The Anthon Transcript IV


The Anthon Transcript IV


Improvement Era

Publication Type

Magazine Article

Year of Publication




542–543, 576–583

Date Published

September 1944



Issue Number


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Bibliographic Citation

Crowley, Ariel L. "The Anthon Transcript IV", Improvement Era, Vol. 47. no. 9 1944:542–543, 576–583.


This series tells of Joseph Smith’s desire to have someone examine characters copied from the gold plates. It reprints a portion of Joseph Smith’s history dealing with the visit of Martin Harris to Charles Anthon, and also contains a letter sent to John A. Widtsoe by Frederick M. Smith of the Reorganized Church stating that the original copy of the Egyptian characters made by Joseph Smith is in the hands of the Reorganized Church. Furthermore, it tells of several different copies of the Egyptian characters in existence and gives examples of people verifying the genuineness of the characters as Egyptian. The fourth part presents a character-by-character analysis and interpretation of the Anthon transcript and concludes that a translation is still confronted with “formidable obstacles,” but that it is clearly Egyptian and “most closely akin to demotic.”

Anthon Transcript
Gold Plates
Language - Reformed Egyptian
Writing System
Language - Egyptian

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