I was in the midst of looking for some articles written by Michael Quinn when I noticed he had written an article on one of the Hofmann forgeries. Because of this it got me to wondering, while writing my essay which has nothing to do with any of these topics.
Was the embarassment caused to the church through these forgeries what finished the downward spiral New Mormon History was in before this? I say this having no proof but wondering if those who know more about the subject would contribute.
My feeling is that many in the leadership would be suspicious of the historians that so readily accepted many of these, such as the Anthon script which was even imprinted on the early eighties gold book of Mormon.
As I said though, I am really looking for a general point of view because I have wondered if that was what tilted the balance against these histories in the minds of some of the leaders.