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“Whatever the intent of Joseph Smith in expounding this view of the Negro,” Mr. Howard wrote, “it is clear that the ancient papyri from Egypt contained no such information…

“It may be helpful to suggest that the Book of Abraham represents simply the product of Joseph Smith Jr.’s imagination, wrought out in the midst of what to him must have been a very crucial and demanding complex set of circumstances.”

Wallace Turner quotes Richard P. Howard, R.L.D.S. Historian, New York Times (New York, NY: New York Times, 3 May 1970), page unknown.