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“I received your letter in regard to those plates, and will say in answer that they are a humbug, gotten up by Robert Wiley, Bridge Whitten and myself… We read in Pratt’s prophecy that “Truth is yet to spring out of the earth.” We concluded to prove the prophecy by way of a joke.”

~W. Fugate, as quoted in Welby W. Ricks, The Kinderhook Plates; reprinted in The Improvement Era – September 1962~