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“[The Book of Mormon] as all will conclude who have read it, or even given it a cursory review, is not that of an educated man or woman. The bungling attempt to counterfeit the style of the Scriptures; the inter-mixture of modern phraseology; the ignorance of chronology and geography; its utter crudeness and baldness, as a whole, stamp its character, and clearly exhibit its vulgar origin. It is a strange medley of scripture, romance, and bad composition.”

Orsamus Turner/childhood friend of Joseph Smith, Littell’s Living Age – Volume 30 “Origin of the Mormon Imposture” (Boston, MA: E. Littell & Company, July-September 1851), 429.