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Source: Church History Vol. 4 Chapter 27 Page: 470 (~1885)

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470 who think different from us. This we believe is one anamoly [anomaly] in religious journalism.

Of course articles will necessarily have to be brief, and they must be gentlemanly and decent, to insure insertion.

With regard to members of the Reorganized Church, it must be distinctly understood that its columns will not be used to ventilate private notions, or doctrines adverse to the well-established and generally accepted doctrines of said church.

The church is a unity, and so are her doctrines.

"We must all speak the same thing," for we are all baptized into one body, and have been all made to drink of the same spirit, for with us there is only "one Lord, one faith, and one baptism."

February 22 a branch was organized at Nottingham, England, by Elders C. H. Caton and G. S. Greenwood, with William Shepherd, presiding elder; A. Wibberly, priest; J. Cope, teacher; and William Coxen, deacon.

The Leeds Branch, at Leeds, England, was organized soon after by Elders Joseph Dewsnup and James Baty, with Joseph Naylor, president; Martin Haywood, priest; and Henry Warren, teacher.

About this time it became generally known that the Spalding Romance, of which so much has been said in connection with the Book of Mormon, had been discovered in the possession of Mr. L. L. Rice, of Honolulu, Sandwich Islands. This excited much inquiry, both on the part of those who believed in the identity of the manuscript with the Book of Mormon, and those who believed otherwise.

The following account of the find appeared in the January, 1885, number of the Bibliotheca Sacra, published at Oberlin, Ohio, and was copied into several other publications:

The theory of the origin of the Book of Mormon in the traditional manuscript of Solomon Spalding will probably have to be relinquished. That manuscript is doubtless now in the possession of Mr. L. L. Rice, of Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, formerly an anti-slavery editor in Ohio, and for many years State printer at Columbus. During a recent visit to Honolulu, I suggested to Mr. Rice that he might have valuable antislavery documents in his possession which he would be willing to contribute to the rich collection already in the Oberlin College Library. In pursuance of this suggestion Mr. Rice began looking over his old pamphlets and papers, and at length came upon an old, worn, and faded manuscript of about one hundred and seventy-five pages, small quarto,

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