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Copyright for Book of Mormon, 11 June 1829

<Northern> District of)To wit:
<New York>)
[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.  18<29> <Joseph Smith Junior>  of the said District, ha<th> deposited in this Office the  title of a <book> the right whereof <he> claim<s>  as <author> in the words following, to wit: <The Book of  Mormon; an account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates taken from  the plates of Nephi. Wherefore it is an ab[r]idgement of the record of the people of Nephi and also of  the Lamanites, written to the Lamanites, which are a remnant of the House of Israel; and also to  Jew & Gentile, 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, 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] 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, 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. R. Lansing—Clerk of  the United States Dist. Cou[r]t for the  No[r]thern Dist. of New York>
In June 1829, JS or someone on his behalf completed a copyright registration form for the Book of Mormon that was filed with the United States district court serving northern New York. A printed copy of the Book of Mormon title page was attached, as required by statute. Public notice of the intended publication was given 26 June 1829, when the title page was published in the Wayne Sentinel, Palmyra, New York. The title page was subsequently published on four occasions in 1830, again in the Wayne Sentinel, possibly to comply with copyright requirements.
JS retained at least one copy of the form, which serves as the text here. The district court’s copyright registration book was eventually transferred to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, where it is now housed.

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