The Churchman newspaper publishes secondhand account of the Greek Psalter incident.

May 21, 1842
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The Churchman
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The Churchman 12, no. 11 (May 21, 1842): 42

The Churchman
Henry Caswall, Jonathan Baldwin Turner, The Churchman, Joseph Smith, Jr.
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MORMONISM IN ALL AGES; or the Rise, Progress, and Causes of Mormonism, with the Biography of its author and founder, Joseph Smith, jun. By Professor J. B. Turner, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill. New York: Platt & Peters, 36 Park Row. London: Wiley & Putnam, 35 Pater Noster Row.

This book contains an authentic outline of the facts respecting Mormonism, and gives a rapid sketch of the most remarkable outbreaks of religious fanaticism in all ages, and would, despite of some blemishes of style, be a well timed and valuable book, were in not spoiled by a rash and crude chapter on the subject of Testimony and the Evidences of Christianity; on which points the author is nearly as wild as Joe Smith could desire him to be.

As apropos in regard to Mormonism, we may state that we saw a highly intelligent gentleman, a day or two since, who has just come from Nauvoo, where he saw and conversed with Smith, and many of the Mormons. Our friend computes their number at about 70,000; (they say 100,000;) says they are governed by a military despotism; that all the orders of the chief are obeyed as the words of inspiration; and that the numbers of his followers are constantly increasing, especially by emigration from England. Their temple is of magnificent dimensions; their printing press in constant operation; their military regularly drilled; and their preachers active with "a method in their madness." Our friend showed us a printed order or revelation of the prophet, which was a sort of hieroglyphic, with a brief explanation and application subjoined. As an instance of in their infatuation, he told us that he showed Smith a Greek Psalter, who pronounced it a valuable Egyptian manuscript: but though the matter was explained to many of the Mormons, it was found impossible to shake their confidence in the inspiration of the prophet. Smith is called by many the Mohammed of the West; and Prof. Jackson inclines to the opinion that he and Rigdon (who is the master knave) are preparing systematically for an invasion of Missouri, to redress their alleged grievances.

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