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Willard Richards Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Early 1842–B [Abraham 3:18–26]

Willard Richards Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Early 1842–B [Abraham 3:18–26]

they shall exist after, for they are Gnolaum, or Eternal. —P. 21. or Now the Lord said unto me, these 2 facts do exist, that there are 2 spirits one being more intelignt than the other, there shall be another more inteligent than they: I am the Lord thy God I am more intelegnt than they all. The Lord thy God sent his angel to deliver thee from the hands of the Priest of Elkenah. I dwell in the midst of them all; I, now, therefore, have come down unto thee, to declare unto thee the works, which my hands have made, wherein my wisdom excelleth them all, for I rule in the heavens above, & in the earth beneath, in all wisdom & prudence, over all th inteligences thine eyes have seen frm the beginnig; I came down in the beginning in the midst of all the intelejences thou hast seen. P. 22 Now the Lord had shewn unto me, [p. 7]
they shall exist after, for they are im  mortal Gnolaum, or Eternal. —<P. 21.> <or> Now  the Lord said unto me, these 2 facts <do exist, that there are 2 spirits> one  being more intelignt than th[e] other, do exist  there shall be another more inteligent than  they: I am the Lord thy God <I am more intelegnt than they all.> The Lord  thy God set sent his angel to deliver thee from  the hands of the Pri[e]st of Elkenah. he who  <I> dwelleth in the midst of them all; I, now,  therefore, have come down unto thee, to declare  unto thee the works, which my hands have made , wherein my wisdom excelleth them all, for  I ruleth in the heavens above, & in the earth  beneath, in <all> wisdom & prudence, over all th  inteligences thine eyes have seen frm the  beginnig; I came down in the beginning in  the midst of all the intelejences thou hast  seen. <P. 22> Now the Lord had shewn unto me, [p. 7]
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spent considerable time in 1835 engaged in two separate yet related endeavors: a language-study effort that produced a number of Egyptian alphabet and grammar manuscripts; and the translation of the Book of Abraham, which yielded several Abraham manuscripts. However, none of their work related to the Book of Abraham appeared in print until 1842. At that time a portion, if not all, of the Abraham material available was published at Nauvoo

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, Illinois, in three installments of the Times and Seasons, two in March and one in May of that year as the Book of Abraham.
The present 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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document, one of three Abraham texts in Richards’s handwriting, was likely produced sometime between late 1841 and early 1842, and consists of passages currently designated Abraham 3:18−26. It probably constituted the printer’s manuscript for the second installment of the Book of Abraham published under date of 15 March but actually printed on 19 March (Woodruff, Journal, 19 Mar. 1842), which included verses 14–32 (currently Abraham 2:19–5:21), plus facsimile 2.
This manuscript consists of a single sheet, utilizing the same paper as does one of 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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’s earlier manuscripts (Willard Richards Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Early 1842–A [Abraham 1:1−2:18]). The recto side is numbered as page seven and the verso is numbered as page eight. Inasmuch as both the numbering and text are outside the numbering and textual scheme of the former document that covered passages currently designated Abraham 1:1−2:18, this manuscript is regarded as a separate record. It includes no Egyptian characters and was not paragraphed. Though no earlier iteration has survived, several contemporaneous corrections made to the text suggest it may have been copied from a prior draft. (Hauglid, Textual History of the Book of Abraham, 5–6, 22, 150–151.)
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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’s transcript likely was included in the Egyptian papers that were listed on a manifest compiled by Richards and Thomas Bullock as they prepared to transport church documents westward in 1846 (“Schedule of Church Records. Nauvoo 1846,” [1]; “Historian’s Office Catalogue 1858,” 1, Historian’s Office, Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, 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), 196–199.

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