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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]

& to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace; and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commndmets of God, I became a rightful heir, a high priest, holding the right blonging to the fathers, it was confered upon me from the fathers, it came down from the fathers, from the beginnig of Time, yea, even from the beginig, or before the foundations of the Earth, to the presnt time, even the right of the fistt born, on the the first man, who is Adam, or first father throgh the fathers unto me. P. 2 I sought for mine appointment unto the Presthood according to the appointment of God unto the fathers concerning the seed. My fathers having turnd from their Righteouness & from the Holy commndmnts which the Lord their God, had given unto them, unto the [p. [2]]
& to be a father of many nations,  a prince of peace; and desiring to  receive instructions, and to keep the  commndmets of God, I became a  rightful heir, a high priest, holding  the right blonging to the fathers, I it  was confered upon me from the  fathers, it came down from the  fathers, from the beginnig of Time,  yea, even from the beginig, or before  the foundations of the Earth, to the  presnt time, even the right of the  fistt born, on the the first man,  who is Adam, or first father throgh  the fathers unto me. <P. 2> I sought  for mine appointment <unto the Presthood> according to the  the appointment <unto the Priesthood, acording unto the> of God unto the  fathers concerning the seed. My fathers  having turnd from their Righteouness & from  the Holy commndmnts which the Lord  their God, had given unto them, unto the [p. [2]]
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Book of Abraham Manuscript, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, early 1842; handwriting of Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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; fifteen pages; Book of Abraham Manuscripts, ca. 1837–1841, CHL.
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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