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does "crudely" here means that it was written "unskillfully" or not?

There is one factor which has been scarcely touched upon in this examination. It is the character and career of Mrs. Fish, afterwards Mrs. Underhill, who as Leah, the elder sister, plays so prominent a part in the matter. We know her chiefly by her book, " The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism" (Knox & Co., New York, 1885). This book was written by a friend, but the facts and documents were provided by Mrs. Underhill, who checked the whole narrative. It is simply and even crudely put together, and the Spiritualist is bound to conclude that the entities with whom the Fox circle were at first in contact were not always of the highest order. Perhaps on another plane, as on this, it is the plebeians and the lowly who carry out spiritual pioneer work in their own rough way and open the path for other and more refined agencies.

from http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0301051h.html

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    Merriam Webster: crude: marked by the primitive, gross, or elemental or by uncultivated simplicity or vulgarity – Lambie Mar 30 at 14:28
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In context, it does not necessarily mean that the book was written poorly. What it certainly means is that the substance written about is not "refined," meaning neither sufficiently genteel nor sufficiently intellectual. In addition, it may, and probably does, mean that the book itself is not well written, but that cannot be determined definitively by this quotation.

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