Date: October 06, 2017 07:00PM
American spiritualism, the interest in contacting the dead through mediums, took off in the mid 19th century, but had earlier roots (Mormonism is listed as one of the same branches, http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/2000/06/american-spiritualism.aspx
). Channeled works supposedly from dead authors (but of an inferior quality, i.e., by spirits masquerading as great authors) were among its products. If Joseph Smith was in some way phlegmatic (susceptible as a medium), that would explain visions, oracular pronouncements, and channeled, maybe even automatic writing--errors and all.