On this episode, we’ll be talking about the PR nightmare that was the Spalding theory as it embodied a new resurgence in the public eye. Spalding’s wife, Matilda Davison, and Hingepin Sidney Rigdon went at it in a public letter exchange where she laid out the theory claiming the Book of Mormon came from her late husband’s fiction and Rigdon responds with ad hominem attacks and blatant lies. After that we follow up on the conversation with Charone Frankel from last week’s episode.
B.H. Roberts The Book of Mormon pt 3 http://www.solomonspalding.com/docs2/Rob1905a.htm
Susan Black on Nauvoo population http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3025&context=byusq
Full text of “Manuscript Story—Conneaut Creek https://archive.org/stream/themanuscriptsto00spauuoft/themanuscriptsto00spauuoft_djvu.txt
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