On the right sidebar is this week's image, a photo of a publication notice (apparently dating to 1844) giving information on the Book of Mormon (click here for a larger image). The text reads: "Stick of Joseph, taken from the Hand of Ephraim. A correct copy of characters taken from the plates the Book of Mormon!!" Reference is made to Professor Anthon and Martin Harris, and three lines of interesting characters are shown. Then the following quotations are given:
Isaiah 29:11-12: "The vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed . . . ."
Psalms 85:11: "Truth shall spring out of the earth."
Hosea 8:12: "I have written to Ephraim the great things of my law."
Ezekiel 37:19: The stick of Joseph and the stick of Judah shall be one stick.
An aged Indian of the Stockbridge Tribe: "Our fathers once had 'Sacred Book' like the white man have, but it was hid in the ground, since then Indian no more prevail against his enemies."
For more information on this document and especially the Indian quote, see this very enlightening article at Dale Broadhurt's site solomonspaulding.com. According to the article, the material from which the "quote" from the aged Indian derives appeared originally in Elias Boudinot's A Star in the West (1816), from which it was quoted by Ethan Smith in his A View of the Hebrews (1825), who was quoted word for word by Josiah Priestly in his The Wonders of Nature and Providence Displayed (1826). It later found its way into Mormon pamphlets by Parley P. Pratt written in the 1830s and 1840s, into the plate shown in the image here, and in later years into a variety of Mormon books. In the original sources, the quote seems to suggest Indian familiarity with the Bible; in the Mormon sources, it was held out as referring to a separate native Indian book.