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Curious connection on two undeciphered texts, one being the Mormon golden plates...



Item # 684997

May 03, 1823

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 3, 1823  An inside page has an interesting article with a small heading: "Curious Manuscript", which reports on: "...the discovery of a curious manuscript at Detroit...it was not Chinese, Arabic, Syric-French, Spanish or English, but what it was no one could tell..." with further detail.
This "curious manuscript" was reportedly discovered by the business partner of Joseph Smith's uncle and the same Samuel L. Mitchill who failed to certify the language of the 1823 Detroit text also failed to certify the language of the Mormon 1827 "golden plates" text. Excerpts from both had been sent to Mitchill to inspect and decipher.
Sixteen pages, 6 by 9 3/4 inches, an ink spot to an unrelated inside leaf, good condition.

Item from Catalog 343 (released for June, 2024)

Category: Pre-Civil War