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Howe, E. D. Mormonism Unvailed: Or, A Faithful Account of That Singular Imposition and Delusion, From Its Rise to the Present Time. With Sketches of the Characters of Its Propagators, and a Full Detail of the Manner in which the Famous Golden Bible was Brought Before the World. To Which Are Added, Inquiries Into the Probability that the Historical Part of the Said Bible Was Written By One Solomon Spalding, More than Twenty Years Ago, and By Him Intended to Have Been Published As A Romance. Painesville, Ohio: E. D. Howe, 1834.
THE SAME SUBJECT CONTINUED.
“The Book of Mormon,” is divided into a number of books, each one purporting to have been written by different individuals upon plates of brass, so far as the history of Lehi, the founder of the vast settlements which were situated on the isthmus of the Darien, were concerned; and upon plates of gold, so far as it relates to one Jared and his posterity, who were not confounded at the destruction of Babel, but were miraculously navigated by the hand of the Lord across the ocean. The history of Lehi and his posterity, commences in the reign of Zedekiah, King of Judah, six hundred years before the Christian era, and ends about four hundred years afterwards, which concludes the history, or fiction. The whole work is written in a miserable attempt to imitate the style of king James the first, and the sameness is such, and the tautology of phrases from the beginning to the end of the work, that no one can be left in doubt in identifying the whole with one individual author. We are not aware that the style of king James is better calculated to reveal the will of Heaven, than is the  modern and more refined language ; but is a strong evidence against the work now under our consideration. If God chose to reveal himself, it would be reasonable to expect that it would be done definitely, and in such language as could be clearly understood by all ; and why this long circumlocution of history ? it has nothing to do with salvation. Christ, nor the inspired writers of the new testament, furnish no such example ; the bare facts of the plan of redemption is set before us, and a few self evident rules to govern our moral conduct. The first book is entitled “the book of Nephi,” and commences its narrative with the departure of Lehi from Jerusalem. He had four sons, Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi ; the last of whom is the principal hero in the present book, and the historian. He is a scholar, an engraver, and a worker of metals ; for he says : “Behold I make an abridgment of the record of my father, upon plates of brass, which I have made with mine own hands ; wherefore, after that I have abridged the record of my father, then will I make an account of mine own life.” Lehi dreams marvelous dreams previous to his departure from Jerusalem, and sees wonderful visions. He goes about prophecying of the great calamities that await the Jews, and warns them to flee from the wrath to come. The people become vindictive at his clamor, and threaten his destruction. To rescue Lehi, and to bring about wonderful events, God warns him to flee into the wilderness, and leave all his great possessions, his gold and his silver, and take nothing with him but his family, his tents, and provisions. A miserable condition for the wilderness indeed ; no clothing, no weapons, nor tools to make them with. The command is obeyed, and he travels until he arrives on the borders of the Red sea. The three el-  der brothers become disaffected, probably from their adversity and privations, and accuse the father with being visionary, &c.
|Author||Howe, E. D., b. 1798|
|Title||Mormonism Unvailed, chapter 3|
|Abstract||Chapter 3 (pages 23-36) of an anti-Mormon publication that attempts to discredit Joseph Smith and promote the Spaulding theory of the origin of the Book of Mormon.|
|Publisher Original||E. D. Howe|
|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||Painesville (Ohio)|
|Keywords||Howe, E. D., b. 1798; Hurlbut, Philastus, 1809-1883; Spaulding theory; Book of Mormon; Lehi; anachronisms;|
|Source||Mormonism Unvailed: Or, A Faithful Account of That Singular Imposition and Delusion, From Its Rise to the Present Time. With Sketches of the Characters of Its Propagators, and a Full Detail of the Manner in which the Famous Golden Bible was Brought Before the World. To Which Are Added, Inquiries Into the Probability that the Historical Part of the Said Bible Was Written By One Solomon Spalding, More than Twenty Years Ago, and By Him Intended to Have Been Published As A Romance. Painesville, Ohio: E. D. Howe, 1834.|
|Related Works||Chapters 1-9 and 17-19 of Howe’s book, Mormonism Unvailed, are included in this digital collection.|
|Language||English; eng; en;|
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|Copyright status/owner||Public Domain, Courtesy Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University|
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