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History, circa 1841, fair copy

And we declare with words of soberness that an angel of God came down from heaven and he brought and laid them before our eyes; that we beheld and saw the plates and the engravings thereon and we know that it is by the power of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ that we beheld and bear record that these things are true and it is marvellous in our eyes nevertheless the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear record of it wherefore to be obedient unto the commandments of God we bear testimony of these things
And we know that if we are faithful in Christ we shall rid our garments of the blood of all men and be found spotless before the judgement seat of Christ and shall dwell with him eternally in the heavens.
And the honor be be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost which is one God Amen
Oliver Cowdry

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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David Whitmer

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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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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Soon after these things had transpired the following additional testimony was obtained
Be it known unto unto all nations kindreds tongues and people unto whom this work shall come that Joseph Smith Jr the translator of this work has shewn us the plates of which hath been spoken which have the appearance of Gold and as many of the leaves as the said Smith has translated we did handle with our own hands and we also saw the engravings thereon all of which has the appearance of ancient work and of curious workmanship and this we bear record with words of soberness that the said Joseph Smith Jr. has shown unto us [p. 47]
And we declare with words of soberness that an ang el of God came down from heaven and he brought  and laid them before our eyes; that we beheld and  saw the plates and the engravings thereon and we know  that I it is by the power of God the Father and our  Lord Jesus Christ that we beheld and bear rec ord that these things are true and it is marvellous  in our eyes nevertheless the voice of the Lord com manded us that we should bear record of it wherefore to  be obedient unto the commandments of God we bear  testimony of these things
And we know <that> if we are faithful in Christ we shall  rid our garments of the blood of all men and be found  spotless before the judgement seat of Christ and shall  dwell with him eternally in the heavens.
And the honor be be to the Father and to the Son  and to the Holy Ghost which is one God Amen
Oliver Cowdry

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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David Whitmer

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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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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Soon after these things had transpired the following  additional testimony was obtained
Be it known <unto> to all kindred unto all nations  kindreds tongues and people unto whom this work shall  come that Joseph Smith Jr the translator of this  work has shewn us the plates of which hath been  spoken which have the appearance of of Gold and as many  of the leaves as the said Smith has translated we did handle  with our own hands and we also saw the engravings there on all of which has the appearance of ancient work and  of curious workmanship and this we bear record with words  of soberness that the said Joseph Smith Jr. has shown unto us [p. 47]
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JS, History, [ca. 1841], fair copy; handwriting of Howard Coray

6 May 1817–16 Jan. 1908. Bookkeeper, clerk, teacher, farmer. Born in Dansville, Steuben Co., New York. Son of Silas Coray and Mary Stephens. Moved to Providence, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, ca. 1827; to Williams, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830; and...

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; 100 pages; CHL.
See also source note for JS History, circa 1841, draft.

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