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“Is it possible that a record written by Abraham…containing the most important revelations that God ever gave to man, should be entirely lost by the tenacious Israelites, and preserved by the unbelieving Egyptians, and by them embalmed and deposited in the catacombs with an Egyptian priest? …I venture to say no, it is not possible. It is more likely that the records are Egyptian.”

~William S. West, A Few Interesting Facts Respecting the Rise, Progress and Pretension of the Mormons, pamphlet (1837); see also Stan Larson, Quest For the Gold Plates, pages 89 and 122~