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Subject:  Re: Mormon church exodus Date:  7/31/2012  8:46 PM
Author:  lindytoes Number:  44375 of 117499

BTW: his idea for the Mormon story came from a Methodist minister he met in Syracuse NY. The minister was too ill to hold a pulpit so he'd written a novel that is essentially the Book of Mormon. The Mormons don't like to talk much about Joe's real history.
Scroll down on the link below until you see the brown text, ROCHESTER DAILY ADVERTISER AND TELEGRAPH. Vol. VI. Rochester, April 7, 1832. No. 1655.
Is this the story you were talking about? How fascinating!
Note 1: The "Doct. Solomon Spalding" mentioned above, as being married at Bennington twp., Genesee (now Wyoming) County, New York, was the author of the unpublished religious novel, "Romance of Celes." The manuscript of that "celestial story" is now on file in the Library of Congress and is cataloged under the name of the better known Solomon Spalding of Ashford (1761-1816)...

The story contains numerous thematic and phraseology parallels to both the Oberlin Spaldingg manuscript and the Book of Mormon."
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