William Jarman : "That Anti-Mormon Apostle of the British Isles"
Journal of Mormon History
University of Illinois Press; Mormon History Association
William Jarman was a salesman and a showman as well as a buffoon and a crank. Although in public he appeared to be confident while expounding on the topic of Mormonism, his self-assured demeanor faded when faced with a truly courageous challenger. He wanted to be regarded as a hero, but to Mormons he was a villain of the worst kind. Nevertheless he served the citizens in Exeter where he appeared in a more positive light. The full story of his later years remains to be told. Despite his responsible behavior in Exeter, his fame rests principally on Hell upon Earth, where readers might have considered his hyperbole as an attempt to be humorous, but many of his listeners took him seriously. He was portrayed as a dangerous and despicable character, yet he cared about his reputation in Utah. He has his place in the history of the British Latter-day Saints, although it is not the tale he would have wanted to be told.