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“It was illegal at the time to pretend ‘to tell fortunes, or to discover where lost good may be found.’ Joseph Knight’s recollection that [Joseph] Smith ‘looked in his glass‘ to find the right person to bring with him to the hill would elicit memories of the glass-looking charge Joseph Smith was convicted of in 1826. Smith was learning from bitter experience that not everyone shared his enthusiasm for the supernatural.”

~Rodger I. Anderson, Joseph Smith’s New York Reputation Reexamined, page 47; 1990~