Genuine Translation

Church Educational System
Early in the process of translating the Book of Mormon, Martin Harris desired proof that the translation Joseph Smith was making was genuine. Martin Harris obtained permission to carry a copy of a few of the characters from the plates, not the book itself, together with their translation to some learned men in New York. For an account of what happened read Joseph Smith—History 1:63–65.

Book of Mormon Student Manual (1996 Edition)