... I have much more to present after hearing Elder Smith' reply to my own paper, which should be said before any decision is rendered. To me both the discourse on the points questioned, and the paper in defense of them is slighter (?) than a house of cards [no life before the fall. ]Yet it was on such pabulum as this that suspended the publication of my book ' now in manuscript ' 'The Truth, The Way, The Life.' This book [describing "pre-Adamites" before the fall] from my judgement of it is the most important work that I have yet contributed to the Church, the six-volumed Comprehensive History of the Church not omitted. Life at my years and with an incurable ailment is very precarious, and I should dislike very much to pass on without completing and publishing this work. I therefore ask that in any arrangement that may be made for a further hearing, I may be permitted to present my views on Elder Smith's paper in reply to mine, and if the position he has taken can be met successfully, then I think the principal cause of suspending the publication of my work, 'The Truth, The Way, The Life' will be removed.
[Robert's book was not published until the 1990s]
[B. H. Roberts, Letter to the First Presidency, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]