Lucy Mack Smith shows papyri; says JS used hat to translate papyrus.

Oct 3, 1846
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Friends’ Weekly Intelligencer 3, no. 27 (October 3, 1846): 211

Friends' Weekly Intelligencer
Unknown, Joseph Smith, Jr., Lucy Mack Smith
Quakers, Reading Public

After we had obtained all the information we could at the Temple, we visited the Mother of the Prophet, (a respectable looking old lady) who has four Mummies for exhibition, who (she says) were a King and Queen, and their Son and Daughter, and gives the names of each. She produced a black looking roll (which she told us was papyrus) found upon the breast of the King, part of which the Prophet had unrolled and read; and she had pasted the deciphered sheets on the leaves of a book which she showed us. The roll was as dark as the bones of the Mummies, and bore very much the same appearance; but the opened sheets were exceedingly like thin parchment, and of quite a light color. There were birds, fishes, and fantastic looking people, interspersed amidst hyeroglyphics; but the old lady explained the meaning of them all, as Joseph had interpreted them to her.

The stories appeared to be more particular accounts than our Bible gives us, of Noah, the Ark and the flood—of Abraham and Melchizedec—of Joseph and Pharaoh—and of various other distinguished characters. She said, that when Joseph was reading the papyrus, he closed his eyes, and held a hat over his face, and that the revelation came to him; and that where the papyrus was torn, he could read the parts that were destroyed equally as well as those that were there; and that scribes sat by him writing, as he expounded. She showed us a large book where these things were printed, which of course sealed their truth to Mormon eyes and minds; but we had not time to read them.

BHR Staff Commentary

A seer stone is not explicitly mentioned, but the mechanics of Joseph placing his face in a hat to receive revelation is accompanied by a seer stone in other witness statements over the years. It is more than likely that this too implies the use of a seer stone.

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