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“I return herewith, under separate cover, the ‘Pearl of Great Price.’ The ‘Book of Abraham,’ it is hardly necessary to say, is a pure fabrication…Joseph Smith’s interpretation of these cuts is a farrago [confused mixture] of nonsense from beginning to end.”

Dr. Arthur C. Mace/Assistant Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Department of Egyptian Art; quoted in F.S. Spalding, Joseph Smith, Jr., As A Translator (Salt Lake City, UT: The Arrow Press, 1912), 27.