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The Dogberry Papers and the Book of Mormon

TitleThe Dogberry Papers and the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1970
AuthorsRich, Russell R.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsAnti-Mormon; Cole, Abner; Early Church History; Obadiah Dogberry; Palmyra, NY; The Reflector
On September 2, 1829, a new paper was born in Palmyra, New York, called The Reflector and published by O. Dogberry, Jun. The object of the papers was to “correct the morals and improve the mind.”
O. Dogberry was the pseudonym for a certain Esquire Cole, an ex-justice of the peace, who had obtained access on Sundays and evenings to the use of the idle E. B. Grandin & Co. press, the same press which was being used to print the Book of Mormon.
Apparently rumors and gossip about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon were widespread; and Esquire Cole, who looked upon Joseph as an impostor, printed rather tart comments about him and the Book of Mormon.