Northern District of New York, to wit:
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the eleventh day of June, in the fifty-third year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1829, JOSEPH SMITH, JUN. of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as author in the words following, to wit: "The Book of Mormon: an account written by the hand of Mormon, upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi. Wherefore it is an abridgement of the Record of the People of Nephi; and also of the Lamanites; written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the House of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile; written by way of commandment, and also by the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation, written and sealed up and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed; to come forth by the gift and power of God, unto interpretation thereof; sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by the way of Gentile; the interpretation thereof by the gift of God; an abridgement taken from the Book of Ether. Also, which is a Record of the people of Jared, which were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people when they were building a to get to Heaven; which is to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel, how great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord,that they are not cast off forever: and also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile, that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting Himself unto all nations. And now if there be fault, it be the mistake of men; wherefore condemn not the things of God, that ye may he found spotless at the judgement seat of Christ.By Joseph Smith, Jun. Author and Proprietor.
In conformity to the act of Congress of the Untied States, entitled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned;" and also the act entitled, "An act supplementary to an act, entitled, 'An act for the encouragement of learning, by the securing copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned', and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving,, and etching historical and other prints."
R. R. Lansing
Clerk of the Northern District of New York.