Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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to persuade you out of your belief; therefore I deem it unnecessary to say anything more upon the subject
“No sir,” said I “it is not worth your while.”
He then bid me farewell, and went out to see ; when the following conversation took place between them.
Deacon Beckwith. do you not think that you may be deceived about that record your brother pretends to have.
. No, sir; I do not.
Dea. B. Well, now, , if you do find that you are deceived, and that he has not got the record will you confess the same fact to me
. Will you, Deacon Beckwith, take one of the books, when they are printed, and read it, asking God to give you an evidence that you may know whether it is true.
Dea. B. I think it beneath me to take so much trouble; however, if you will promise that you will confess to me, that Joseph never had the plates Iwill ask for a witness whether the book is true
I will tell you what I will do, Mr. Beckwith. If you do get a testimony from God, that the book is not true, I will confess to you that it is not true.
Upon this they parted; and the Deacon went next to , who quoted to him, Isaiah 56 chapter 9. 10: & 11 verses: “All ye beasts of the field come devour; yea all ye beasts of <​in​> the forest. His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs they cannot bark sleeping lying down, [p. 164]
to persuade you out of your belief; therefore I deem it unnecessary to say anything more upon the subject
“No sir,” said I “it is not worth your while.”
He then bid me farewell, and went out to see ; when the following conversation took place between them.
Deacon Beckwith. do you not think that you may be deceived about that record your brother pretends to have.
. No, sir; I do not.
Dea. B. Well, now, , if you do find that you are deceived, and that he has not got the record will you confess the fact to me
. Will you, Deacon Beckwith, take one of the books, when they are printed, and read it, asking God to give you an evidence that you may know whether it is true.
Dea. B. I think it beneath me to take so much trouble; however, if you will promise that you will confess to me, that Joseph never had the plates Iwill ask for a witness whether the book is true
I will tell you what I will do, Mr. Beckwith. If you do get a testimony from God, that the book is not true, I will confess to you that it is not true.
Upon this they parted; and the Deacon went next to , who quoted to him, Isaiah 56 chapter 9. 10: & 11 verses: “All ye beasts of the field come devour; yea all ye beasts in the forest. His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs they cannot bark sleeping lying down, [p. 164]
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