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The Character of Martin Harris

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Orsamus Turner (1852): "Martin Harris honest, worthy citizen"

Orsamus Turner, who considered Joseph Smith "a cheat and a fraud," had this to say about Martin Harris. Turner felt that Joseph Smith duped Martin Harris into mortgaging his farm in order to finance the printing of the Book of Mormon:

Martin Harris, was a farmer of Palmyra, the owner of a good farm, and an honest, worthy citizen; but especially given to religious enthusiasm, new creeds, the more extravagant the better. [1]


  1. Orsamus Turner, History of the Pioneer Settlement of Phelps and Gorham’s Purchase and Morris’ Reserve (1852) 215.

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