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 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> 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 description <*> <* 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 entitled 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 pilfered— thus Classing the beautiful <unaffected> simplicity of this inspired 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 received 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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