185 years ago today - (Fri) Jul 3, 1835

Michael H. Chandler arrived in Kirtland and began exhibition of his four Egyptian mummies. Joseph Smith reportedly deciphered the Egyptian "hieroglyphic characters" found on scrolls acompanying the mummies, and on July 6th Chandler provided Smith with a signed statement verifying the proper translation. [He sells the mummies and papyrus scrolls to Joseph Smith for $2400 who begins to translate them using his white seer stone. His translation is later published as the Book of Abraham.]

[Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm]

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