By Fawn M. Brodie
The 1st paperback variation of the vintage biography of the founding father of the Mormon church, this booklet makes an attempt to reply to the questions that proceed to enclose Joseph Smith. used to be he a real prophet, or a proficient fabulist who grew to become enthralled via the goods of his mind's eye and ended up being martyred for them? 24 pages of pictures. Map.
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The family now began its peregrinations, first to Royalton and thence to Sharon, where Joseph rented his father-in-law's farm and supplemented his meager earnings by teaching school in the winter. Their new home was lonely and isolated, high in the hills above the White River, with wooded knolls rolling away toward the sunset in lush green disarray. Beauty was there, but little promise. The land agents had cruelly tricked their Yankee brothers when they sold them Vermont, for when the hillsides were cleared of timber the farmers discovered that all their toil • This may have been the case, although historians of the time reported that the market at this date was glutted.
Young Smith gave the 'money-diggers' great encouragement, at first, but when they arrived in digging to near the place where he had stated an immense treasure would be found — he said the enchantment was so powerful that he could not see. They then became discouraged, and soon after dispersed. " Eventually Joseph's father went back to Palmyra, but the youth remained on the farm of Josiah Stowel, who seems never to have lost faith in the supernatural talents of his protege. Joseph worked on the farm, attended school in the winter, and * For Stowel's statement see his testimony in the Bainbridge court trial of r826, reprinted in Appendix A.
The Ellas Smith vision is described in The Life, Conversion, Preaching . . of Elias Smith, written by, himself (Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1816), p. 58. He came originally from Lyme, Connecticut, the home town of Solomon Mack, and migrated to Vermont in the same period that Mack did. Thompson's dream is described in his Christian Guide (Utica, New York, 1826), p. 71. 1- Palmyra Reflector files are in the New York Historical society; other Palmyra papers are in the New York State Library at Albany.