Vol. III. Watertown, Wisconsin, Wednesday, January 9, 1850. No. 30.
Vol. IV. Fond du Lac, Wisc., Friday, February 15, 1850. No. 20.
From the Washington Republic.
The readers of this paper have doubtless noticed, in the congressional proceedings, the presentation in the Senate of a memorial of Wm. Smith and Isaac Sheen, claiming to be the legitimate presidents of the church of Latter Day Saints, and twelve other individuals of that church, charging the members of that community, now settled in the valley of the Salt Lake, with having taken an oath to avenge, on the people and Government of this country, the murder of Joseph Smith, and with a determination now to carry that oath into effect; and further accusing them of grossly immoral conduct, by adopting the doctrine of poligamy, &c.
Vol. IV. Green Bay, Wisconsin, February 21, 1850. No. 26.
POLYGAMY AT THE SALT LAKE. -- The New Orleans Delta publishes a letter from the Salt lake, the capital of the Mormons of Deseret, in which the writer conforms the statement previously made, that, under the Mormon marital law, a man may have as many wives as he can support. He says:
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN PATRIOT.
Vol. IV. Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, Wednesday, April 3, 1850. No. 23.
A CASE FOR THE LAWYERS. -- An Ingenious casuist in the Providence Journal wishes to be informed, supposing it to be true, as charged, that Brigham Young, of Deseret, the Mormon leader, has twenty-six wives, whether the establitsment of this new and peculiar institution of polygamy or Brighamy in Deseret, would entitle Brigham to remove to Massachusetts or Rhode Island with his twenty-six wives? The Journal thinks it is certain that, according to the Calhoun doctrine, he would at least have the right to carry them into any territorial government.
Vol. IV. Green Bay, Wisconsin, Thursday, April 11, 1850. No. 33.
THE SALT LAKE MORMONS. -- In Senate, March 14th, Mr. Underwood presented a petition of the Mormon Church of Latter Dav Saints, together with the twelve apostles. Mr. Underwood said: --
Vol. X. Kenosha, Wisconsin, Friday, June 7, 1850. No. 50.
Vol. V. Milaukee, Wisconsin, Monday, July 1, 1850. No. 370.
MODEST PETITION. -- A petition has leeo presented in Congress signed by James Strang, George J. Adams, and William Marks, known as prominent among the Church of Latter Day Saints, asking "in behalf of the servants of the Living God, the fellow seivants of the martyred Saints, thf consent of Congress that they may settle upon, and forever occupy, all the uninhabited lands of the Islands in Lake Michigan.
Vol. VI. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wednesday, July 3, 1850. No. 30.
MORMON SETTLEMENT. -- Schr. John C. Spencer left our port last evening, for Beaver Island, with seventy passengers and nearly a full cargo for the Mormon Colony at that place. Among their freight is a good printing press and the materials for a weekly paper, which we understand will make its appearance about the first of July, at that place.
Vol. IV. Watertown, Wisconsin, Wednesday, August 28, 1850. No. 11.
THE MORMON COLONY, BEAVER ISLAND. -- We have conversed with a gentleman who has just returned from a visit to Beaver island, at the head of Lake Michigan, upon which the Mormon colony is located, headed by their prophet, Jas. Strang. They number about six hundred, and have a farm on the island, which is cultivated by them. They have also engaged to a limited extent in taking white fish and trout, which constitute their chief means of subsistence.
Vol. I. Watertown, Wisconsin, Monday, October 28, 1850. No. 34.
Beaver Island and the Mormons.
The Beaver Islands, situated at the foot of Lake Michigan, is the present location of the "Peace party" Mormons, (or as they love to call themselves, Latter Day Saints,) under the administration of James J. Strang, whom they claim to be "Joseph Smith's lawful successor in the prophetical office."
Vol. IV. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wednesday, November 6, 1850. No. 24.
Mormonism at the Salt Lake.
A California emigrant, who writes in the St. Louis Intelligencer, in the course of his overland journey, sojourns some days among the Mormons of the Salt Lake. Though evidently imbued with prejudices, he is a keen observer, and writes readily and agreeably of the truly wonderful improvements which the Mormons have built upon their Isle -- if we may so speak of their isolation -- in the Desert. For indomitable industry, the "Latter-Day Saints" will hold a marked place in the world's history. When they were driven from Illinois, starvation seemed inevitable, but three years have elapsed, and they are already as prosperous a community as there is in the whole Union. Such are the fruits of unwearied industry:
Vol. X. Madison, Wisconsin, Thursday, November 7, 1850. No. 52.
AFFECTATION. -- We of the democratic party believe, or affect to believe, that our principles propose the best if not the only means by which the great end of equal rights and free government can be made certain and permanent. -- Madison Democrat.
Vol. V. Green Bay, Wisconsin, Thursday, November 14, 1850. No. 12.
MORMON EMIGRATION AND ARRIVALS. -- The ship North Atlantic sailed from Liverpool on the morning of the 4th of September, carrying three hundred and fifty-seven souls of the Latter-Day Saints, under the presidency of Elder David Sudworth. Their destination is the Great Salt Luke Valley, via New Orleans, St. Louis, and Council Bluffs. The ship James Pennel will sail on the 2d inst. with a full complement of Saints bound for the same destination. Elder Robert Campbell, from the Great Salt Lake City, arrived in the steamship Cambria, Sept. 2d, bringing news from that distant region up to the 20th of April. Several other Elders from the Great Salt Lake City arrived in Liverpool on the 14th ult. Their names are an follows: Appleton Harmon, Claudius V. Spencer, Wm. Burton, John O. Angus, Isaac C. Haight, Jesse W. Crosby, and James Works. --
Vol. XI. Kenosha, Wisconsin, Friday, November 15, 1850. No. 21.
THE MORMONS AT BEAVER ISLAND. -- A Muss. -- Beaver Island, as our readers are aware, is an island in the Western part of Lake Michigan, settled by the "Latter day Saints," under the spiritual, temporal and physical government of Prophet Strang, formerly of Voree, in this State, and Adams, another worthy of the same class, only not quite so much so. Strang's ideas of family obligations, and of the rights of property being quite peculiar, and as he generally carried out his views, as he had opportonitr, some of the brethren became dissatisfied with him, and made choice of Adams, to lead on the revolt. Thereupon, Strang had himself proclaimed "King of the whole earth." Some of the more democratic of the brethren, however, applied to the proper U. S. authorities and the King and prophet was arrested, consigned to the jug in Mackinaw, on complaint for bigamy, theft, treason and other choice crimes. Indictments were found against him and he gave bail to appear.
Vol. ? Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wednesday, November 20, 1850. No. 56.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF THE SAINTS. -- We yesterday had an interesting interview with one of the Saints, fresh from Beaver Island, by the name of R. F. Mills, from whom we gathered many particulars respecting the condition and prospects of this peculiar people. Mr. Strang has been imprisoned four times, but has each time got clear, on some technical informality. When asked if the authorities did not collude with Strang, for the sake of getting the Mormon vote, he said, he guessed there was some wire-pulling. The District Attorney made strenuous efforts to clear him, and the Saints voted the Democratic ticket. Strung has two wives, -- his first, about his own age, say 35, -- his last, married last summer, 17 years old. The Prophet had an eye to the beautiful and sensible, in choosing her.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN PATRIOT.
Vol. V. Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, Wednesday, November 27, 1850. No. 4.
The Mormons at Beaver Island. -- Some squabbling has been going on in this nest of fanatics during the last few weeks. Strang, the prophet, caused himself to be ordained king of the whole earth, to which proceeding his coadjutor Adams took serious exceptions, and finally caused the arrest of Strang, on the charges of treason, bigamy and trespass. Adams succeeded in getting him into prison in Mackinac. He is now at large however on bail. The Disciples are in a state of fermentation. -- Wisconsin.
Vol. V. Green Bay, Wisconsin, Thursday, November 28, 1850. No. 14.
Vol. IV. Watertown, Wisconsin, Wednesday, December 4, 1850. No. 181.
A Prairie Incident.
At a place called Yellow Creek, about half way between Salt Lake and the junction of the Oregon and Calforma roads, we were the unwilling witnesses of an Indian massacre. On the evening previous, we had crossed the creek, and encamped about a mile and a half beyond. Near the Creek some Snake Indians, thirteen in all, had erected their wig-wams. Before dark I had endeavored, but in vain, to trade with the chief for a pony, but 'no swap' was the word though. All the while some one of the party kept exhibiting the good qualities and speed of the different animals. The young squaws excelled their lords in horsemanship, or horsewomanship. One young creature assumed every attitude of the best circus rider. She would pick her whip from the ground under full speed; check her pony in his mad career as if he had been shot; wheel him at full speed by an inclination of her body, throw the lasso successully at whatever object she pleased. She rode like a man, yet,
Vol. VII. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wednesday, December 11, 1850. No. 1.
From our Correspondent at Beaver Island.
Vol. III. Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Friday, June 13, 1851. No. 46.
==> James J. Strang, Chief of the Beaver Island Mormons, is now lying in Detroit Jail, on indictments for obstructing U. S. Mails, and despoiling U. S. Land.
Vol. I. Hudson, St. Croix Co., Wisconsin, June 22, 1854. No. 46.
Defence of Poligamy.
A lady in Utah, wife of a Mormon leader, writes to her sister a long letter, published in the newspapers, defending polygamy by the example of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the holy men mentioned in the Bible. The argument is as ingenious as many others drawn from the same source, and would be conclusive enough for any Turk, whose harem contained not less than two hundred wives. The letter [is] a curiosity, as exhibiting the social relations of the polygamist. The lady says her husband has seven other wives, which is a moderate number for a leader of the faith, as Rigdon [sic - Brigham?], the [high priest] of Mormonism, we believe, has thirty-six.
Vol. II. Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday, November 10, 1855. No. 23.
Joe Smith's Miracles.
Some years ago, a number of orthodox clergymen were ascending the Ohio river on one of the fine boats navigating this stream, and among the passengers was Elder Hyde, of Mormon faith. Of coarse the passengers were treated to several sermons, and on Sunday two discourses were, delivered by two of the most talented of the clergy. Some of the gentlemen on board the boat expressed a wish to learn something of the views of that peculiar people to whom Elder Hyde had attacked himself, and a respectable number joined the request, the Elder consented to preach them a sermon. Every person on board the boat, including that portion of the crew who could leave their stations, were assembled in the cabin, and the curiosity of all was highly excited. The Elder took his station, read a chapter from the Bible, selected a verse as a text, and gave them a regular, old fashioned sermon, differing in none of the essentials from those which preceedod it. However after tea an incident led to the discussion of Mormonism, and the clergymen were expressing their surprise that people could be led astray by such ridiculous nonsense. An Illinoisan, a sober faced man, not before joining in the conversation, here remarked that "the miracles worked by the prophet Smith, were of a character to satisfy the mind of any one of the correctness of the Mormon faith." --
NS Vol. I. Janesville, Wisconsin, June 2, 1857. No. 73.
Mormon Child Stealing Case --
The Van Buren (Ark.) Intelligencer of the 15th, contains the following account of one of the most remarkable instances of desertion, infatuation and crime, terminating in the death of the party most guilty, that we have ever met with:
THE MILWAUKEE SENTINEL.
Vol. ? Milaukee, Wisconsin, Friday, June 5, 1857. No. ?
Mormonism -- An Account of it by a
WILLIAM SMITH, brother of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon sect of fanatics, writes to the N. Y. Tribune, from Warren, Pa., a letter in which he confirms in full the statements made in relation to the intentions of those crazy people, under Brigham Young, to throw off entirely their allegiance to the U. S.
NS Vol. I. Janesville, Wisconsin, June 13, 1857. No. 84.
The Story of a Fanatical and Erring Woman
Van Buren, May 18, 1857.
Vol. IV. Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday, October 31, 1857. No. ?
More Mormon Disclosures.
Vol. V. Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, Thurs., November 12, 1857. No. 51.
Later from Utah.
Late advices from Utah, says that a large force of Mormon militia under Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, were preparing for a six weeks' campaign in the mountains to the eastward, and thus to stop, if possible, the passage of the United States troops. Although the positive distination was a secret known only to the leaders of the church, yet it was generally supposed that at the pass in the mountains near Bear rover cut-off, or at Steeple Rocks, the stand would be made by the Salt Lake forces, with an almost certainty of 'wiping out' the entire force sent against them. We pray that an encounter may take place, and the troops get worsted, in order that a just feeling of indignation may be aroused against the hordes of licentious traitors and murderers, who claim Brigham Young as their prophet; we trust he will soon meet the fate of Joe Smith, only instead of dying by a bullet, a rope will finish his existence and rid the earth of a scoundrel of the deepest dye.
Vol. VI. Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, Thurs., February 18, 1858. No. 13.
Joe Smith's Family in Nauvoo.
A correspondent of the Missouri Republican writes that last summer he was at Nauvoo and convered with Mr. Bitoman, who is married to Joe Smith's widow. He says:
Vol. VII. Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, Thurs., October 13, 1859. No. 46.
BEAUTIFUL! FEATURES ON MORMON POLYGAMY -- A Camp Floyd correspondent of the Boston Traveller, says that polygamy stalks abroad in [full view] of Judges of the U. S. Courts and the army. The young women of the territory are daily being married to grey-headed old men, that have already six, ten and twelve wives each, and a score or two of children. Your correspondent a short time since dined with a Mormon family in the vicinity of Springville, where there were seventeen children under the age of four years, the family consisted of ten wives, three of the number were sisters and nieces of the husband, a fourth niece, only thirteen years of age, openly boasted that she shortly was going to marry the same old blue beard.
Vol. VIII. Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, Thurs., December 22, 1859. No. 4.
L. E. Johnson, the landlord of the Prairie Hotel, was accidently drowned night before last. He was in a sleigh with others, when it went through an air-hole in the ice of the Mississippi.
Vol. VIII. Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, Thurs., March 8, 1860. No. 14.
Found the body of E. L. [sic] Johnson the late proprietor of the Prairie Hotel, who was drowned by breaking through the ice last winter, has been recovered."
Vol. VIII. Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, Thurs., April 12, 1860. No. 20.
The number of Mormons in Utah is put down at 38,000. Of these 4,672 men have 26,500 wives...
Vol. ? Madison, Wisconsin, Friday, June 22, 1860. No. ?
The Mormon Conference at Council Bluffs.
A correspondent of the Burlington Hawk-eye, writing from Council Bluffs, under date of June 2d, says:
Vol. VIII. Janesville, Wisconsin, Monday, November 14, 1864. No. 220.
ANTI-POLYGAMOUS MORMONS IN CALIFORNIA. -- There is in California a colony of Mormons who rejected polygamy. They have just held a meeting in San Francisco under the title of the "Conference of the reorganized church of latter-day saints." The San Francisco Bulletin says that their numbers in California and Nevada are as follows: Members, 357 ; elders, 48; priests, 11; teachers, 2; children blessed during the year, 100; baptisms 36; cut off, 1. Their highest membership is in San Bernardino -- 168, Petaluma, and Sacramento branches next -- 35 and 33.
Vol. XX. Janesville, Wisconsin, June 8, 1865. No. 42.
A DIVISION IN THE MORMON CHURCH.
Vol. ? Black River Falls, Wisconson, February 10, 1869. No. ?
James O'Neill's arrival on Black River
Jacob Spaulding Alone in his Glory and Compelled to Hunt for a Living --
...Shortly after that the Woods concluded between themselves that Spaulding was one too many [partners], and ejected him ???, and by seeing that there was a too heavy force force against him to contend successfully against, wended his way down to Prairie du Chien, where he prepared legal process and returned with the Sheriff, who placed him again in possession as joint tenant. Crawford County, at that date, embraces about all of the Northwestern portion of the State....
Vol. ? Black River Falls, Wisconson, February 13, 1869. No. ?
The Mormons Swear Vengeance on the Gentiles
Mr. Spaulding applies to U. S. forces at Fort Crawford for assistance in case of an attack from the Mormons -- A Transfer of "Falls" Property -- Paul Knight -- Death of Joe Smith -- Spaulding makes a Purchase of the Mormons -- "Uncle John" Lewis.
... As soon as the chief Mormon at Nichols' heard of the facts connected with the retreat of the Saints from Spaulding's Claim, he vowed that the Gentiles should leave the river, and at once sent a messenger post haste to Nauvoo, for sixty men and one hundred muskets.
THE MILWAUKEE SENTINEL.
Vol. XXX. Milwaukee, Wisconson, Tuesday, January 7, 1873. No. 6.
Death of the Man Who Copied
The death of Sidney Rigdon, one of associates in the establishment of Mormonism, is announced. He was born in St. Clair township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, February 19, 1793. "The Book of Mormon," which Smith pretends to have discovered through a Divine revelation, was claimed immediately after its publication as the work of Rev. Solomon Spalding, written by him during a residence in Ohio in 1810-11-12. Mr. Spalding's widow, in a statement published in Boston in 1839, declared that in 1812 the manuscript was placed in a printing office in Pittsburgh with which Sidney Rigdon was connected. Rigdon, she charged, copied the manuscript, and the fact of his having made such a copy was known to many persons in the office. Subsequently the original manuscript was returned to Mr. Spalding, who died in 1816, leaving it in the possession of his widow, by whom it was preserved until after the publication of "The Book of Mormon," when she sent it to Conneaut, where it was publicly compared with Joe Smith's pretended revelation. Soon after getting possession of his copy, Rigdon quitted the printing office and began preaching certain new doctrines peculiar to himself, and very similar to those afterward incorporated in "The Book of Mormon." He did not make much progress, however, until 1829, when he became acquainted with Joe Smith. It is asserted that Smith obtained a copy of Spalding's manuscript through Rigdon's agency, and that he read it from behind the blanket to his amanuensis, Oliver Cowdery, making such additions and alterations as suited the purposes of Rigdon and himself. Immediately after the publication of "The Book of Mormon," the fraud was detected, and the true nature of the work made known by Mr. Spalding's widow and many of his relatives and friends. In spite of this disclosure, however, Smith and Rigdon had the impudence to stick to the story of the revelation, and succeeded in getting converts to the new religion. At first they had rather hazy ideas as to the nature and design of the church they were about to establish, and were rather inclined to teach that the millennium was close at hand; that the Indians were to be speedily converted; and that America was to be the final gathering place of the Saints, who were to assemble at New Zion or New Jerusalem, somewhere in the interior of the continent. They soon managed to surround themselves with enough converts to constitute the Mormon Church, which was first regularly organized at Manchester, N. Y., April 6, 1830. Smith, directed by a revelation, led the whole body of believers to Kirtland, Ohio, in January, 1831. Here converts were rapidly made, and a wider field being necessary, Smith and Rigdon went out in search of a suitable locality upon which to establish themselves. They fixed upon Independence, Jackson county, Mo., and Smith dedicated a site for a new temple. Rigdon continued to act with Smith, and to follow all the fortunes and misfortunes of the Mormon Church until the death of the prophet, when he aspired to be his successor. Upon Brigham Young, however, descended the mantle of Joe Smith, and Rigdon becoming contumacious, was cut off from the communion of the faithful, was cursed, and was solemnly delivered over to the devil, "to be buffeted in the flesh for a thousand years." This ended Rigdon's connection with Mormonism; and after being driven out of the church which he did so much to found, he fell out of public notice and was heard of no more.
Vol. ? Milwaukee, Wisconson, Monday, May 17, 1875. No. 117.
The Mantle of Brigham Young.
Sidney Rigdon reigned for a brief period after Jo Smith's death, when he was suspended by Brigham Young, then fourth in power, and finally expelled from the church and "delivered over to the buffetings of Satan." Rigdon now lives at his old home, in Alleghany county New York. Rigdon was the inventor of the Mormon scheme, and, by right, the mantle of his co-conspirator should have fallen on him. Cowdery, who transcribed the tablets, was also expelled for being too ambitious, and retired in virtuous indignation to his former home, near Kirtland. William Smith, the only surviving brother of Joseph, made an effort to assume the Mormon toga, and his religious head was cut off. Joseph Smith, the oldest of four legitimate sons of the prophet, claimed to succeed his father as head of the church, and he met the same fate. Young Joseph was, at last accounts, living near Nauvoo, with his mother, and still claims his inheritance. He is not a polygamist and denies the genuineness of that "revelation" to his father. In view of Brigham Young's exterme age, 74, and failing health, his successor to the presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is looked forward to with much interest -- several factions claiming the same by divine inheritance, and in this probable contention, let us hope that the fabric of the "Mormon Empire," based on fraud and superstition, and founded by scheming impostors, may crumble to atoms and thus be the means of its own downfall.
Vol. ? Portage, Wisconson, Saturday, April 21, 1877. No. 8.
ABOUT THE MORMONS.
The execution of Bishop John D. Lee in Utah for the Mountain Meadow Massacre of twenty years ago has again revived in the public mind the past history of the strange sect known as Latter Day Saints. The writer of this reminiscence was in Nauvoo in July, 1844, a few days after Joe Smith and his brother hiram had been shot by a disguised mob at the county jail at Warsaw. Nauvoo was at the head of the lower rapids. In those days it will be remembered that it sometimes required a day or two or more for a steamboat to ascend those rapids. The freight would be transferred on two keel boats, lashed to each side of the steamer, a long rope and an anchor would be thrown out, say 100 yards above the boat, the capstan would turn and groan, the puff of steam, and the desperate and fitful revolutions of the paddle wheels, the occasional bumping and thumping on the rocks, all showed the difficulty and peril of the navigation. It was like that of the old Argonauts. The struggling boat would seem to agonize and perspire. The passengers sympathized with the noble vessel , exerting herself like a Pennsylvania draft horse that would prefer to die rather than not move its load. The writer had an opportunity while the brave boat was holding on to anchor rope and gaining foot by foot, to spend a day or two in Nauvoo.
Vol. ? Milwaukee, Wisconson, Saturday, September 1, 1877. No. 208.
THE FUTURE OF MORMONISM.
It is a marvel beyond comprehension that in the light that shines upon the world in this nineteenth century, a sect should have been founded and attained the proportions of the Mormon church upon so flagrant a fraud as that concocted by Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. Smith's story was that an angel had placed in his hands a number of gold plates upon which was written a record of the ancient inhabitants of America, and at the same time gave him a pair of miraculous spectacles with the aid of which he was able to read the hieroglyphics inscribed on the plates, and that he read them off to Oliver Cowdery, who wrote them down.
Vol. ? Baraboo, Wisconson, September 12, 1877. No. ?
The Book of Mormon.
It is a marvel beyond comprehension that in the light that shines upon the world in this nineteenth century, a sect should have been founded and attained the proportions of the Mormon church upon so flagrant a fraud as that concocted by Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. Smith's story was that an angel had placed in his hands a number of gold plates upon which was written a record of the ancient inhabitants of America, and at the same time gave him a pair of miraculous spectacles with the aid of which he was able to read the hieroglyphics inscribed on the plates, and that he read them off to Oliver Cowdery, who wrote them down. This is Smith's account of the origin of the Book of Mormon. It was at first certified to by Oliver Cowdery and two others. All three of them, however, before they died, confessed that their testimony in corroboration of Smith's story was false. The fact is now fully attested that the Mormon Bible was written by one Solomon Spalding, a retired clergyman, and was a romance written in the style of the bible and founded upon a theory then much mooted that the American Indians were descended from the lost tribes of Israel. Spalding sent his manuscript to a printing office in Pittsburg where Sidney Rigdon was employed. Rigdon copied it, and he and Smith jointly conceived and carried out the idea of making it the bible of a new sect. Spalding died before Smith published the Book of Mormon; but his widow remembered it fully, as did a number of persons to whom the author had read it.
Vol. ? Albert Lea, Minn., April 22, 1880. No. 17
It is a cardinal point in Mormon, as in other theologies, that without repentance there is no remission of sin. In the Book of Mormon, the argument is that if mercy were allowed to rob justice, and to pardon the sinner without repentance. "God would cease to be God." This doctrine is plainly stated in the Book of Mormon, page 322.
Vol. XXVII. Albert Lea, Minn., October 8, 1884. No. 41.
THE BOOK OF MORMON.
How many people know anything about the origin of the Mormon religion, or rather, of the Book of Mormon, which is its authority? I knew precious little about it until this week, when I accidently fell in with Mr. Clark Braden, who has recently given the subject a most searching investigation. His story shows of what stuff a religion may be made. The Mormons number probably 300,000. They are divided into many sects, but the principal are the polygamous Brighamites in Utah and the non-polygamous Josephites scattered in various places. The story may be given in a few words. The Book of Mormon was written by an old broken down Presbyterian clergyman named Solomon Spaulding. Spaulding was born in Connecticut in 1761. He graduated at Dartmouth college, and settled as minister for a Congregational church. He made a [bad] failure at preaching, and went into business with his brother in New York state, did not succeed, and started up an iron foundry in a town in northern Ohio. He soon failed in that venture and became very much discouraged. His wife supported the family by taking boarders, and he spent his time writing, though what did not then appear. He afterwards rewrote the entire book, adding a third part. This is the origin of the manuscript.