By: LARRY SITES To: ANDREW CONNER Re: RE: WHY WE ARE HERE ANDREW CONNER to MATT GIWER on 0

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By: LARRY SITES To: ANDREW CONNER Re: RE: WHY WE ARE HERE ANDREW CONNER to MATT GIWER on 02-22-95 22:22 re: RE: WHY WE ARE HERE AC> There were no books in print about the "AZTECS" or any ancient AC> "American" Natives when Joseph translated the plates containing AC> the history accounts of the Book of Mormon. Not according to George D. Smith's "Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon" chapter in _On the Barricades; Religion and Free Inquiry in Conflict_. On page 144 it describes speculations from 1818 to 1823 in a paper local to Smith about the civilized nature of the natives ancestors. In 1827 an account of Mexican Mayan manuscripts written in hieroglyphics considered proof of contact with Egypt. In 1823, _A View of the Hebrews_ was published 40 miles from Smith's birthplace describing Indian inscriptions as hieroglyphics. In fact there are so many similarities between _View of the Hebrews_ and the book of Mormon that Mormon historian Brigham H. Roberts is quoted as saying that it "makes them so serious a menace to Joseph Smiths story", _A Book of Mormon Study_, Part 1, Chapter 13, pp 19-24. The _Barracades_ article in footnote 40 adds that Smith quotes from _View_ in an 1842 newspaper article but gives as his reference an 1833 secondary source that was published 3 years after the book of Mormon.

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