History of Mormonism : Or a Faithful Account of That Singular Imposition and Delusion, With Sketches of the Characters of Its Propagators
"Of all the impositions which ﬂesh is heir to, none ought to be more abhorred or dreaded, than those which come 'in the garb of sanctity and religion. But that none are more ardently seized upon and cherished, by a certain portion of mankind, all history goes to substantiate. Absurdities, like comets, move in orbits both eccentric and peculiar. At one time they are obscured and lost in distance then again they are to be seen shining with a full face, frightening silly mortals from their Sphere, and turning into chaos the majesty of mind. Astronomy has scarcely taught us to foretel the appearance of the one but metaphysics will enable us'to calculate the periodical return of the other, ivhen it shall have enabled us to fathom the abysses of the human mind,' and discover the springs of human action."