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Solomon Spalding

Solomon Spalding (February 20, 1761 – October 20, 1816) was an American author who wrote two related texts: an unfinished manuscript entitled Manuscript Story – Conneaut Creek, and an unpublished historical romance about the lost civilization of the mound builders of North America called Manuscript Found. Whether these texts are distinct is disputed. After Spalding's death, a number of individuals suggested that Spalding's work was used as a source by Joseph Smith for the Book of Mormon, a scripture in the Latter Day Saint movement.

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Spalding was born in Ashford, Connecticut. He was a member of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. In 1782, he entered Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, graduating with the class of 1785. In October 1787, he became an ordained Congregationalist preacher in Windham, Connecticut.

In 1795, Spalding married Matilda Sabin and opened a store with her brother Josiah in Cherry Valley, New York. In 1799, they moved the store to Richfield, New York. Around this time, Spalding bought a tract of land in and relocated to Conneaut, Ohio. While in Conneaut, Spalding began writing Manuscript, Found. In 1812, due to the disruptions of the War of 1812, Spalding moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1814, he moved to Amity, Pennsylvania, where he died two years later.

From 1809 to 1812, Spalding worked on a historical fiction about a Roman discovery of the Americas. An unfinished manuscript copy of this work exists, called "The Oberlin Manuscript" or "Honolulu Manuscript". It is a historical romance "purporting to have been translated from the Latin, found on 24 rolls of parchment in a cave, on the banks of the Conneaut Creek". It tells of a Roman ship which discovers America.

The text of the Oberlin Manuscript was published by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS Church) in 1885, and by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in 1886 and 1910 under the name Manuscript, Found. In Eber D. Howe's anti-Mormon book Mormonism Unvailed, family members and other witnesses claimed that the true title of the Oberlin Manuscript is actually Manuscript Story – Conneaut Creek, and that Spalding penned another manuscript titled Manuscript, Found which bore no resemblance to the Oberlin Manuscript.

Around 1812, Spalding allegedly completed a historical romance distinct from the Oberlin Manuscript which "purported to have been a record found buried in the earth". Spalding moved to Pittsburgh and reportedly took this manuscript to the publisher Patterson & Lambdin, but Spalding died in 1816 before the manuscript could be published.

Unlike the Oberlin Manuscript, there is, to date, no physical evidence of this first manuscript, so the details of this other manuscript are based on testimonies originally published some twenty years later in Mormonism Unvailed.

Alleged contents of second manuscript

Plot

According to John Spalding, Solomon's brother, the plot of Manuscript, Found told "of the first settlers of America, endeavoring to show that the American Indians are the descendants of the Jews, or the lost tribes. "Spaulding’s fiction is about a group of Romans blown off course on a journey to Britain who arrive instead in America. One of the Romans narrates the adventures of the group and the history and culture of the people they find in America." (https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/spaulding-manuscript?lang=eng) (https://archive.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/manuscript-found-complete-original-spaulding-manuscript). Cruel and bloody wars ensued, in which great multitudes were slain. They buried their dead in large heaps, which caused the mounds so common in this country." Spalding gave this as an affidavit to be published in Eber D. Howe's anti-Mormon book Mormonism Unvailed.

Phraseology

Those who claim to have seen the second manuscript testified that it was written "in scripture style of writing" and recalled its repetitive usage of phrases like "and it came to pass" or "now it came to pass", as well as the repeated phrase "I Nephi".

Reliability of witness accounts of a second manuscript

Some modern scholars question the validity of the eyewitness accounts of this second manuscript. Fawn Brodie, in No Man Knows My History, dismissed the witness statements on grounds of witness tampering and false memory syndrome.

In 1832, Latter Day Saint missionaries Samuel H. Smith and Orson Hyde visited Conneaut, Ohio, and preached from the Book of Mormon. Nehemiah King, a resident of Conneaut who knew Spalding when he lived there, said that the Mormon text resembled the story written by Spalding years before. In 1833, Spalding's brother John and seven other residents of Conneaut signed affidavits stating that Spalding had written a manuscript, portions of which were identical to the Book of Mormon. These statements were published in E. D. Howe's 1834 book Mormonism Unvailed, in which the theory was presented that the Book of Mormon was plagiarized from this manuscript. Several years later, Spalding's widow and daughter, other residents of Conneaut, and residents of Amity, Pennsylvania, also signed statements indicating that Spalding had authored a manuscript that was similar to the Book of Mormon.

"I well remember that he wrote in the old style, and commenced about every sentence with 'and it came to pass,' or 'now it came to pass,' the same as in the Book of Mormon, and according to the best of my recollection and belief, it is the same as my brother Solomon wrote, with the exception of the religious matter."[citation needed]

In 1927, Professor Azariah S. Root, who had headed the library at Oberlin College, wrote a letter regarding the origins of the Spalding Manuscript and how it relates to the Book of Mormon. In it he states that the Spalding document to which he had access, The Oberlin Manuscript, "seems pretty clearly not to have been the manuscript from which the Book of Mormon was written". Since neither Root nor anybody else had possession of Spalding's alleged second manuscript, he stated that The Oberlin Manuscript "does not seem to throw very much light" on the question of whether the second manuscript was used as a basis for the Book of Mormon.

  1. Also spelled Spaulding in some sources.
  2. Roper, Matthew. "The Mythical Manuscript Found"(PDF). The FARMS Review 17.2. Retrieved21 November 2014.
  3. Persuitte, David (2000). Joseph Smith and the origins of the Book of Mormon (2 ed.). McFarland. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-7864-0826-9. RetrievedFebruary 8, 2010.
  4. "Spaulding Manuscript Collection, 1811-12, 1885-86, 1927, 1977, 1985, n.d. - Oberlin College Archives". Archived from the original on 2016-05-07. Retrieved2018-11-29.
  5. Shook, Charles Augustus (1 January 1914). The true origin of the Book of Mormon. Standard Pub. Co. p. 71 – via Internet Archive. Manuscript Story -- Conneaut Creek.
  6. "E. D. Howe's Mormonism Unvailed, Part 5 of 5)".
  7. "Rebecca J. Eichbaum's 1879 statement & Isaac Craig's 1882 letter".
  8. "Spaulding Manuscript - The Encyclopedia of Mormonism". eom.byu.edu. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved2016-09-21.
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  10. "2008 Jockers et al. Word-print Study".
  • Robert Patterson (1882). Who Wrote the Book of Mormon? (L H Everts & Co.)
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Solomon Spalding
Solomon Spalding Language Watch Edit Solomon Spalding 1 February 20 1761 October 20 1816 was an American author who wrote two related texts an unfinished manuscript entitled Manuscript Story Conneaut Creek and an unpublished historical romance about the lost civilization of the mound builders of North America called Manuscript Found Whether these texts are distinct is disputed 2 After Spalding s death a number of individuals suggested that Spalding s work was used as a source by Joseph Smith for the Book of Mormon a scripture in the Latter Day Saint movement Contents 1 Biography 2 The Oberlin Manuscript 3 Other Manuscript 3 1 Alleged contents of second manuscript 3 2 Reliability of witness accounts of a second manuscript 4 Theorized usage of Spalding s work in Book of Mormon 5 See also 6 Notes 7 References 8 External linksBiography EditSpalding was born in Ashford Connecticut He was a member of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War In 1782 he entered Dartmouth College in Hanover New Hampshire graduating with the class of 1785 3 In October 1787 he became an ordained Congregationalist preacher in Windham Connecticut In 1795 Spalding married Matilda Sabin and opened a store with her brother Josiah in Cherry Valley New York In 1799 they moved the store to Richfield New York Around this time Spalding bought a tract of land in and relocated to Conneaut Ohio While in Conneaut Spalding began writing Manuscript Found In 1812 due to the disruptions of the War of 1812 Spalding moved to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania In 1814 he moved to Amity Pennsylvania where he died two years later The Oberlin Manuscript EditFrom 1809 to 1812 Spalding worked on a historical fiction about a Roman discovery of the Americas An unfinished manuscript copy of this work exists called The Oberlin Manuscript or Honolulu Manuscript 4 It is a historical romance purporting to have been translated from the Latin found on 24 rolls of parchment in a cave on the banks of the Conneaut Creek It tells of a Roman ship which discovers America The text of the Oberlin Manuscript was published by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints RLDS Church in 1885 and by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints LDS Church in 1886 and 1910 under the name Manuscript Found In Eber D Howe s anti Mormon book Mormonism Unvailed family members and other witnesses claimed that the true title of the Oberlin Manuscript is actually Manuscript Story Conneaut Creek and that Spalding penned another manuscript titled Manuscript Found which bore no resemblance to the Oberlin Manuscript 5 6 Other Manuscript EditAround 1812 Spalding allegedly completed a historical romance distinct from the Oberlin Manuscript which purported to have been a record found buried in the earth 6 Spalding moved to Pittsburgh and reportedly took this manuscript to the publisher Patterson amp Lambdin but Spalding died in 1816 before the manuscript could be published 7 Unlike the Oberlin Manuscript there is to date no physical evidence of this first manuscript 8 so the details of this other manuscript are based on testimonies originally published some twenty years later in Mormonism Unvailed Alleged contents of second manuscript Edit Plot According to John Spalding Solomon s brother the plot of Manuscript Found told of the first settlers of America endeavoring to show that the American Indians are the descendants of the Jews or the lost tribes Spaulding s fiction is about a group of Romans blown off course on a journey to Britain who arrive instead in America One of the Romans narrates the adventures of the group and the history and culture of the people they find in America https abn churchofjesuschrist org study manual gospel topics spaulding manuscript lang eng https archive bookofmormoncentral org content manuscript found complete original spaulding manuscript Cruel and bloody wars ensued in which great multitudes were slain They buried their dead in large heaps which caused the mounds so common in this country Spalding gave this as an affidavit to be published in Eber D Howe s anti Mormon book Mormonism Unvailed 6 Phraseology Those who claim to have seen the second manuscript testified that it was written in scripture style of writing and recalled its repetitive usage of phrases like and it came to pass or now it came to pass as well as the repeated phrase I Nephi 9 Reliability of witness accounts of a second manuscript Edit Some modern scholars question the validity of the eyewitness accounts of this second manuscript Fawn Brodie in No Man Knows My History dismissed the witness statements on grounds of witness tampering and false memory syndrome 10 Theorized usage of Spalding s work in Book of Mormon EditMain article Spalding Rigdon theory of Book of Mormon authorship In 1832 Latter Day Saint missionaries Samuel H Smith and Orson Hyde visited Conneaut Ohio and preached from the Book of Mormon Nehemiah King a resident of Conneaut who knew Spalding when he lived there said that the Mormon text resembled the story written by Spalding years before In 1833 Spalding s brother John and seven other residents of Conneaut signed affidavits stating that Spalding had written a manuscript portions of which were identical to the Book of Mormon These statements were published in E D Howe s 1834 book Mormonism Unvailed in which the theory was presented that the Book of Mormon was plagiarized from this manuscript Several years later Spalding s widow and daughter other residents of Conneaut and residents of Amity Pennsylvania also signed statements indicating that Spalding had authored a manuscript that was similar to the Book of Mormon I well remember that he wrote in the old style and commenced about every sentence with and it came to pass or now it came to pass the same as in the Book of Mormon and according to the best of my recollection and belief it is the same as my brother Solomon wrote with the exception of the religious matter citation needed In 1927 Professor Azariah S Root who had headed the library at Oberlin College wrote a letter regarding the origins of the Spalding Manuscript and how it relates to the Book of Mormon In it he states that the Spalding document to which he had access The Oberlin Manuscript seems pretty clearly not to have been the manuscript from which the Book of Mormon was written Since neither Root nor anybody else had possession of Spalding s alleged second manuscript he stated that The Oberlin Manuscript does not seem to throw very much light on the question of whether the second manuscript was used as a basis for the Book of Mormon 4 See also Edit Biography portal Latter day Saints portal View of the HebrewsNotes Edit Also spelled Spaulding in some sources Roper Matthew The Mythical Manuscript Found PDF The FARMS Review 17 2 Retrieved 21 November 2014 Persuitte David 2000 Joseph Smith and the origins of the Book of Mormon 2 ed McFarland p 277 ISBN 978 0 7864 0826 9 Retrieved February 8 2010 a b Spaulding Manuscript Collection 1811 12 1885 86 1927 1977 1985 n d Oberlin College Archives Archived from the original on 2016 05 07 Retrieved 2018 11 29 Shook Charles Augustus 1 January 1914 The true origin of the Book of Mormon Standard Pub Co p 71 via Internet Archive Manuscript Story Conneaut Creek a b c E D Howe s Mormonism Unvailed Part 5 of 5 Rebecca J Eichbaum s 1879 statement amp Isaac Craig s 1882 letter Spaulding Manuscript The Encyclopedia of Mormonism eom byu edu Archived from the original on 2008 08 02 Retrieved 2016 09 21 E D Howe s Mormonism Unvailed Part 5 of 5 2008 Jockers et al Word print Study References EditRobert Patterson 1882 Who Wrote the Book of Mormon L H Everts amp Co Wayne Cowdrey Howard Davis and Arthur Vanick 2005 Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon The Spalding Enigma Concordia Publishing House Roper Matthew 2005 The Mythical Manuscript Found FARMS Review Provo Utah Maxwell Institute 17 2 7 140 archived from the original on 2007 02 18 retrieved 2007 01 31 External links EditWikisource has the text of a 1900 Appletons Cyclopaedia of American Biography article about Solomon Spalding Ask the Apologist Solomon Spaulding and the Book of Mormon website opposing Spalding authorship of the Book of Mormon Spalding Research Associates website favoring Spalding authorship of the Book of Mormon The Spalding Studies Site website favoring Spalding authorship of the Book of Mormon The Spalding Enigma The Fallacy of Repetition Continued website opposing Spalding authorship of the Book of Mormon Oberlin Spalding manuscript 1885 RLDS Church edition Oberlin Spalding manuscript 1886 and 1910 LDS Church editions Spalding biography in 1867 Dartmouth Alumni publication permanent dead link The FARMS Review of Wayne Cowdrey Howard Davis and Arthur Vanick 2005 Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon The Spalding Enigma Concordia Publishing House Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Solomon Spalding amp oldid 1032464506, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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