Joseph Smith’s Abraham project has occasioned much confusion and debate over the almost two centuries since it began in 1835. To contribute to the confusion (and illustrate something of the social history of the vignettes–dubbed facsimiles), I offer the following tidbit.
Prominent anti-Mormon newspaperman Thomas Sharp (Thom-ASS to Joseph Jr.’s acerbic little brother William) responded to the Times and Seasons publication of Joseph’s interpretation of the facsimiles by claiming that the sacrificial victim was Thomas Sharp, and the knife-wielding dark lord was Smith. The vitriolic William responded in his hymenoptoric prose:
No. 1st represents a fat Turkey suspended in a proper place, to bring the Editor to a sence of gratitude. Numbers 5, 6, 7 and 8th, Tom Greg and three sub Editors laughing at the calamity they have brought upon their sool (T. Sharp._ No. 9 the Editor in a future state. No. 11 the brakes and rushes near the Indian fishery below Warsaw. He can translate the rest of No. 11; wee’l keep dark. Plate 2. The Editor’s satylites (Anti Mormons) in confusion occasioned by the stings of the Wasp.
 I doubt this is a word. Mormons and Anti-Mormons talked incessantly about the choice of Wasp for the name of the “secular” newspaper for Nauvoo. Finally people got sick enough of the vitriol to demand a name change (now under the editorship of John Taylor, as William had been elected to the state legislature, where his angry tirades continued) to the Nauvoo Neighbor.
 “A Scared Editor,” The Wasp 1:2 (23 Apr 1842): 3.
 Remember those choose-your-own-adventure books from the 1980s? The ones where the nirvana pages could only be reached by accident? This isn’t one of them.