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Willard Richards Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Early 1842–A [Abraham 1:1–2:18]

Willard Richards Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Early 1842–A [Abraham 1:1–2:18]

A. Translation of Some ancient Records that have fallen into our hands, from the Catacombs of Egypt, purporting to be the writings of abraham, while he was in Egypt, called the Book of Abraham, written by his own hand upon papyrus,
P. 1 THE. BOOK. of A,BR,A,HAM.
In the Land of the Chaldeans, at the Residence of my father, I, Abraham, saw that it was needful for me To obtain another place of Residence, and finding there was greater happiness and peace & Rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers & the Right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of Righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great Knowledge, and to be a greater follower of Righteousness and to possess a greater Knowlegde, [p. [1]]
A. Translation of Some  ancient Records that have fallen  into our hands, from the Catacombs of  Egypt, purporting to be the writings  of abraham, while he was in Egypt,  called the Book of Abraham, written  by his own hand upon papyrus,
<P. 1> THE. BOOK. of A,BR,A,HAM.
In the Land of the Chaldeans, at the  Residence of my father, I, Abraham,  saw that it was needful for me  To obtain another place of Residence,  and seeing <finding> there was greater happiness  and peace & Rest for me, I sought  for the blessings of the fathers & the  Right whereunto I should be ordained  to administer the same; having been  myself a follower of Righteousness, desiring  also to be one who possessed great  Knowledge, and to be a greater follower  of Righteousness and to possess a greater  Knowlegde, [p. [1]]
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Note: 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), 152–181.

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