GWM comments on difficulty of WER's questions, answers them.

Date
Nov 11, 1921
Type
Letter
Source
George W. Middleton
LDS
Hearsay
Direct
Reference

George W. Middleton, Letter to Richard R. Lyman, November 11, 1921, Box 16, Folder 5, B.H. Roberts Papers, Marriott Special Collections

Scribe/Publisher
N/A
People
George W. Middleton, Richard R. Lyman
Audience
Richard R. Lyman
Transcription

I have given considerable time and study to the questions you forwarded to me concerning the Book of Mormon. The man who framed them was certainly some student, but if he had been a real critical reader of the Book of Mormon text, he could have raised questions much more difficult to answer. Question 1 regarding languages: Hubert Howe Bancroft in his Native Races, Vol. 3 page 553 says: "First that a relationship exists among all the tongues of the northern and southern continents; and that while certain characteristics are found in common throughout all the languages of America, these languages are as a whole sufficiently peculiar to be distinguished from all other languages of the world*********Nowhere on the globe are uniformities of speech carried over vast areas and through innumerable and diversified races with such persistency as in America; nowhere are tongues so dissimilar, and yet no alike as here".

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