisoned for debt for thirty days at county seat of Canandaigua village, Oct.–Nov. 1830. W. W. Phelps and Brigham Young...

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, Ontario county, New York, before arriving at the little village of Manchester

Settled 1793. Formed as Burt Township when divided from Farmington Township, 31 Mar. 1821. Name changed to Manchester, 16 Apr. 1822. Included village of Manchester. Population in 1825 about 2,700. Population in 1830 about 2,800. JS reported first vision of...

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, say from three to four, or about four miles from Palmyra

Known as Swift’s Landing and Tolland before being renamed Palmyra, 1796. Incorporated, Mar. 1827, two years after completion of adjacent Erie Canal. Population in 1820 about 3,700. Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith family lived in village briefly, beginning ...

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, you pass a large hill on the east side of the road. Why I say large, is because it is as large, perhaps, as any in that country.
“The north end rises quite suddenly until it assumes a level with the more southerly extremity; and I think, I may say, an elevation higher than at the south, a short distance, say half or three-fourths of a mile. As you pass towards Canandaigua

Located in central part of county in west-central part of state. Area settled, by 1790. Population in 1830 about 5,200. Joseph Smith Sr. imprisoned for debt for thirty days at county seat of Canandaigua village, Oct.–Nov. 1830. W. W. Phelps and Brigham Young...

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, it lessens gradually, until the surface assumes its common level, or is broken by other smaller hills or ridges, water-courses and ravines. I think I am justified in saying, that this is the highest hill for some distance round, and I am certain, that its appearance, as it rises so suddenly from a plain on the north, must attract the notice of the traveller as he passes by.”—“The north end,” which has been described as rising suddenly from the plain, forms “a promontory without timber, but covered with grass. As you pass to the south, you soon come to scattering timber, the surface having been cleared by art or wind; and a short distance further left, you are surrounded with the common forest of the country. It is necessary to observe, that even the part cleared, was only occupied for pasturage; its steep ascent, and narrow summit not admitting the plough of the husbandman, with any degree of ease or profit. It was at the second mentioned place, where the record was found to be deposited, on the west side of the hill, not far from the top down its side; and when myself visited the place in the year 1830, there were several trees standing—enough to cause a shade in [p. 8]
twice renewed, instructing him further, and still further,  concerning the great work of God, about to be performed  on the earth. In the morning, he went out to his labour  as usual; but soon the vision was renewed—the Angel  again appeared; and having been informed by the previous  visions of the night, concerning the place where those  records were deposited, he was instructed to go immedi ately and view them.
Accordingly, he repaired to the place, a brief description  of which shall be given, in the words of a gentleman, by  the name of Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, who has visited the spot.6

Pratt quotes from and paraphrases Oliver Cowdery, “Letter VII,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, July 1835, 1:158 ; and Oliver Cowdery, “Letter VIII,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Oct. 1835, 2:195–199.  


“As you pass on the mail-road, from Palmyra

Known as Swift’s Landing and Tolland before being renamed Palmyra, 1796. Incorporated, Mar. 1827, two years after completion of adjacent Erie Canal. Population in 1820 about 3,700. Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith family lived in village briefly, beginning ...

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, Wayne  county, to Canandaigua

Located in central part of county in west-central part of state. Area settled, by 1790. Population in 1830 about 5,200. Joseph Smith Sr. imprisoned for debt for thirty days at county seat of Canandaigua village, Oct.–Nov. 1830. W. W. Phelps and Brigham Young...

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, Ontario county, New York, be fore arriving at the little village of Manchester

Settled 1793. Formed as Burt Township when divided from Farmington Township, 31 Mar. 1821. Name changed to Manchester, 16 Apr. 1822. Included village of Manchester. Population in 1825 about 2,700. Population in 1830 about 2,800. JS reported first vision of...

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, say from  three to four, or about four miles from Palmyra

Known as Swift’s Landing and Tolland before being renamed Palmyra, 1796. Incorporated, Mar. 1827, two years after completion of adjacent Erie Canal. Population in 1820 about 3,700. Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith family lived in village briefly, beginning ...

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, you pass  a large hill on the east side of the road. Why I say large,  is because it is as large, perhaps, as any in that country.
“The north end rises quite suddenly until it assumes a  level with the more southerly extremity; and I think, I  may say, an elevation higher than at the south, a short  distance, say half or three-fourths of a mile. As you pass  towards Canandaigua

Located in central part of county in west-central part of state. Area settled, by 1790. Population in 1830 about 5,200. Joseph Smith Sr. imprisoned for debt for thirty days at county seat of Canandaigua village, Oct.–Nov. 1830. W. W. Phelps and Brigham Young...

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, it lessens gradually, until the surface  assumes its common level, or is broken by other smaller  hills or ridges, water-courses and ravines. I think I am  justified in saying, that this is the highest hill for some  distance round, and I am certain, that its appearance, as it  rises so suddenly from a plain on the north, must attract  the notice of the traveller as he passes by.”—“The north  end,” which has been described as rising suddenly from the  plain, forms “a promontory without timber, but covered  with grass. As you pass to the south, you soon come to  scattering timber, the surface having been cleared by art  or wind; and a short distance further left, you are sur rounded with the common forest of the country. It is  necessary to observe, that even the part cleared, was only  occupied for pasturage; its steep ascent, and narrow sum mit not admitting the plough of the husbandman, with any  degree of ease or profit. It was at the second mentioned  place, where the record was found to be deposited, on the  west side of the hill, not far from the top down its side;  and when myself visited the place in the year 1830, there  were several trees standing—enough to cause a shade in [p. 8]
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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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