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“[Joseph Smith] has been known, in these parts, for some time, as a kind of Juggler [trickster], who has pretended, through a glass, to see money underground &c, &c. The book, on which he founds his new religion, is called the ‘Book of Mormon’. It contains not much, and is rather calculated to suit the marvelous, and unthinking.”

~Reverend John Sherer – 18 November 1830; see Marquardt and Walters’ Inventing Mormonism, page 187; 1994~