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.