Letter from David Orr, 14 June 1843

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Lawrence County State of Arkansas
June 14. 1843—
To Elder, Joseph Smith, Dear Sir——
Though personally to you a Stranger, yet not so, with relation to your sayings, and doings, as Man of God. I take the liberty of addressing you On a Subject of deep Intrest to myself, And others of my acquaintance.— The Information I desire, I presume, you can readily give, which doubtless will relieve the minds of many who are now in suspence.— In the “Arkansas Times and Advocate” of May 29. we have an Extract of a publication from the Quincy Whig of your , giving a Summary of an Extraordinary Circumstance which has latly occured near kinderhook in Pike County. It appears, that a Young man by the name of “Wiley” a resident of Kinderhook, being promped by the pressages of three Succeeding dreams, made the effort, and after penetrating the Mound to which his mind was directed, to some considerable depth “Six brass plateswas found, the Inscriptions, Or hieroglyphics on on which, Could not be deciphered by any one found in . Consequently they were Sent to— for your Inppection &c &c.— All of which Information, now in your possession, whether rivealed Or, otherwise, I ask at your hands. If published, please send such Papers as contain the Information desired, If not published send such Information as the Circumscribed limits of a Sheet will contain. Any Other Important Entelligence which you may see proper to give, will be Chearfully recd— Especially Your Mission to the ancient metropolis of the Jews: has anything been affected there? Or has those that were Sent returned? We have a few Mormons in this vicinity collected by Elder J. Stewhart some 2 years Since. They will participate [p. [1]]
Lawrence County State of Arkansas
June 14. 1843—
To Elder, Joseph Smith, Dear Sir——
Though personally to you a Stranger, yet not so, with relation to your sayings, and doings, as Man of God. I take the liberty of addressing you On a Subject of deep Intrest to myself, And others of my acquaintance.— The Information I desire, I presume, you can readily give, which doubtless will relieve the minds of many who are now in suspence.— In the “Arkansas Times and Advocate” of May 29. we have an Extract of a publication from the Quincy Whig of your , giving a Summary of an Extraordinary Circumstance which has latly occured near kinderhook in Pike County. It appears, that a Young man by the name of “Wiley” a resident of Kinderhook, being promped by the pressages of three Succeeding dreams, made the effort, and after penetrating the Mound to which his mind was directed, to some considerable depth “Six brass plates” was found, the Inscriptions, Or hieroglyphics on which, Could not be deciphered by any one found in . Consequently they were Sent to— for your Inppection &c &c.— All of which Information, now in your possession, whether rivealed Or, otherwise, I ask at your hands. If published, please send such Papers as contain the Information desired, If not published send such Information as the Circumscribed limits of a Sheet will contain. Any Other Important Entelligence which you may see proper to give, will be Chearfully recd— Especially Your Mission to the ancient metropolis of the Jews: has anything been affected there? Or has those that were Sent returned? We have a few Mormons in this vicinity collected by Elder J. Stewhart some 2 years Since. They will participate [p. [1]]
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