MM's journal entry about Z.

Jun 3, 1834
Personal Journal / Diary
Moses Martin
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Martin Moses, Journal entry, June 3, 1834, MS 1986, Church History Library

Moses Martin
Moses Martin, Joseph Smith, Jr., Zelph
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This being in the Co of Pike, here we discovered a large quantity of large mounds. Being filed with curiosity. we excavated the top of one so[m?]e 2 feete when we came to the bones of an extraordinary large person or human being, the thigh bones being 2 inches longer from one Socket to the other than of the Prophet who is upwards of 6 feete high which would have constuted some 8 or 9 feete high. In the trunk of this skeleton near the vitals we found a large stone arrow which I suppose brought him to his end. Soon after this Joseph had a vision and the Lord shewed him that this man was once a mighty Prophet and many other things concerning his people. Thus we found those mounds to have be deposits for the dead which had falen no doubt in some great Batles. In addition to this we found many large fortifications which als[o] denotes siviliseation and an innumerable population which has falen by wars and comotion and the Banks of this Beautiful River became the deposit of many hundred thousands whose graves and fortifications <have> are overgrown with the sturdy oak 4 feete in diameter.

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