Excerpt from A Complete Concordance to the Book of Mormon
I do not think there are any, perhaps with the single exception of the very few, who have attempted a work of the same kind, who can conceive of the amount Of labor involved in the preparation of such a work. It is said that the compilation of the first Latin Concordance to the Bible (that done under the direction of Cardinal Hugo) occupied the time of 500 Dominican monks for years, from its commencement to its completion. Undoubtedly they must have pursued very elaborate and unbusiness-like methods. Or worked very leisurely to occupy so long a period. I therefore claim that my manner of preparation must have been more methodical and expeditious to enable me to attend to the daily duties of my calling and have the work ready for the public in twenty years. In the direct work of arrangement, etc., Ihave received but little aid from others, though, of course, I have found it a great help to have the copy type-written and have had assistance in the reading of proof and in the comparison of the printed page with the: original passages as they appear in the Book of Mormon. For I have deemed it essential to entire correctness to compare every passage as it appeared in the proof sheets with the same passage in the Sacred Record. This alone, my readers will readily perceive, wonderfully increases the labor above that involved in the preparation of an ordinary book.
The expense, too, was a consideration of no little importance. The cost of the electro plates, etc., nearly reached the sum of I have but little hope while I live of receiving this amount back through sales of the book, to say nothing of the other expenses such as printing and binding. The circulation will necessarily at first be small. As the Church grows the demand will doubtless increase. But such a book was needed, and I felt that it was very improbable that anyone else would attempt to prepare one, and even if he commenced would carry it on to completion, so I kept on day by day until it was done.
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