Wentworth learns about Cumorah in 1841

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Mr. Wentworth, the Chicago editor to whom Joseph wrote the Wentworth letter (published in the Times and Seasons on March 1, 1842), had an interview with a missionary in Chicago the year before. Wentworth’s summary circulated nationally; here’s a clipping from the Boston Post, 8 April 1841.

Notice what Wentworth said. “Elder Joseph Smith, in 1827, when seventeen years of age, was warned by an angel of the Lord to go to the town of Manchester, Ontario County, N.Y., and bring forth the record, which the prophet Moroni had sealed up and placed in Mount Cumon, 1400 years ago.”

The name Cumorah was obviously misspelled, but the missionary didn’t tell Mr. Wentworth that the record was placed in an unnamed hill.

Source: Letter VII

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