Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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There was one Esqr Cole who living in the village of  who about this time became destitute of Money property  and
One Su[n]day <afternoon>. became very uneasy he told  that his peculiar feellings led him to believe that somet hing <going> was wrong at the printing Office asked if he thought  there would be any harm in going to the office notwithstan ding it was sunday. They debated some time at last said I shall not stop to consider the matter any longer  for I am going you may suit yourself about the matter  but I will not suffer such uneasiness any longer with out knowing the cause <in a few minutes> They out were out on a few their  way to the printing established establishment when that they  arrived there they found an <man individual by the name of > very busy at work printing  a paper which seemed to be a <weekly> periodical of some desc ription <*> <* said How why you seem to be busy at  work how comes it that you work Sunday  . Bec I cannot have the press during the week and I am  obliged to print nights and sundays> took up one of them and discovered  that the man was printing the book of Mormon by  picemeal. in the prospectus he agreed to publish  one form of Joe smith’s Gold bible each week and thereby  furnish his subscribers with the whole bo principle portion  of the book for a very small <comparitively small> sum his Paper was entit led Dogberry paper Winter Hill and there <here> he had  thrown together the <most> disgusting and insignificant stuff that  could be conceived of jou in juxta position with ex  the form which of the Book of Mormon which he had pil fered— thus Classing the beautiful <unaffected> simplicity of this in spired writing with the lowest and most contem[p]tible  doggerel that ever were <was> imposed upon any community  whatever was indignant <shocked> at this perve[r]sion of  common sense and moral feeling as well as indignant at  the unfair and dishonest course he took to get possession  of the work
said he what right have <you> to print the book of  Mormon in this way, do you not know that we have re ceived a copy right— [p. [9], bk. 9]
One Sunday afternoon. became very uneasy he told that his peculiar feellings led him to believe that something going was wrong at the printing Office asked if he thought there would be any harm in going to the office notwithstanding it was sunday. They debated some time at last said I shall not stop to consider the matter any longer for I am going you may suit yourself about the matter but I will not suffer such uneasiness any longer without knowing the cause in a few minutes on their way to the printing establishment when they arrived there they found an individual by the name of very busy at work printing a paper which seemed to be a weekly periodical of some description * * said why you seem to be busy at work how comes it that you work Sunday . I cannot have the press during the week and I am obliged to print nights and sundays took up one of them and discovered that the man was printing the book of Mormon by picemeal. in the prospectus agreed to publish one form of Joe smith’s Gold bible each week and thereby furnish his subscribers with the principle portion of the book for a comparitively small sum his Paper was entitled Dogberry paper Winter Hill and here he had thrown together the most disgusting and insignificant stuff that could be conceived of in juxta position with the form of the Book of Mormon which he had pilfered— thus Classing the beautiful unaffected simplicity of this inspired writing with the lowest and most contemptible doggerel that ever was imposed upon any community — was shocked at this perversion of common sense and moral feeling as well as indignant at the unfair and dishonest course he took to get possession of the work
said he what right have you to print the book of Mormon in this way, do you not know that we have received a copy right— [p. [9], bk. 9]
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