Lucy Smith's History and Abner Cole's Piracy of Extracts from the Book of Mormon
Baugh, Alexander L.,Hedges, Andrew H.
Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History : New York-Pennsylvania
Department of Church History and Doctrine, BYU
"[T]his paper examines Lucy's version of a well-known episode--Abner Cole's efforts to publish portions of the Book of Mormon prior to its official publication--in light of what independent, outside sources tell us about the event... Although basing generalizations on a single test case can be a risky exercise, understanding how well these various accounts hold up against close scrutiny in this one case should offer some additional insights into how accurate Lucy's original history as a whole might be and aid us in evaluating how helpful later revisions have or have not been in increasing the reliability of her story." [From author's introduction]