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Frederick G. Williams Copy of Abraham Manuscript, circa October 1835 [Abraham 1:4–2:6]

Frederick G. Williams Copy of Abraham Manuscript, circa October 1835 [Abraham 1:4–2:6]

Therefore a knowledge of the begining of creation and also of the planets, and of the stars, as it was made known unto the fathers, have I kept even unto this day.
HAnd I shall endeaver to write some of these things, upon this reccord, for the benefit of my posterity, that shall come after me
HNow the Lord God caused the famine to wax soar in the land of Ur insomuch that Haran my brother died: but Terah my father yet lived in the land of Ur of the chaldees. And it came to pass; that I Abram took Sarai to wife, and Nahor my brother took Milcah to wife
HWho was the daughter of Haron
HNow the Lord had said unto me Abram get the out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy fathers house, unto a land that I will shew thee: Therefore I left the land of Ur of the chaldees to go into the land of canaan; and I took Lot my brothers son, and his wife, and Sarai my wife; and also my father followed after me unto the land which we denominated Haran. And the famine abated, and my father tarried in Haran and dwelt there, as there were many flocks in Haran; And my father turned again unto his idolitry: Therefore he continued in Haran
Now the Lord had said unto Abram me get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred and from thy fathers house unto a land that I will shew thee. Therefore I left the land of Ur of the chaldees to go into the land of canaan, and I took Lot my bro son and his wife and sarah my wife and also my father follod me unto the land which we denominated Haran and the famine abated, and my father tarried in Haran and dwelt there as there were many flock in Haran, and my father turned again unto his idolitry Therefore he continued in Haran but I Abram and and Lot my brothers son prayed unto the Lord, and the Lord appeared
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Therefore a knowledge of the begining of creation  and also of the planets, and of the stars, as it was  made known unto the fathers, have I kept even  unto this day.
HAnd I shall endeaver to write some of these things,  upon this reccord, for the benefit of my posterity,  that shall come after me
HNow the Lord God caused the famine to wax soar in the land  of Ur insomuch that Haran my brother died: but  Terah my father yet lived in the land of Ur of  the chaldees. And it came to pass; that I Abram  took Sarai to wife, and Nahor my brother took  Milcah to wife
HWho was the daughter of Haron
HNow the Lord had said unto me Abram get the out of  thy country, and from thy kindred and from  thy fathers house, unto a land that I will shew  thee: Therefore I left the land of Ur of the chaldees  to go into the land of canaan; and I took Lot  my brothers son, and his wife, and Sarai my  wife; and also my father followed after me unto  the land which we denominated Haran. And the  famine abated, and my father tarried in  Haran and dwelt there, as there were many  flocks in Haran; And my father turned again  unto his idolitry: Therefore he continued in  Haran
Now the Lord had said unto Abram <me> get thee  out of thy country and from thy kindred and from thy  fathers house unto a land that I will shew thee. Therefore I left  the land of Ur of the chaldees to go into the land of canaan, and I took Lot  my bro son and his wife and sarah my wife and also my father follod  me unto the land which we denominated Haran and the famine  abated, and my father tarried in Haran and dwelt there as thy there were  <many> flock in Haran, and my father turned again unto his idolitry  Therefore he continued in Haran but I Abram and  and Lot my brothers son prayed unto the Lord, and the Lord appeared
[p. 4]
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Book of Abraham Manuscript, Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, OH, ca. Oct. 1835; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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; four pages; Book of Abraham Manuscripts, ca. 1837–1841, CHL.
Note: When an Egyptian hieratic character appears on the manuscript, it is represented by a stylized “H” in the transcript. The transcript of the Book of Abraham manuscript presented here is used with permission of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. It was published earlier, with some differences in style, in Brian M. Hauglid, A Textual History of the Book of Abraham: Manuscripts and Editions (Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University, 2010), 66–81.

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