Question: What was the thickness of the entire volume of gold plates?

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Question: What was the thickness of the entire volume of gold plates?

The entire volume was approximately six inches thick

  • "a pile about 6 inches deep." - Quoting Oliver Cowdery [1]
  • "[W]hen piled one above the other, they were altogether about four inches thick."[2] — Martin Harris
  • "six or eight inches thick" - Critical newspaper [3]
  • "The volume was something near six inches in thickness." - Parley P. Pratt[4]
  • "The volume was something near six inches in thickness" - Joseph Smith [5]
  • "the whole being about six inches in thickness"[6]

Notes

  1. A.S., “The Golden Bible, or, Campbellism Improved,” Observer and Telegraph. Religious, Political, and Literary, Hudson, Ohio (18 November 1830): 3, quoting Cowdery. off-site
  2. Martin Harris interview, Tiffany's Monthly, May 1859, 165.
  3. “Mormonism,” Fredonia Censor (New York) (7 March 1832). Reprinted from the Franklin Democrat (Pennsylvania) circa March 1832. off-site
  4. Parley P. Pratt, "Discovery of an Ancient Record in America," Millennial Star 1 no. 2 (June 1840), 30–37. off-site
  5. Joseph Smith, "Church History [Wentworth letter]," Times and Seasons 3 no. 9 (1 Mar 1842), 706–710. off-site GospeLink (requires subscrip.) off-site
  6. W. I. Appleby, A Dissertation of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream... (Philadelphia: Brown, Bicking & Guilbert, 1844), 1–24. Full title