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“The mode of procedure consisted in Joseph’s [Smith, Jr.] placing the Seer Stone in the crown of a hat, then putting his face into the hat, so as to entirely cover his face, resting his elbows upon his knees, and then dictating, word after word, while the scribe — Emma [Smith], John Whitmer, O[liver]. Cowdery, or some other, wrote it down.”

~William W. Blair, Herald – 22 May 1879, “Letter to Editors;” see also Saints’ Herald 26:190-191; 15 June 1879~