Letter from Glen Hardeman, 19 December 1843

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Dec 19th 1843.
Dear Sir,
The folowing is a copy of what I suppose to be a Egyptian hieroglyphics. The characters were found written on a piece of linen cloth and enclosed in a stone box and dug out of a well about three miles south east of this place by John Strangdon and John E Flays. The box and all are in my possession and to you I have applied as the only person who in my estimation can give a satisfactory translation. The men are extremely illiterate who found it and would not have given it to me had I not promised to keep the secret untill I could communicate with you
[three lines of characters]
If you can give me a translation of this I will believe in you & that is all I can do
I await your answer with extreme inimpatience
Yours with respect
Glen Hardeman
Jos Smith [p. [1]]
Dec 19th 1843.
Dear Sir,
The folowing is a copy of what I suppose to be Egyptian hieroglyphics. The characters were found written on a piece of linen cloth and enclosed in a stone box and dug out of a well about three miles south east of this place by John Strangdon and John E Flays. The box and all are in my possession and to you I have applied as the only person who in my estimation can give a satisfactory translation. The men are extremely illiterate who found it and would not have given it to me had I not promised to keep the secret untill I could communicate with you
[three lines of characters]
If you can give me a translation of this I will believe in you & that is all I can do
I await your answer with extreme impatience
Yours with respect
Glen Hardeman
Jos Smith [p. [1]]
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