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 Post subject: Re: Source of the "idea" that a scripture like book was need
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:04 am 
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Then came the crisis with Harris losing those pages. The one weak point in the translator scheme was reproducibility of the dictated text. As damage control Smith resorted to receiving a message directly from God. How he must have kicked himself when people bought it. If he had known he could get away with things like that he would never have bothered with those doggoned plates and the translation charade.

Mark Hoffman was so good as a forger that even throughout much of his bombing trail the prosecution was struggling to find a motive for him killing people, because even the prosecution believed his forgeries were legitimate. No one could believe someone like Hoffman capable of creating such realistic looking documents by himself. Like Joseph Smith, he started fooling people with small items that people believed were real and moved on to bigger and bigger scams. Hoffman's problem was he was unable to come up with a promised big scam, the McClellan papers. Now if only he had a cousin whom he could trust to go in on the scam with him, he might of been able to produce it.

Interesting side note. Like other "discoveries" that Hoffman produced, the Salt Lake City Mormon church was interested in secretly buying the McClellan papers Hoffman claimed he could "procure", so the church could hide them. The church was worried that their content might be damaging like the Salamander letter. The irony was the unknown to the church, the church actually had the McClellan papers in their archives already. Since access to the archives was tightly restricted, even the church didn't know it's contents. They were/are that afraid of their own history.

What Joseph Smith should have said: "No man knows my hagiography."
What Jane Manning did say: "I am white except for the color of my skin."

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