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“I was present with a number at or near Kinderhook, and helped to dig at the time the plates were found … I washed and cleaned the plates and subsequently made an honest affidavit to the same.

“But since that time, Bridge Whitten said to me that he cut and prepared the plates and he (B. Whitten) and R. Wiley engraved them themselves…

“Wilbourn Fugit appeared to be chief, with R. Wiley and B. Whitten.”

W.P. Harris – 25 April 1855, in James D. Bales’ The Book of Mormon? (Fort Worth 14, TX: The Manney Company, 1958), 95-96.