This is just a little historical thing that I have been curious about and I thought that the collective knowledge that gathers here could produce a definitive answer:
In Lecture 19 of The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James discusses Joseph Smith’s revelations as an example of of “sensorial,” as opposed to “motor,” revelation. Then, in a footnote, James writes:
“The Mormon theocracy has always been governed by direct revelations accorded to the President of the Church and its Apostles. From an obliging letter written to me in 1899 by an eminent Mormon, I quote the following extract: ‘It may be very interesting for you to know that the President [Mr. Snow] of the Mormon Church claims to have had a number of revelations very recently from heaven. To explain fully what these revelations are, it is necessary to know that we, as a people, believe that the Church of Jesus Christ has again been established through messengers sent from heaven. This Church has at its head a prophet, seer, and revelator, who gives to man God’s holy will. Revelation is the means through which the will of God is declared directly and in fullness to man. These revelations are got through dreams of sleep or in waking visions of the mind, by voices without visional appearance or by actual manifestations of the Holy Presence before the eye. We believe that God has come in person and spoken to our prophet and revelator.’
My question is, Who is this “eminent” Mormon correspondent? I suspect it was B.H. Roberts, but does anyone know for sure?