"Yet men of high standing would take notice sufficient to excite the public mind against me, and create a bitter persecution; and this was common among all the sects--all united to persecute me."
"Importance to attract the attention of the great ones of the most popular sects of the day."
The Palmyra Register was a newspaper from 1817 to 1821. There is no reference at all to a young boy who claimed to see a vision or any reaction by the preachers or people of the town. At the time the population of Palmyra was less than 4000.
There is no doubt that LDS Historians have scoured every Newspaper from every city in New York looking for proof. (Wayne County Newspaper History)
The problem with beginning a religion in the 1820's is that the historical record is enormous.... and there is nothing to back Smith story....not a single letter, article or journal entry.
Full text of Joseph Smith History verses 21 - 25