Preston, Lancs., Saturday, April 24, 1841.
THE GROSS ABSURDITY
Within the last few weeks, we have been frequently desired, by some or our most esteemed correspondents, to lend a portion of our columns to the
exposure of the revolting, shibboleth, and wicked delusions of "Mormonism." Last week, we extracted some information on the subject, which could
not fail to produce conviction in every intelligent and unprejudiced mind; and in our present number, with a view fully and glaringly to uncloak the
wicked imposture, we insert further evidences alike of its folly and its falsehood. Having done this, we must be excused from any further reference
to the subject; and we beg it to be expressly understood, that in complying with the solicitations of our friends, we do not conceive ourselves chargeable
with a departure from our prescribed practice of not throwing our columns open to religious controversy; for in our humble judgment there is in Mormonism
no religion at all; and it is on the ground therefore of its being one of those dishonest and deep laid contrivances for plundering the ignorant and unwary,
that we are led to hold it up to public view, in the same way as we should expose any other system of obtaining money under false pretences.
We are almost overwhelmed with confusion when we survey the conduct of the votaries of this strange delusion; we are amazed at the credulity of the
people who should allow themselves to be so easily gulled by such audacious nonsense, and we are amazed at this proof of the extreme ignorance of the
people, notwithstanding the opportunities enjoyed of being better informed. Mormonism is a device of the evil one himself to discredit true religion, to
undermine the sacred volume, the foundation of all our hopes, and to palm on the world a fiction which is not supported by a shade of rational evidence,
and which is an outrage on the common sense of mankind.
The accounts received from America of this rascally confederation are still more awful than anything which has been witnessed in this country, however
absurd and disgraceful; and ought to constrain those who have been duped by the cunning and the false pretensions of these American impostors to pause,
to consider their position, and to retrace their steps. We subjoin an abridgment of certain letters published in the Baptist Register (printed at Utica, in the
State of New York,) which we recommend to the serious consideration of our readers.
The origin of the imposture, as described by the writer is a confirmation of what has been already published. Joseph Smith is represented as a vain ignorant young
man, guilty of lying, swearing, and drunkenness. He presumptuously claimed to be as holy as the Lord Jesus Christ, and to have such influence with the Supreme
Being that he had only to ask him to destroy an enemy, and he would instantly send him to hell. The following declaration is sufficient to fill the mind with horror at
Addressing the Rev. N. Bentley, who had exposed his villainy, he said, "I feel constrained to ask God not to permit me to ask him to damn you. If I should ask him,
he would send you to hell in the twinkling of an eye." We quote the following passages from Mr. Bentley's letter, which throw additional light on this imposture:
Smith pretends that he could not write. But in the deposition of Mr. Hale, on one occasion, Smith and Harris each had a written piece of paper which
they were comparing.
Although it may not be possible to prove that any one acted in concert with Smith, in getting up the Book of Mormon, yet there is positive proof that he is assisted
in the production of other books of a similar character. His assistant is Sidney Rigdon.
It is publicly known that Rigdon embraced Mormonism soon after the Book of Mormon was published. And for months before the public had the least
intimation of the kind, Rigdon, then living in Ohio, was giving hints of something -- a man in New York was going to do some great thing -- and some
great event would soon come to pass. Rigdon at this time was a Campbellite preacher. Now, how did he know this? Why those half-expressed
insinuations? Did he have the same revelation at the same time with Smith?
If so, then the angel deceived Smith, for he told him, that he alone had
been chosen in the councils of eternity to bring the hidden book to light. So Smith told the writer, and any one who is acquainted with the sentiments
of A. Campbell, will discover his peculiarity on the subject of baptism, on reading the Book of Mormon. In view of the similarity between Campbellism and
Mormonism, Smith said to Rigdon, in the presence of the writer, with a half-expressed smile, "Thou art to me what John was to Christ."
The writer was never a Mormon; he could not be one, even if he desired it. To risk his eternal all, even the salvation of his soul, on the word of one man,
and that fraught with suspicion, is more than he is prepared to do. The revelations brought to light, since the publication of the Book of Mormon, are
equally valid. In regard to them, some are self-contradictory, and some contradict each other. Smith had a revelation at one time, that the city
New Jerusalem should be located in Kirkland, Ohio, the residence of Rigdon. On the strength of which, the temple was there built. The writer heard
this revelation read. But a second revelation informed the Mormons that the location should be in the town of Independence, county of Jackson, and State
of Missouri. They did not succeed in their location in that State. And a kind revelation has now congregated them at [Nauvoo] in the State of Illinois.
Smith, by revelation, ascertained that the ten lost tribes lived at the North Pole, or between the Pole and the mountains of ice on this side, which
mountains were soon to melt away, and the tribes return to Jerusalem. But a second revelation places them much farther from us than the North Pole.
He says that after the dispersion of the ten tribes, this planet earth, broke in twain, and while one part remained as it was before the separation, the
other part with the ten tribes on it, sailed off into space. And in order to restore them to Jerusalem, the half planet will come in contact with its other half,
the earth, and set both on fire.
It is not my design to animadvert this system in this number, but only to state such facts as the reader ought to know. In reading the book of Mormon,
it is perceptible that the writer placed himself, in his imagination, far back into antiquity, and wrote as though he was actually there. But with all his
care, sometimes he forgot himself, and wrote it modern diction. To name one instance is sufficient for our present purpose. It is said in the Book of
Mormon, that after Christ ascended to heaven from Jerusalem, he again descended on to this continent, and showed himself to his people, the Nephites.
That he chose twelve apostles here and instituted baptism among them. The second or third day, after which, he gives the Nephites his charge, tells
them how to immerse, and that there shall be no more disputations among them, as there has hitherto been. The writer here forgot himself; his eye
must have passed over the baptismal controversy, from the third to the nineteenth century. It appears to the writer, that all which is necessary to keep
any man of common sense, from such delusion and fanaticism, is simple investigation.
The writer hopes that men will regard the apostolic admonition, "Prove all things." Believe nothing without evidence. How important! To be deceived,
believe in deception, and all the while suppose it to be divine revelation -- this, all this can be avoided by taking nothing on trust. I entreat you never,
no never, take anything on trust,
ITS REVELATIONS, DOCTRINES, & PRACTICES.
There are three most essential parts which compose the Mormon system; which are its revelations, doctrines, and practices. An exhibition of these
will show its systematic formation. The Book of Mormon professes to be a record of the Nephites and Lamanites, the literal descendants of Joseph,
the son of Jacob, who emigrated to this continent six hundred years before Christ; and also of the Jeredites, who found America, previous to the
building of Babel, but were destroyed before the migration of the Nephites. The latter direct from Jerusalem, and the former from the land of Shinar.
Thus we have a history of this continent for about three thousand years. Who can prove this revealed history; or rather, who call deny it?
The position is like this, I say to my neighbour, Sir, the moon is inhabited, now prove it is not, if you can. And this position is a fair sample of
the revelations in the Book of Mormon. Smith and Rigdon have re-modeled the whole Bible, in order to conform it to the Book of Mormon. They
have left out that which they supposed was added, ad added that which they supposed was left out. This work is not, or was not to be, seen by
the profane; therefore, it has not been submitted to the pen of the critic, nor the pen of the historian.
In the formation of the system, the Book of Mormon is put forth as a feeler; and in connection with this, both the Old and New Testament must be
transformed for the purpose of accomplishing another object -- the overthrow of Christianity in its present form. The argument is this, the Bible is not
sufficient to accomplish the purposes of God. Smith told the writer that he knew all things from eternity to eternity, and that he should live to reveal
it to all mankind. Or else, said he, the knowledge of the Lord can never cover the earth as the waters do the great deep, Hence, also, seventy Mormon
books are in a state of progress, and forthcoming. Smith is called greater than Moses, or like unto him, an apostle, next to Jesus Christ, and chosen
in the council of eternity. This infinite knowledge of Smith, is constantly forming the confidence of his followers, and feeds the flame of this dark
fanaticism. There is a similarity between those revelations and the Book of Mormon. It is difficult to refute them, because they refute themselves,
many of them at least. It is difficult to prove to a man a self-evident truth, or disprove a self-evident contradiction. One or two specimens will answer
my present purpose:
I, Jesus Christ, to the church. Verily, verily I say unto you, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the Almighty. Verily I say unto you, my
purposes are not frustrated, and my course is one eternal round. Verily, verity I say unto you, there is no beginning nor end to my works."
It is revealed, that the earth was never created, nor man who inhabits it, both are self-existent. Gen. iv. 17: "'And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived
and bare Enoch: and he (Cain) builded a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch."
Smith gave a revelation, and not distinguishing between Enoch, the son of Cain, and Enoch who walked with God, said that both Enoch and his city
were translated, which city was now the New Jerusalem, which would soon come down from God out of heaven. But a subsequent revelation authorizes
the Mormons themselves to build the city, New Jerusalem, on this continent. Then, what has become of the city of Enoch?
Many more samples might be given, but will not the above be sufficient to satisfy any man who possesses a healthy state of mind, and conforms his
moral feelings to the perfections of God? The doctrines of which this system is composed, might be termed, gleanings of insanity. A change of heart,
and consequently of moral character, are not recognized in it, any further than this; both are identified in the act of baptism. Baptism is a saving
ordinance. All will be lost, who do not receive it from those whom the system has authorized to give it, The system combines a Priesthood, compared
with which, that of Rome, with all its Jesuitism, is but a shadow. A triune Priesthood, embracing that of Melchisedec, Aaronical, and the Apostolical.
This is a different priesthood from any that ever existed before on the earth. This is not understood by many except the Mormons, and it has filled them
with an ardour that glows with uncontrollable fanaticism. Christ was made Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. What was that order? Melchisedec
was both king and priest. So is Christ the one Mediator. The Mormons have received this order; they have united the sceptre with the altar, and Smith,
or some one else, is elevated to kingly power, which power, however, is not hereditary, but kings are to be elected by the people. No baptism is valid
but by this priesthood. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, though a man has been baptised ninety and nine times, it shall avail him nothing," -- of course,
those who unite with them, renounce their former baptism. By this doctrine, the Mormon priesthood, like that of Rome, divides the mediatorial office of
the Son of God. And also, like that church, has fixed three states for mankind. One, a state of happiness, celestial -- one, a state of misery, terrestrial --
and one, a state of neither happiness nor misery, terrestrial. And yet, in the end, all men are to be restored to happiness, with a single exception -- that
is, the apostate Mormons -- for them there is no chance -- their hell will be endless.
The information of the writer was obtained from the Mormon apostles themselves. Here are seen the different motives, which are designed to allure to
their system. Falling from grace, for the Methodist; immersion, for the Baptist; a priesthood, for the Episcopalians and Catholics and final restoration
for the Universalists! and these motives are handled with a skill which would baffle the cunning of a Jesuit. They say that the kingdom of God became
extinct in the fourth century, and for fourteen hundred years Christianity has been swept from the earth, and just now restored to them by the revelation
of the Book of Mormon.
They profess to have all the gifts, both ordinary and extraordinary, as did the church in the days of the apostles. But their miraculous power is to be witnessed
only by the believers, consequently those who embrace the system must take it on trust. Said an apostle to the writer, "I know that you do not believe as we
do, but I have authority to say to you, sir, if you will unite with us, we will perfectly satisfy you that we are right." I answered him thus, sir, if I was going to sell
you a farm, I would trust you, but in things wherein my soul is concerned, I can take nothing on trust. No evidence of a moral character is presented to prove
the validity of the system, nothing more than the word of a Mormon; you must take it on trust, believe the word of Joseph Smith, or be damned.
The priesthood profess to do miracles, to heal the sick with chrism, to remit or retain sin, to adjudge or doom to heaven or hell, to prophesy, to foretell deaths,
judgments, and calamities which will happen to those whom they denounce, and to consign men over to perdition. The writer came very near this once, from
the hands of Smith himself. "I feel constrained, sir," said he, ' to ask God not to permit me to ask him to damn you. If I should ask him, he would send you to
hell in the twinkling of an eye!"
They say the church was not built on Christ, nor Peter, but on revelation. At a certain time, a revelation came to the writer, from the mouth of a Mormon,
in the name of the Lord, and declared in the most solemn manner to be a revelation, that if he left his residence, he would be brought back a dead man.
He went and came, free from danger. Now if the church be built on revelation, and such revelation, one would think that a very limited power would prevail
against it. With a mind unbiased the writer is disposed to receive any revelation from heaven. But with regard to Mormon revelation, after the most impartial
investigation, the conviction fully rests on his mind, that the whole system is imposture. As a moral being, responsible to God, man is under no obligation to
believe without evidence, and that evidence must be without suspicion, and of a moral character. Faith rests on evidence, "the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen." If it be anything short of this, it is presumption, and men are guilty for being presumptuous. The simple and credulous may
come in contact with this system, and being ignorant of its devices, be swallowed up in its vortex.
The Mormon effort may succeed, to some extent. Many are embracing the system in the United States and Canada. And even on the Islands of Great Britain,
and Ireland, thousands have received it. Already the Mormon priesthood has its eye on the continent of Europe; France and Germany are to be the field of
its operation. These associates of Gog and Magog, may be congregated at the holy city, New Jerusalem, not to destroy it, but to inhabit it. And in my next
number, the reader will accompany me there, in order to examine the spirit by which they are actuated. To those who wish to understand the whole minutia
of the Mormon revelations, doctrines and practices, Are recommended to their notice Mr. Haining's lectures on this subject, recently published in a cheap
THE SPIRIT OF THE SYSTEM.
The writer on one occasion, queried with Smith about the ministry of the angel; and said to him, how do you know that you have not been imposed upon by
the Devil -- he can himself into an angel of light? "Why!" said he, "you ask more of me than God does -- I can see your heart, you are in the gall of bitterness
and bonds of iniquity -- you will go to hell." The manner of this denunciation was the most vindictive and unlovely.
At the same interview, Smith said to Rigdon, "There is no other way then to break men down at once." I ask every man, who is inclined to believe Mormonism,
is this the temper of the heavenly dove, who kindly reproves our wrongs, and witnesses to us, "son or daughter, thy sins are forgiven thee!" who can mistake
his influence, or resist his love?
This unlovely spirit of Mormonism, is diffused by its priesthood to every Mormon. It is the same by which Mahommed actuated his primitive followers --
the spirit of Mohmamedanism. It is not the design of the writer to censure, nor retaliate, But it is his design to try this spirit of the Mormon system, and
know it, by its manner. It is the spirit of strife and malevolence. It calls for fire from heaven against its opponents, and those who possess it, suppose that
it is divine influence.
A brother, whom the writer trusts he was instrumental in saving from the delusion, in his exposition of it, said, "It is an invisible spirit -- a spirit, which is not
confined to the Mormon systems exclusively. The Perfectionists of the Antinomian school, and the Non-resistants of New England States have the same
spirit, The devil knows that his time is short; he is exasperated at the success of the gospel in heathen lands, and therefore has put forth his mightiest efforts,
to corrupt it at home, by new forms and by a new spirit, or an old spirit revived." When Mohammed persuaded the Arabs to his religion, their imaginations and
passions were alternately excited by promises and threats: to the believer, paradise; to the unbeliever, collars, chains, and torments, unutterable. "Who," said
Mohammed, "will be my vizier, and become my brother, my vicar, and ambassador?" "I," said Ali, "O prophet, will obey your commands. Whosoever dares
oppose you, I will tear out his eyes, dash out his teeth, and rip open his body." The same spirit is seen in the Mormon priesthood.
Conversing, recently with a Mormon family, the writer in the most kind spirit, told them it was his conviction that it was all imposture. Said a priest, who was
present, "You will go to hell." Mohammed enforced his religion by the sword. And the writer knows the responsibility, both to the public and [to] Mormons,
which he incurs, when he states that the system of Smith and Rigdon, is a bloody fanaticism. The writer, when he first read the Book of Mormon, ten years
ago, supposed that any man would infer the same. -- Nephi, if the book be true, was constrained by the Holy Spirit, to cut off the head of Laban, with his sword,
while Laban was drunk, in the streets of Jerusalem. The whole community ought to be informed of the designs of the moving power of this fatal delusion.
Smith states, that he found the sword with which Nephi struck off the head of old Laban, with the box of gold plates, and that sword should be exhibited to
the world. How? And when?
The argument is this: The Indians are the Lamanites, and this is the land of their inheritance, as Palestine is that of the Jews. This good land, more precious
than all others, was given to the Nephites, in an everlasting covenant. And in the Book of Mormon, all their sufferings, all the abuse heaped upon them by the
Gentiles on the continent, and their dwindling in unbelief, are all the subjects of prophecy. The reader would obtain a very correct history of the present state
of the Indians by reading that book. But the tables are to be turned, and the Gentiles are to be cut off, all of them, every man, woman, and child, who do not
embrace their system. Yes, Mormonism is to triumph, and possess this goodly land.
There is one prediction to this amount, coming from Christ himself: "O ye Gentiles, on this continent, repent and come unto me, that ye may be numbered
with my people, O house of Israel, else my people, O house of Israel, shall go through and tread you down, as the lion doth his prey." This is the constant
theme of the Mormon priesthood. It is declared in the Book of Mormon, that the Indians are the descendants of Joseph, in the tribe of Manesseh. And they are
to be converted by the Book of Mormon, and congregated with the Mormons in the holy city, New Jerusalem. After which, we Gentiles, are to be destroyed.
The sword may be unsheathed by an infuriated fanaticism and be to this continent what Mohammedism was to the continent of Asia. Smith and his priesthood
dwell on this theme. We by analogy are Canaanites -- intruders; Smith is another Moses, and some one another Joshua and all who do not act the part of
Rahab, are to be served as was Jericho. This description is no fiction. These fulminations have struck terror into the hearts of the timid, and terrified them into
submission to the Mormon yoke. Popery with its triple crown, never made greater pretensions than Mormonism does, with its Triune Priesthood.
Smith drew the sword to take the possession of the lands in Missouri, and was defeated. When the citizens sent a deputation to the Mormon army for the
accommodation of their differences, said Smith, in answer to their proposition, -- "Thus saith the Lord, [never]!!" Said Mohammed to those with whom he
contended, there is no other alternative, "Pay tribute -- have the sword, or the Koran -- the shadow of swords is paradise."
Mohammed received the Koran by piecemeals, and Smith and Rigdon have been writing revelations these ten years. The similarity must be seen by every
one who gives those symptoms impartial investigation. The works of this spirit of Mormonism, are chequered by a strangely inconsistent mixture of virtue
and vice. It is the "mystery of iniquity" -- like the beast John saw rise up out of the earth, having the appearance of a lamb, but spake as a dragon.
The wife of one of the apostles of Smith, asked his advice, about her duty in going to Ohio; she at the time was not a Mormon. Said he, "What does your
husband say about it?" He wants me to go. "Well," said Smith, "any woman who will not obey her husband, ought to be damned."
Each Mormon priest, under the influence of the triune priesthood, imagines himself allied to Christ, in that manner, that the word he speaks is the word of
Christ. Hence, when they denounce a man, he is looked upon as an object of divine vengeance. This arises, in part, from their incorrect doctrine of the
character of Christ. Although the Book of Mormon declares that Jesus Christ was the eternal God, yet many of its priesthood are Unitarians. Smith and
Rigdon both say that Christ was never the Son of God till his baptism. And that his baptism made him the Son of God. And that God has no other way in
which to make children. Can the reader harmonize these two revelations?
Another consideration worthy of our notice, is, the Mormon spirit of censoriousness against all others who profess the religion of Christ. All denominations of
Christians, who do not renounce their religion, and join them, will be damned. These anathemas, damned, and damnation, are constantly rolling from the lips
of a Mormon priest. "Your church is of the devil -- you are liars" -- and "you will all go to hell" -- are common phrases with this people. To me, this spirit appears
more like the accuser of our brethren than the spirit of God. If Mormonism succeeds, (the supposition seems ridiculous; and yet what gross absurdities have
not had a measure of success?) Christianity will receive a mortifying blow. The question is, what ought to be done? The answer is, "inform the people."
We have looked upon it as a mere delusion, containing the seeds of its own dissolution. But there is order in this fanaticism, there is system in this imposture
and it carries with it an invisible spirit, by which the learned and the unlearned are strangely overcome. All classes of the community are interested. The politician
as well as the Christian. The triune priesthood, constituting in itself a kingly power, will as soon draw the sword against our government as against our religion.
The Mormon priests, with the Book of Mormon, are traversing England and the continent of Europe and being unknown comparatively have greater success there
than at home. It would have less effect among the people of Europe, were the thing met there by some one from America, who is acquainted with it, and capable
of refuting the story of its divine origin. The object of the writer, in these communications, is not to convert the Mormons, for their delusion is strong; but to inform
the unwary on the subject, and if possible keep them from the fatal snare. If through the blessing of Providence on anything here written, the reader should be
disposed to investigate, and take nothing on trust, and thus be saved from a delusion which drinks the life's blood of the moral feelings, and forces its victim to
guilt and misery, his object will be obtained.
THE CHARACTER OF SMITH AND THE MORMON LEADERS.
The Baptist Register, speaking of the imposture, and from personal knowledge of the individuals says, "Smith himself has little to engage attention except daring
presumption, but Sidney Rigdon, and some others of his preachers have a great deal of eloquence and subtlety." And regarding the Evening and Morning Star,
their leading organ, the Register makes the following remarks:
"We have given a sufficient glance at this journal to see that it is of the same character with all those things which are thrown out to beguile the hearts of the simple
and the ignorant. It is jumbled up with the scriptures to obtain attention, and the misapplication of them, though glaring to the eve of most readers, may not at all times
be discovered by those but partially acquainted with their bibles. Here is the danger.
The Mormons lived at a place called Harmony, in Ohio [sic], and a full statement of their history and character was published by Mr. Hale, the father-in-law of Smith,
an abstract of which we subjoin.
MR. ISAAC HALE'S DECLARATION.
Mr. Hale, in his statement, declares that he became acquainted with Smith in 1825, when he was in the employment of a set of men called "money diggers," but the sect
soon after became dispersed. Smith asked Mr. Hale's permission to marry his daughter, but this was peremptorily refused; he soon after eloped with her into the state of
New York, where they were married. Smith afterwards was permitted to live with his father-in-law, and about this time the first intimation about the plates became known, --
respecting which, and Smith's manner of translating, Mr. Hale declares, -- Soon after this, (Smith's return from Palmyra,) I was informed they had brought a wonderful
book of plates down with them. I was shown a box in which it was said they were contained, which had, to all appearances been used as a glass-box of the common
sized window-glass. I was allowed to feel the weight of the box, and they gave me to understand that the book of plates was then in the box, into which, however, I
was not allowed to look. I inquired of Smith who was to be the first who would be allowed to see the book of plates? He said it was a young child. After this I became
dissatisfied, and informed him that if there was anything in the house of that description, which I could not be allowed to see, he must take it away; if he did not, I
was determined to see it. After that the plates were said to be in the woods.
About this time, Martin Harris made his appearance upon the stage; and Smith began to interpret the characters or hieroglyphics, which he said were engraven
upon the plates, while Harris wrote down the interpretation. It was said that Harris wrote down one hundred and sixteen pages, and lost them. Soon after this
happened, Martin Harris informed me that he must have a greater witness, and said that he had talked with Joseph about it; Joseph informed him that he
could not or durst not show him the plates, but that he (Joseph) would go into the woods where the book of plates was, and that after he came back, Harris
should follow his track in the snow, and find the book, and examine it for himself. Harris informed me afterwards, that he followed Smith's directions, and could
not find the plates, and was still dissatisfied.
The next day after this happened, I went to the house where Joseph Smith, jun. lived, and where he and Harris were engaged in their translation of the book.
Each of them had a written piece of paper which they were comparing, and some of the words were -- "My servant seeketh a greater witness, but no greater
witness can be given to him." There was also something said about "three that were to see the thing," (meaning, I supposed, the book of plates;) and that,
"if the three did not go exactly according to orders, the thing would be taken from them." I inquired whose words they were, and was informed by Joseph or
Emma, (I rather think it was the former,) that they were the words of Jesus Christ . I told them then, that I considered the whole of it a delusion, and advised
them to abandon it. The manner in which he pretended to read and interpret, was the same as when he looked for the money diggers, with the stone in his hat,
and his hat over his face, while the book of plates was at the same time hid in the woods!
After this, Martin Harris went away, and Oliver Cowdery came and wrote for Smith, while he interpreted, as above described. This is the same Oliver Cowdery
whose name may be found in the book of Mormon. Cowdery continued a scribe for Smith, until the book of Mormon was completed, as I supposed, and understood.
Smith resided near me for some time after this, and I had a good opportunity of becoming acquainted with him, and somewhat acquainted with his associates,
and I conscientiously believe from the facts I have detailed, and from many other circumstances, which I do not deem it necessary to relate, that the whole
book of Mormon, (so called,) is a silly fabrication of falsehood and wickedness, got up for speculation, and with a design to dupe the credulous and. unwary, and
in order that its fabricators might live upon the spoils of those who swallowed the deception. --- Isaac Hale.
Affirmed to and subscribed before me March 20, 1834,
CHARLES DIMON, Justice of the Peace.
To this statement Smith and his associates replied by the audacious assertion that Mr. Hale was blind, and could not write, and that, therefore, the letter was
a forgery. This calumny, however, is satisfactorily disproved by Mr. Lewis, whose affidavit is subjoined. He knew Mr. Hale intimately, and thus concludes a
summary of his character:
I have been acquainted with Isaac Hale for fifty years, and have never known him guilty of telling a falsehood. His character for truth and veracity has never been
questioned. He has been supervisor, assessor, and collector, in this town; has kept his own accounts, and made his own returns, satisfactorily to all concerned.
But he is now old, and his arms are somewhat palsied, so that when he desires anything written, he usually employs one of his sons, although he retains his
sight, and is still capable of walking.
Affirmed and subscribed before me, March 20th, 1834.
Justice of the Peace. State of Pennsylvania, Susquehannah County.
I do hereby certify that I have been acquainted with Nathaniel Lewis, who affirmed to aid subscribed the above certificate, for these twenty-seven years, last past,
and during the whole of that time he has been a respectable minister of the Methodist Episcopal church; a man of veracity and good moral character.
Witness my hand, March 21st, 1834
WM. THOMPSON, Associate Judge.
Mr. Lewis, who know Smith intimately, thus concludes a summary of his character: -- These circumstances, and many others of a similar tenor, embolden me
to say that Joseph Smith, Jr., is not a man of truth and veracity; and that his general character in this part of the country, is that of an impostor, hypocrite and liar.
NATHANIEL C. LEWIS.
Affirmed to sad subscribed before me, the 20th March, 1834.
Justice of the Peace.
In speaking of the affidavit of Mr. Hale, the Register further remarks, "Where his name is known the certificate of Isaac Hale will need no further support."
FURTHER PROOFS OF THE INFAMOUS CHARACTER
The following are the most material facts by other creditable witnesses, all upon oath, before Charles Dimon, a justice of the peace.
OF SMITH, HARRIS, AND RIGDON.
JOSHUA M'KUNE states, that he "was acquainted with Joseph Smith Jr. and Martin Harris, during their residence in Harmony, Pa., and knew them to be artful seducers;" --
That they informed him that "Smith had found a sword, breast-plate, and a pair of spectacles, at the time he found the gold plates" -- that "these were to be shown to all the
world as evidence of the truth of what was contained in those plates," and that "he (M'Kune) and others should see them at a specified time." He also states that "the time
for the exhibition of the Plates, &c. has gone by, and that he has not seen them." "Joseph Smith, Jr., told him that his (Smith's) first born child was to translate the characters
and hieroglyphics upon the plates into our language, at the age of three years; but this child was not permitted to live to verify the prediction. He also states that he has been
intimately acquainted with Isaac Hale twenty-four years, and has always found him to be man of truth and good morals."
HEZEKIAH M'KUNE states that "in conversation with Joseph Smith, Jr., he (Smith) said he was nearly equal to Jesus Christ; that he was a prophet sent by God to bring in
the Jews, and that he was the greatest prophet that had ever arisen."
ALVA HALE, son of Isaac Hale, states " that Joseph Smith, Jr. told him that his (Smith's) gift in seeing with a stone and hat, was a gift from God," but also states "that Smith told
him at another time that this "peeping" was all d---d nonsense. He (Smith) was deceived himself but did not intend to deceive others; -- that he intended to quit the business,
(of peeping) and labor for his livelihood." That afterwards, Smith told him, "he should see the plates from which he translated the book of Mormon," and accordingly at the time
specified by Smith, he (Hale) "called to see the plates, but Smith did not show them, but appeared angry." He further states, that he knows Joseph Smith Jr. to be an impostor,
and a liar, and knows Martin Harris to be a liar likewise. That his father (Isaac Hale) can both see and write, [--------] the declarations of the Mormons;
and that the letter sent by his father, Isaac Hale, to Dr. P. Hurlburt was written by Jesse Hale, his (I. Hale's) son, and was correct and true."
LEVI LEWIS states, that he has "been acquainted with Joseph Smith, Jr., and Martin Harris, and that he has heard them both say adultery was no crime. Harris said he did not
blame Smith for his (Smith's) attempt to seduce Eliza Winters, &c.;" Mr. Lewis says that he "knows Smith to be a liar; that he saw him intoxicated at three different times while
he was composing the book of Mormon, and also that he has heard Smith when driving oxen use language of the greatest profanity." Mr. Lewis also testifies that "he heard Smith
say that he (Smith) was as good as Jesus Christ, that it was as bad to injure him as to injure Jesus Christ." "With regard to the plates, he (Smith) said God had deceived him,
which was the reason he (Smith) did not show the plates.
Eld. Nathaniel Lewis states that "he has always resided in the same neighbourhood with Isaac Hale, and knows him to be a man of truth and good judgment."
He further states that he has been acquainted with Joseph Smith Jr., and Martin Harris, and knows them to be lying impostors." Sophia Lewis certifies [that]
she "heard a conversation between Joseph Smith, Jr., and the Rev. Jos. B. Roach, in which Smith called Roach a d__d fool. Smith also said in the same
conversation that he (Smith) was as good as Jesus Christ;" and that she " has frequently heard Smith use profane language." She states she heard Smith
say "the book of plates could not be opened under penalty of death, by any other person hut his (Smith's) first born, which was to be a male." She says
"she was present at the birth of this child, that it was still born and very much deformed."
We certify that we have long been acquainted with Joshua McKune, Alva Hale, Levi Hale, Levi Lewis, Nathaniel C. Lewis, and Sophia Lewis, the individuals
furnishing the several statements above referred to, and that they are all persons of moral good character, and undoubted veracity,
ABRAHAM DUBOIS, Justice of the Peace.
JASON WILSON, Post Master.
Great Bend, Susquehannah, Co., March 20, 1834.
In conclusion, the Register, in reference to these affidavits and statements says: The foregoing complete exposure of Joseph Smith, junior, the author of this
imposture, with the commencement of his operations, was published by us between six and seven years ago. Many, no doubt, were preserved by it from being
entangled in the net of this arch deceiver; but the late unfortunate persecution in Missouri has again thrown him up to public view, and given him and his followers
a consideration which they never otherwise could have enjoyed; and as they are improving it to disseminate their doctrines, and in some instances are beguiling
unstable souls, we have thought it advisable to give it a republication, that if possible it might recover some from the infatuation in which they have been involved,
and preserve others from the power of the snare. The statement of Smith's father-in-law, Mr. Hale, with the affidavits and certificates, would seem to be sufficient
to open the eyes of any rational being, and rid him from the snare. But we learned when at the Mormon settlement in Kirkland, Ohio, more than a year since,
that Joe Smith had adopted course to meet them, which displayed the dexterity of Satan himself. He is vigilant to obtain all the statements and facts which
appear against him in the different papers, exposing his wickedness and folly, and so soon as he receives any thing of the kind he collects his followers and
reads it in their hearing; and tests it as the fabrications of enemies and persecutors. By this bold manoeuvre, so seemingly honest, he secures confidence;
and everything that appears against him, however true, is put down to falsehood and enmity.
We derived our information from one who had abandoned the imposture, but was residing opposite the great temple. It is somewhat strange that any intelligent
ones adhered to him after the failure of his bank in Ohio. If he indeed knew all things, as he pretends, that he should have known the state of embarrassment
in which the bank operations would have involved him and several of his associates, requiring them to leave their magnificent temple in Kirkland, to lease it to
the Presbyterians, and seek refuge in Missouri, must have appeared inexplicable. And after being settled there, if he was thus infinite in knowledge, that he
would have ventured to order the sword to be drawn against the Missourians, when he must have known it would have resulted in its defeat and captivity, must
have struck the thinking ones as not [less -------] if he had the power that he pretends, that he did not blast these hostile Missourians by a single prayer, adds
to the number of previous difficulties. One seems engaged in very little business to spend time about so wretched an imposture, but if a single individual can
be preserved by the labour from the fatal snare, it can not be deemed unimportant. And to do what we can to furnish foreigners with an expose that may
secure the unwary from the loss of their property, and the ruin of their domestic happiness, is at this time peculiarly imperative.