The last of a pretended line of Hebrew prophets, and the
pretended author of The Book of Mormon, or Golden Bible, written on golden plates. This work was in reality written by the Rev.
Solomon Spalding, but
was claimed by Joseph Smith as a direct revelation to him by the
angel Mornion. Spalding died in 1816; Smith, 1844.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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