The first edition Book of Mormon did not disappoint. What I had not expected, however, was what had been pasted into the British Library’s Book of Mormon. I came across this letter, dated 28 June 1900:
“My dear Sir:
In reply to your letter of the 11th inst. concerning Joseph Smith, the alleged Mormon prophet, I will say that the newspaper extract quoted therein has little or no foundation in fact. Joe Smith and his followers resided at various places in Missouri and very frequently were in armed collision with the citizens but there is no record of Smith’s having been wounded and his leg amputated. Smith was killed by a mob on May [crossed out in pencil and written “June”] 27th,1844, at Carthage, Illinois.