Mormon History, Jul 3, 1835

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-- Jul 3, 1835
Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith viewed the Egyptian mummies and several papyri that he would later buy from Michael H. Chandler. (1)

Michael H. Chandler exhibits, then sells, Egyptian mummies and papyrus scrolls to Joseph Smith who begins to translate them using his white seer stone. His translation is later published as the Book of Abraham. (2)

-- Jul 5, 1835
Joseph Smith writes: "Soon after this, some of the Saints at Kirtland purchased the mummies and papyrus, . . . I commenced the translation of some of the characters or hieroglyphics, and much to our joy found that one of the rolls contained the writings of Abraham, another the writings of Joseph of Egypt, etc., a more full account of which will appear in its place, as I proceed to examine or unfold them." (3)

-- about Jul 5, 1835
Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith purchased some Egyptian mummies and some papyri from Michael H. Chandler, which contained the writings of Abraham and Joseph of Egypt. (1)

-- Jul 6, 1835
Mummies and papyrus purchased, and Joseph Smith commenced translation. [See [Level Bookshelf/Encyclopedia of Mormonism][Level Entry/tithing]Tithing received (D&C 119). (4)

Church members purchased Egyptian mummies and papyri from Michael Chandler. (5)

"Soon after this. some of the Saints at Kirtland, purchased the Mummies and Papyrus." With W. W. Phelps and Oliver Cowdery as scribes, Joseph begins "the translation of some of the characters or hieroglyphiccs, and much to our joy, found that one of the rolls contained the writings of Abraham; another the writings of Joseph, &c.".
Completion date is unknown, possibly by November 2, 1835, when Phinehas Richards and Reuben Hedlock are appointed to arrange for the printing of "the records taken from the Catacombs of Egypt, then in the Temple." (6)

Michael H. Chandler gives Joseph Smith the following certificate: "KIRTLAND, July 6, 1835. This is to make known to all who may be desirous, concerning the knowledge of Mr. Joseph Smith, Jun., in deciphering the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic characters in my possession, which I have, in many eminent cities, showed to the most learned; and, from the information that I could ever learn, or meet with, I find that of Mr. Joseph Smith, Jun., to correspond in the most minute matters. MICHAEL H. CHANDLER, Traveling with, and proprietor of, Egyptian mummies.' (3)

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received a certificate from Michael H. Chandler affirming that Josephs translation of the Egyptian hieroglyphics was correct. (1)

-- (Tue) Jul 7, 1835
On or shortly after this date, "some of the saints at Kirtland" purchased the mummies and scrolls for $2400. Joseph Smith then began a serious review of the scroll contents and reported that "the rolls contained the writings of Abraham..." etc.bought four Egyptian mummies and two or more papyrus rolls from Michael H. Chandler [LDS Church History Vol II]. (7)

-- Jul 9, 1835
[Joseph Smith] Mummies and papyrus are purchased from Michael Chandler. (8)

-- 14July35
[Joseph Smith] [Kirtland, Ohio High Council meeting to consider the case of Edmund Bosley who had made a covenant to help finance the printing of the revelations but reneged. KCMB]
President J. Smith Junr. addressed the council in points of duty such as observing covenants &c. (9)

-- Jul 14, 1835
Edmund Bosley excommunicated for failing to raise $2,000 as promised. (6)

1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
3 - On This Day in Mormon History,
4 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
5 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
6 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844,"
7 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology,
8 - More Good Foundation, Timeline,
9 - The Parallel Joseph,

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