James Henry Moyle reports that David Whitmer consistently described the spot in the woods where he saw the angel and plates, and that he handled the plates.

Mar 22, 1908
Speech / Court Transcript
James H. Moyle
2nd Hand

James Henry Moyle, “Address by Elder James H. Moyle before the Ensign Stake Conference, in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Sunday, March 22, 1908,” in Dan Vogel, comp. Early Mormon Documents, (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2003): 5:142

Signature Books
David Whitmer, James H. Moyle
Reading Public

I inquired of those whom I met: What kind of man is David Whitmer? From all I received the same response, that he was a good citizen, an honest man, and that he was highly respected in the community. . . .

I wanted to know from him . . . what he knew about the Book of Mormon, and what about the testimony he had published to the world concerning it. He told me in all the solemnity of his advanced years, that the testimony he had given to the world, and which was published in the Book of Mormon, was true, every word of it, and that he had never deviated or departed from any particular from that testimony, and that nothing in the world could separate him from the sacred message that was delivered to him. I still wondered if it was no possible that he could have been deceived. I wondered if there was not something in that psychological operation which some offer as the cause of these miraculous declarations and by which he could have been deceived . . . so I induced him to relate to me, under such cross-examination as I was able to interpose every detail of what took place. He described minutely the spot in the woods, the large log that separated him from the angel, and that he saw the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated, that he handled them [this may be in error, given that the contemporaneous record says otherwise], and that he did hear the voice of God declare that the plates were correctly translated. I asked him if there was any possibility for him to have been deceived, and that it was all a mistake, but he said, "No."

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