I was in Special Collections the other day, going thru the diaries of Mark H. Forscutt, a Latter-day Saint who left the Brighamites and became a Latter Day Saint when the Josephite movement started up. I came across an entry in which he describes an interesting encounter with one Mr. Moore, whom he describes as a “Brownite.” I’m not sure who Brown is (any who can enlighten us on that, please do), but I found the passage quite intriguing, and so I quote:
Saturday, Jan 25/73. 16. . . 4.
Left by 10:15 train for chesterfield. Was met as per agreement by Bro Hill at the station. He had also with him a Mr Moore, formerly a Brighamite, then and still a Brownite . Bro Pointon also came, with whom and the rest of the company I spent a very pleasant time. Mr Moore loaned to me to read while there a Book published by the Brown party, containing a “revelation” to Mr Brown, purporting to be from the spirit of Joseph Smith. I pointed out the inconsistencies in its language it having the same grammatical errors in it as are found in another revelation” in the book purporting to be from Gabriel – especially in the use of the objective him instead of the nominative he. Another inconsistency lay in the description given of Joseph Smith by Mr Brown, whom he professes to have seen at the time the revelation was given, and whom he describes as being about 5 ft 7 or 5 ft 8 in. in height . There are several revelations purporting to be from Joseph Smith, who “the angel Gabriel” reveals was appointed a prophet, but who fell through ambition. He <J.S.> is also represented as denouncing his own revelations, as being made up from the scriptures and additions and revelations alterations of his own _ this is said of the Doctrine and Covenants , and the reader is referred to the Book of Cov. as evidences of the truth of the statement -a recommendation which, if followed , would be most fatal to the revelation containing it. Mr Moore thanked me for pointing out the inaccuracies.