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Copyright for Book of Mormon, 11 June 1829

Northern District of)To wit:
New York

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Be it remembered, That on the Eleventh day of June in the fifty third year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1829 Joseph Smith Junior of the said District, hath deposited in this Office the title of a book the right whereof he claims as author in the words following, to wit:1

According to JS’s history, the title page of the Book of Mormon was “a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates.” (JS History, vol. A-1, 34; see also Title Page of Book of Mormon, ca. Early June 1829.)  


The Book of Mormon; an account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates

A record engraved on gold plates, which JS translated and published as the Book of Mormon. The text explained that the plates were an abridgement of other ancient records and were written by an American prophet named Mormon and his son Moroni. The plates ...

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taken from the plates of Nephi. Wherefore it is an abridgement of the record of the people of Nephi

A term used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants and followers of Nephi, as well as those who later identified themselves as Nephites for religious reasons. According to JS and the Book of Mormon, Lehi and Sariah, Nephi’s parents, and their family...

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and also of the Lamanites

A term used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, as well as those who later identified themselves as Lamanites because they did not believe in the religious traditions of their ancestors. According to JS and the Book of...

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, written to the Lamanites,2

When Richard R. Lansing copied the title page in the retained copyright record, he left out the phrase “written to the Lamanites,” even though it was included in the printed version attached to the record. (Copyright for Book of Mormon, 11 June 1829, clerk’s copy, New York North District, Copyright Book, vol. 116, p. 107, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC; Title Page of Book of Mormon, ca. Early June 1829.)  


which are a remnant of the House of Israel

Members of the church and the posterity of Jacob, or Israel, in the Old Testament. The people in the Book of Mormon were described in the text as a “remnant of the house of Israel,” descended from the Israelites of the Bible. JS revelations stated that the...

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; and also to Jew & Gentile

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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, written by way of commandment; and also by the spirit of prophesy & of revelation written & sealed & hid up unto the Lord that they might not be destroyed to come forth by the gift & power of God unto the interpretation thereof, sealed up by the hand of Moroni & hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by the way of Gentile, the interpretation thereof by the gift of God; an abridgement taken from the book of Ether. Also, which is a record of the people of Jared

A term used in the Book of Mormon to refer to descendants and followers of Jared who departed for a “land of promise” (which JS later identified as the Americas) at the time language was confounded at the Tower of Babel. The brother of Jared was the first...

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, which were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to Heaven; which is to shew unto the remnant3

Illegible text supplied from Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., title page.  


of the House of Israel how great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; & that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever; and also to the convincing of the Jew & Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations. And, now if there be fault, it be the mistake of men; wherefore condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgement seat of Christ. By Joseph Smith Junior author & Proprietor.
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States

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, entitled “An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned;” and also, to the act entitled “An act supplementary to an act entitled ‘An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,’ and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching historical and other prints.”
Richard R. Lansing

July 1789–29 Sept. 1855. U.S. district court clerk, attorney, merchant, business executive. Born in New York. Son of Gerrit G. Lansing and Maria Antill. Resided at Utica, Oneida Co., New York, by 1812. Served as U.S. district court clerk for Northern District...

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—Clerk of the United States

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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Dist. Court for the Northern Dist. of New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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Underlining with leading and trailing spaces indicates handwritten portions of this preprinted form. Handwriting probably that of Richard R. Lansing.  


Northern District of)
To wit:
New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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[embossed seal]
Be it remembered, That on the Eleventh  day of June in the fifty third year of  the Independence of the United States of America, A. D.  1829 Joseph Smith Junior  of the said District, hath deposited in this Office the  title of a book the right whereof he claims  as author in the words following, to wit:1

According to JS’s history, the title page of the Book of Mormon was “a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates.” (JS History, vol. A-1, 34; see also Title Page of Book of Mormon, ca. Early June 1829.)  


The Book of  Mormon; an account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates

A record engraved on gold plates, which JS translated and published as the Book of Mormon. The text explained that the plates were an abridgement of other ancient records and were written by an American prophet named Mormon and his son Moroni. The plates ...

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taken from  the plates of Nephi. Wherefore it is an ab[r]idgement of the record of the people of Nephi

A term used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants and followers of Nephi, as well as those who later identified themselves as Nephites for religious reasons. According to JS and the Book of Mormon, Lehi and Sariah, Nephi’s parents, and their family...

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and also of  the Lamanites

A term used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, as well as those who later identified themselves as Lamanites because they did not believe in the religious traditions of their ancestors. According to JS and the Book of...

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, written to the Lamanites,2

When Richard R. Lansing copied the title page in the retained copyright record, he left out the phrase “written to the Lamanites,” even though it was included in the printed version attached to the record. (Copyright for Book of Mormon, 11 June 1829, clerk’s copy, New York North District, Copyright Book, vol. 116, p. 107, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC; Title Page of Book of Mormon, ca. Early June 1829.)  


which are a remnant of the House of Israel

Members of the church and the posterity of Jacob, or Israel, in the Old Testament. The people in the Book of Mormon were described in the text as a “remnant of the house of Israel,” descended from the Israelites of the Bible. JS revelations stated that the...

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; and also to  Jew & Gentile

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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, written by way of commandment; and also by the spirit of prophesy & of revelation  written & sealed & hid up unto the Lord that they might not be destroyed to come forth by the  gift & power of God unto the interpretation thereof, sealed up by the hand of Moroni & hid up unto the  Lord, to come forth in due time by the way of Gentile, the interpretation thereof by the gift of God;  an abridgement taken from the book of Ether. Also, which is a record of the people of Jared

A term used in the Book of Mormon to refer to descendants and followers of Jared who departed for a “land of promise” (which JS later identified as the Americas) at the time language was confounded at the Tower of Babel. The brother of Jared was the first...

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, which  were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower  to get to Heaven; which is to shew unto the [illegible] [remnant]3

Illegible text supplied from Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., title page.  


of the House of Israel how great things the  Lord hath done for their fathers; & that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast  off forever; and also to the convincing of the Jew & Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting  himself unto all nations. And, now if there be fault, it be the mistake of men; wherefore con demn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgement seat of Christ. By  Joseph Smith Junior author & Proprietor.
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, entitled “An  act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps,  Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the  times therein mentioned;” and also, to the act entitled “An act supplement ary to an act entitled ‘An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing  the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such  copies during the times therein mentioned,’ and extending the benefits there of to the arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching historical and other  prints.”
R[ichard] R. Lansing

July 1789–29 Sept. 1855. U.S. district court clerk, attorney, merchant, business executive. Born in New York. Son of Gerrit G. Lansing and Maria Antill. Resided at Utica, Oneida Co., New York, by 1812. Served as U.S. district court clerk for Northern District...

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—Clerk of  the United States

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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Dist. Cou[r]t for the  No[r]thern Dist. of New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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Northern District of New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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, Copyright for Book of Mormon, likely Utica, NY, 11 June 1829; recipient’s copy; printed form with manuscript additions probably in the handwriting of Richard R. Lansing

July 1789–29 Sept. 1855. U.S. district court clerk, attorney, merchant, business executive. Born in New York. Son of Gerrit G. Lansing and Maria Antill. Resided at Utica, Oneida Co., New York, by 1812. Served as U.S. district court clerk for Northern District...

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; one page; CHL. Includes docket and embossed seal.
Single leaf measuring 12⅝ × 8⅛ inches (32 × 21 cm). On the verso, a docket in graphite in unidentified handwriting reads “Copyright of | the Book of Mormon”. The recto is missing the bottom left corner.
In addition to the copy featured here, another document is known to have been created as a result of JS’s efforts to secure a copyright for the Book of Mormon—a copy found in the Northern District of New York’s application book, now held at the Library of Congress.1

Copyright for Book of Mormon, 11 June 1829, clerk’s copy, New York North District, Copyright Book, vol. 116, p. 107, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC.  


Both versions are assumed to have been created the same day by Richard R. Lansing

July 1789–29 Sept. 1855. U.S. district court clerk, attorney, merchant, business executive. Born in New York. Son of Gerrit G. Lansing and Maria Antill. Resided at Utica, Oneida Co., New York, by 1812. Served as U.S. district court clerk for Northern District...

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. The recipient’s copy is featured here because it was owned by JS. An inventory for church property made in 1847 lists “Copy Rights for Book of Mormon,” perhaps indicating that this text has been in continuous church custody since its creation.2

“Inventory of Church Property,” 17 Mar. 1847, photocopy, Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU.  


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