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“More About the Mormon Bible.” Alton Telegraph (Alton, Illinois) 4, no. 23 (1 June 1839).
MORE ABOUT THE MORMON BIBLE.
We inserted in our last number a communication from Mrs. MATILDA DAVISON to the Editor of the Boston Recorder, the object of which was to show, by a statement of certain facts, attested by herself and a few other persons, that the principal part of the celebrated “Book of Mormon,” or “Golden Bible,” was originally written by her first husband, the late Rev. SOLOMON SPALDING, about twenty-six years ago, when compelled by indisposition to suspend his labors as a preacher of the gospel; and that, consequently, its claim to be a direct revelation from Heaven is a gross imposture. A subscriber has since put into our hands a copy of the New York Evangelist of February 16, containing an extract from a work entitled “Mormonism Unveiled,” recently published by G. D. HOWE, of Painesville, Ohio, which strongly corroborates Mrs. DAVISON’S statement.—JOHN SPALDING, the deceased Clergyman’s brother, and MARTHA his wife, of Crawford county, Pa.; JOHN N. MILLER, of Springfield, Pa.; HENRY LAKE, AARON WRIGHT, and OLIVER SMITH, of Conneaut, Ohio; severally declare that, having examined the “Book of Mormon,” they are persuaded that the historical parts of it are taken chiefly, if not wholly, from the “Manuscript Found,” of the late Rev. Mr. SPALDING, as read to them by the latter in his life-time; and that the names of the principal persons mentioned in the said work, as well as the most striking incidents recorded therein, have been brought fresh to their recollection by the perusal of the “Golden Bible.”—We should have copied the entire extract, had not the space allotted to such matters been otherwise appropriated before it was pointed out to us.
|Title||More about the Mormon Bible.|
|Abstract||Article supports the Spaulding theory of the origin of the Book of Mormon, referring to the statement of Matilda Davison and the assertions of E. D. Howe in Mormonism Unveiled.|
|Notes||See Encyclopedia of Mormonism, s.v. “Spaulding Manuscript,” http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/EoM,4231.|
|Digital Publisher||Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University|
|Owning Institution||Brigham Young University|
|Subject||Book of Mormon--History;|
|Geographic Place Name||Alton (Ill.);|
|Keywords||Matilda Davison; E. (G.) D. Howe, b. 1798; Book of Mormon; Golden Bible;|
|Source||Alton Telegraph (Alton, Illinois) 4, no. 23 (1 June 1839).|
|Related Works||Storrs, John. “Mormonism.” Boston Recorder 24 (19 April 1839). Badlam, Alexander. “A Cunning Device Detected.” Quincy Whig (Quincy, Illinois) 2, no. 29 (16 November 1839).|
|Language||English; eng; en;|
|Patron Usage Instructions||http://www.lib.byu.edu/genericnote_copyright.html|
|Copyright status/owner||Public Domain, Courtesy Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University|
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|Full text||Transcriptions provided by the Maxwell Institute|