Quotes from David Whitmer:
"Poor Joseph! He was blinded and became ensnared by proud, ambitious men"
"Pure friendship always becomes weakened the very moment you undertake to make it stronger by penal oaths and secrecy."
"Is it possible that the minds of men can be so blinded as to believe that God would give these revelations...and then afterwards command them to change and add to them some words which change the meaning entirely?"
"Is it possible that a man who pretends to any spirituality would believe that God would work in any such manner?"
"Brethren--is it possible that you can believe that God would do this?"
"The majority of the members--poor weak souls--thought that any thing Bro. Joseph would do must be all right: And so in their blindness of heart, trusting in an arm of flesh, they looked over it and were led into error..."
"..be sure that you are not trusting in an arm of flesh."