195 years ago today - Circa 9-Jun 10, 1829

Joseph Jr., and possibly others, arrive in Manchester (NY) to negotiate and arrange for the printing of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith and Martin Harris visit Grandin's printing establishment. Grandin declines their first proposal. Smith then seeks a publisher in Rochester, visiting anti-Masonic editor Thurlow Weed who also declines the offer. According to Pomeroy Tucker, Smith's application to Weed occurred "immediately" after the visit to Grandin. A "few days" later, Smith again visits Weed, bringing Harris with him, but Weed again declines. Smith apparently also visited Quaker Elihu F. Marshall of Rochester, who may have given a positive response. Returning to Grandin's office, Harris tells Grandin that the book could be printed in Rochester should he refuse and then promises to mortgage his farm as collateral for the publication. Grandin agrees. Assisted by John H. Gilbert, Grandin estimates that the cost of printing 5,000 books will be about $3,000. Smith's 1839 history
places these events out of historical sequence after the testimonies of the three and eight witnesses, which occurred near the end of June 1829. Gilbert said the negotiations for printing occurred in the "forepart" of June 1829.

[Vogel, Dan, Early Mormon Documents, Appendix B: Chronology, 1771-1831, http://amzn.to/T5nY8w]

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