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The Mythical "Manuscript Found"
I. Overview of the Spalding-Rigdon Theory 007-010 A. The Spalding authorship claims 007 B. Spalding-Rigdon Theory falls on hard times 008 1. The 1884 Spalding Manuscript discovery 2. Fawn Brodie's 1945 Book 3. Smith as sole author theories C. The Theory's Comeback: Internet & 2005 Book 009-10 1. SolomonSpalding.com, etc. 2. The Spalding Enigma 3. LDS/RLDS have always been critical of naturalistic theories 4. Enigma authors haven't dealt effectively with objections 5. Facts do not support Spalding advocates II. Mormonism Unvailed - the 1834 Eber D. Howe Book Genesis of the Spalding-Rigdon Theory 010-016 A. Purpose and Authorship of the 1834 Book 011-14 1. D. P. Hurlbut employed by anti-Mormons 2. Book of Mormon a work of fiction? 3. E. D. Howe the primary author, not Hurlbut 4. Mormon leaders' reaction to Howe 5. Hurlbut's bad character reported 6. Hurlbut's payment compromised 7. Spalding claims vs Smith authorship claims B. Disagreement on Smith as sole author theory 015-16 1. Enigma writers and the Tanners 2. Dale R. Broadhurst and the Tanners 3. Dan Vogel and the Spalding-Rigdon theory III. The Two Spalding Manuscripts Claims: Fact or Fabrication? Is the "Manuscript Found" on file at Oberlin College? 016-052 A. Spalding's writings described by former associates 016-20 1. General features of the "Manuscript Found" 2. Names in the "Manuscript Found" B. The 1833 quest to recover "Manuscript Found" 020-21 1. D. P. Hurlbut locates a manuscript in New York 2. E. D. Howe describes the Spalding "Roman" story 3. Disagreement over story retrieved by Hurlbut C. The question of multiple Spalding fictional stories 021-22 1. Spalding Enigma argues for multiple manuscripts 2. James H. Fairchild's 1884 report on manuscript(s) 3. Early testimony on the number of manuscript(s) 4. Spalding family recollections of manuscript(s) D. Evidence for a second Spalding fictional story 023-25 1. Aron Wright's first statement reviewed 2. Howe's report of a second manuscript reviewed 3. Aron Wright's second statement considered 4. Howe does not cite Aron Wright's second statement 5. Wright's second statement late, with nothing new 6. Wright's second statement a collusion with Hurlbut? E. Unfinished Tale: help or harm to Spalding claims? 026-28 1. Spalding Enigma's views on "Manuscript Story" 2. Witness testimony fits "Manuscript Story" 3. "Manuscript Story" needs polish to be publishable 4. Paper Dreams: problems with foolscap 5. Witness testimony fits "Manuscript Story" F. Malleable Memory: the Reviewer's explanations 028-52 1. Howe's suspicious behavior with "Manuscript Story" 2. Enigma says Hurlbut never got "Manuscript Found" 3. Genuine but vague memories of "Manuscript Story" 4. Remembering things that were never there 5. Problems with the lost tribes of Israel 6. Geography, mounds and missionaries IV. Hurlbut: A Man, a Legend, a Way of Life: A Bad Character? First Investigator of the Spalding Claims 052-084 A. Hurlbut joins and is cut off from the Mormons 052-64 1. Early background of D. P. Hurlbut 2. Hurlbut the ex-Mormon agitator 3. An adulterer or merely a fornicator? 4. Hurlbut's later difficulties B. The Clapp-trap: Rigdon's righteous indignation? 064-67 1. Rigdon's 1839 Quincy Whig allegations 2. the Hurlbuts' trouble in Mentor: 1835 or 1836? C. The Garrit Brass Death: Was Hurlbut involved? 067-70 1. the 1837 Painesville Republican report, etc. 2. Hurlbut's capacity for violence reviewed D. Hurlbut's likely influence on the testimony 070-84 1. a prejudice against Mormon missionary preaching? 2. witnesses sought notoriety with their statements? 3. John and Martha Spalding -- the first witnesses? 4. the unidentified Mr. Jackson 5. Orson Hyde investigates the Spalding claims (1834?) 6. language common to the witnesses' statements V. Beyond the Reach of D. P. Hurlbut's Influence Additional Testimony and Opinions 084-091 A. Spalding Family Testimony 084-86 1. Josiah Spalding's 1855 statement 2. John, Martha, Matilda & Josiah's agreement B. Religious Material and the Book of Mormon 086-91 1. problems with a non-religious "Manuscript Found" 2. non-Mormons point out the problems VI. Questions of the Alleged Authors' Style and Ability Literary Qualifications of Smith & Spalding 092-099 A. The Joseph Smith Enigma 092-96 1. Smith was incapable of writing the BoM 2. Spalding theory concocted to explain complex BoM B. Spalding's Literary Abilities 096-99 1. Spalding could not have changed his writing style 2. "Manuscript Story" was Spalding's first and only fiction 3. Spalding's writings no resemblance to the BoM VII. Theories Implicating Sidney Rigdon: Rigdon's History and Motives Examined 100-123 A. Early BoM critics didn't claim Rigdon as author 100-02 1. Rev. Campbell pointed to Smith, not Rigdon 2. Other early critics did not point to Rigdon 3. James G. Bennett first claims "Ringdon" author B. Spalding Enigma says Rigdon was BoM co-author 102-09 1. Did Spalding's widow name Rigdon as BoM editor? 2. McKinstry connects Rigdon with Spalding manuscript? 3. Did Spalding speak to Amity witnesses about Rigdon? 4. Did Rigdon frequent Pittsburgh bookstores? 5. Rebecca Johnston Eichbaum recollections 6. Did Rigdon receive mail at Pittsburgh PO? C. Red Herring or wishful thinking: Rigdon's Denial 109-13 1. Which Patterson did Spalding's widow speak of? 2. Did Rigdon know Joseph Patterson? D. Rigdon the prime mover of a BoM conspiracy? 113-23 1. The relationship between Smith and Rigdon 2. Testimony of Rigdon's family members 3. No good reason to view Rigdon as a BoM conspirator VIII. The Little Known Oliver Cowdery A Link Between Rigdon and Smith? 123-130 A. Was young Oliver Cowdery a journeyman printer? 123-28 1. Spalding Enigma says Cowdery was the link 2. Mistaken Identities: Oliver & Franklin B. Cowdery's early New York activities disputed 128-30 1. When was Oliver Cowdery first in New York? 2. Orsamus Turner's account: a dubious foundation IX. Other Enigmas: Errors and Misperceptions The Reviewer Points Out Various Problems in Enigma 130-138 A. Readers may be Misled by Authors' Statements 130-33 1. The Nephite Record and Manchester caves 2. The curtain that wasn't there: BoM translation 3. The amount of time spent on BoM translation B. BoM Witnesses and the "Eye of Faith" 134-38 1. Spalding Enigma claims no physical witness 2. The eye of faith and spiritual eyes explained X. The Reviewer's Conclusion & Appendix Still an Unsolved Enigma -- Study Materials 138-140