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Vol. 3. Fayetteville, NY, April 2, 1840. No. 36.
The Mormons. -- This sect have in ten years increased from six individuals to nearly twenty thousand. In Hancock, McDonough, and Adams counties, Ill., they have increased rapidly since last fall, several influential families having joined them. They have purchased a tract of land on the Mississippi, at the head of the Des Moines Rapids, comprising about 20,000 acres. They have commenced the publication of a paper called The Times and Seasons. They call the town Nauvoo. They denominate their church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Their twelve apostles have recently gone on a mission to England.
Vol. XIII. Monticello, Sullivan Co., N.Y., June 4, 1840. No. 5.
(Published by request.)
To the Editor of the New Era:
Vol. VIII. Auburn, NY, July 22, 1840. No. 11.
MORMONS. -- The Mormons are again collecting and building up a town at a place they call Nauvoo, in Illinois. 300 houses have gone up since October last.
Vol. VIII. Auburn, NY, August 2, 1840. No. 14.
MORMONS LYNCHED. -- The Quincy Whig of the 18th states that the citizons of Tully, Mo., have recently missed several articles, and laid the theft to the Mormons living at Nauvoo, Ill., immediately opposite. At length a number of the citizens of Tully crossed the river, in the vicinity of the Mormon settlements, where, after some searching, they found several of the stolen articles. Shortly after, falling in with a party of three or four Mormons, they were charged with the theft and forcibly taken across the river and severely lynched. One of them escaped, and running to the river, seized a canoe and reached the other shore where he fell exhausted. --
Vol. VIII. Auburn, NY, November 18, 1840. No. 28.
MORMON CONFERENCE. -- . -- This people held a conference at Nauvoo on Saturday last, which continued three days. It is estimated that there was not far from three thousand in attendance. A gentleman who was present, speaks in the highest terms of the appearance of the immense assemblage, and the good order which prevailed. The mild and humane laws of our State, and the tolerating and liberal principles which abound among our people, are having their just and proper effect upon this people. Their Society is not only increasing in numbers, but individually their condition is greatly improved, surrounded as they are by the gifts of an over-ruling power. We learn that they are expecting a large accession to their numbers in a short time from England -- one of their preachers, a Mr. Turley, having met with distinguished success in that country.
Vol. X. Skaneateles, N. Y., Friday, April 30, 1841. No. 47.
The Mormons. -- The Corner Stone of the great Mormon Temple (that is to be), Nauvoo; Illinois, was laid on the 6th inst. in presence of seven or eight thousand persons, and the Nauvoo Military Legion, consisting of six hundred and fifty men. The Warsaw (Ill.) World, says: "Mr. Rigdon officiated at the laying of the chief comer stone, and addressed the assembly in a very energetic manner in a speech of about an hour's length. On the whole, the exercises passed off with the utmost order, without accident or the slightest disturbance. Gen. Bennett commanded the Legion, under the direction of the Prophet, and acquitted himself in a truly officer-like manner.
Vol. ? Utica, N. Y., Tuesday, May 25, 1841. No. ?
MORMON MIRACLE. -- The St. Louis New Era says a report was in circulation there that the Prophet Smith, and S. Rigdon, lately took a ride together from the city of Nauvoo; that Smith returned without Rigdon, and that, when asked what had become of him, he replied that he had been translated to Heaven.
Vol. XII. Albany, N.Y., June 22, 1841. No. 3515.
THE MORMONS IN MORE TROUBLE.
ARREST OF JOE SMITH. -- By letters from the Mormon city, it appears that the "Saints" have become involved in nearly as much difficulty with their new neighbors in Illinois, as they formerly encountered in Missouri, and that excitement against them is increasing very fast. It seems that by authority of a vision lately had by Joe Smith, they have squatted on a large tract of land on the opposite side of the Mississippi; and the proceeding is likely to lead to serious disturbance.
Vol. XII. Albany, N.Y., June 29, 1841. No. 35??.
(From the Rochester Democrat.)
Vol. IX. Auburn, NY, June 30, 1841. No. 8.
THE MORMONS -- ARREST OF JO SMITH. -- By the annexed extract of a private letter from a highly respectable gentleman residing near the Mormon City, (Nauvoo,) it appears that the scenes which a few months since were enacted in Missouri, are in danger of being repeated in Iowa. There is a tract of 120,000 acres of beautiful land lying directly opposite the Mormon settlement on the Mississippi River. This Tract was given to the half breeds of the Sac and Fox nations by the United States, and has been purchased from them by the whites. Proceedings have been had in the Equity Court of Iowa to partition these lands, and Commissioners appointed by the Court to survey and divide them among the lawful claimants. Some months since, the title being then unsettled, Jo Smith received a revelation from God to the effect that the Latter Day Saints should go in and possess this fair land, and enjoy the fruits thereof. -- Accordingly there are said to be now about 2000 of these people residing on said lands, who claim by the highest possible title, -- a title direct from the Creator; and they seem determined to set all human decrees at defiance. In addition to despoiling the lands of much valuable timber, they now forbid the Commissioners and Surveyors, on pain of death, to attempt a survey and partition. The arrest of their leader, it is to be hoped, will prevent the execution of their threat.
Vol. IX. Auburn, NY, December 22, 1841. No. 33.
THE MORMONS. -- The success of the Mormons is one of the most astonishing features of the age, and is beginning to excite a very deep interest in their movements. We find some interesting facts in relation to them in the Journal of Commerce, from which it appears that their numbers reach already one hundred thousand persons, and as many more in Europe. -- Many of them are men of intelligence, who have stood high in the Christian church. Their members are increasing by the addition of men of property, who join their wealth to the common stock. They have acquired so much political importance as to procure of the Legislature of Illinois an act of incorporation, authorizing the Mormons to maintain a standing army of a thousand men. Smith and Rigdon have ordained twelve Apostles, who have been anointed for their work by a sight of the golden plates. They adopt the whole of the Bible, and claim that they have an additional revelation, which was communicated to Joe Smith on the golden plates. This pretended revelation, is said to be -- and there is good reason to believe the report true -- the production of a deceased clergyman, who wrote it as an amusement during hours of sickness, the manuscript of which was stolen from the printer's office. With all the boasted intelligence of the day, people are as ready to follow strange delusions as much as they ever were in the most superstitious periods of the world's history.
Vol. X. Auburn, NY, July 27, 1842. No. 12.
THE MORMONS AT NAUVOO, are getting cleverly by the ears -- most of the leading officers have commenced calling each other all the hard names that can be thought of. If one half of the things charged, turn out to be true, it must be that this settlement comprises about as hard a set of rascals as ever walked under the garb of sanctity.
UTICA DAILY GAZETTE.
Vol. I. Utica, N. Y., Wed., July 27, 1842. No. 149.
The last Warsaw (Ill.) Signal contains the following:
The Utica [ ] Observer.
Vol. XXVI. Utica, N.Y., Tues., August 9, 1842. No. 1334.
It is stated in the Sangamo Journal of the 22d ult., that a speech was made by Joe Smith, in front of tbe Mormon Temple at Nauvoo on the previous Thursday, in relation to Bennett, Mr. Pratt, and others, in which he "swore like a pirate, used the most obscene language, and appeared to be greatly excited." Joe is said to be laboring hard to make up the breacb with Rigdon, Pratt, and others, by offering special favors, but without success it would seem, from a Statement in the Warsaw Signal.
Vol. X. Auburn, N.Y., August 10, 1842. No. 14.
MORMONISM. -- We copy the following from the Alton Telegraph of the 23d ult.: --
Vol. ? Albany, N.Y., Sat., December 3, 1842. No. ?.
MORMONISM -- JOE SMITH. -- The Burlington Hawk-Eye of the 3d says: Joe Smith 'preached' at Nauvoo last Monday to an immense concourse of the 'brethren.' He said in one of his late discourses that Gov. Carlin was afraid that he (Smith) wanted to be Governor, but no fears need be entertained on that point, as he considered himself even now as in a better situation than he would he if be was Governor or President, being Lieut. General for time, and Prophet for eternity, either of which he considered preferable to being Governor or President. He also said if there were any who did not believe in him, 'and,' to use his own expression, 'go to hell and be damned.'
Vol. XI. Auburn, NY, July 19, 1843. No. 11.
MORMONISM. -- The editor of the Burlington (Iowa) Advertiser says, that on the 21st. he paid a flying visit to the city of Nauvoo, and he gives a very flattering account of its prosperity. We hold Mormonism in as great contempt as it can possibly be considered by any one, yet we believe in many things they are a very much traduced and injured people. Their honesty and their possession of the social virtues we believe equal to that of the same number of people any where, in the same rank of life. In Missouri, where they were surrounded by enemies anxious to avail themselves of the slightest ground to harass them and force them from the State by the operations of its criminal code, it was found impossible, if we are not misinformed, to convict any one of them during their residence there of any criminal violations of law. Indeed we doubt whether previous to the attempt at their forcible ejectment from the State, there was even a bill of indictment found against any one of them, although no Mormon ever sat upon a grand or petit jury, and the administration of the laws was wholly in the hands of their bitter enemies. The history of the persecutions and sufferings of this people in Missouri, could it be faithfully and truly written, would exhibit a degree of cruelty and fiendish barbarity unsurpassed by that of any previous age. The editor says: -- (N. Y. Cour.)
Vol. XI. Auburn, NY, September 6, 1843. No. 18.
PROSPECT OF ANOTHER MORMON WAR. -- The St. Louis New Era of the 16th ult. says: -- "We learn by a gentleman from Warsaw, that a meeting of the citizens of Hancock county to be held at Carthage was called for to-day, to taje into consideration their relations with the Mormons. It is said that a good deal of excitement exists against them, and apprehensions of a serious riot and outbreak were entertained. The people of the section of the State are as heartily tired of the Mormons as ever the citizens of Missouri were, but they have suffered them to obtain so strong a foothold that no power can exist which can deprive them of their position, or induce them to abandon their present resistance."
Vol. XI. Auburn, NY, September 13, 1843. No. 19.
BENNETT, the late Mormon general and mayor of the holy city of Nauvoo, in disclosing the revelations of the "prophet" Smith, winds up one of his chapters with the following morceau:
Vol. XI. Auburn, NY, November 22, 1843. No. 29.
MORMONS. -- About 150 Mormons arrived at St. Louis on the 26th ult., from Nauvoo, and left the next day for New Orleans -- probably on their return to England, from whence most of them came, having become disgusted with Joe Smith and his wicked delusions. --
Vol. XI. Auburn, NY, November 29, 1843. No. 30.
MORMONISM. -- This superstition has found many converts in our vicinity. Large numbers have been baptized into the Mormon faith and considerable sums of money have been obtained from them. Within a few days several mechanics, men of reputable character, belonging to this city, have taken their families, amounting altogether to twenty or thirty individuals on the route to Nauvoo, having previously disposed of their property here. -- Salem Gazette.
Vol. XIV. Skaneateles, N. Y., Thursday, July 18, 1844. No. 7.
FROM NAUVOO. -- By accounts received since our last, it appears that Jo and Hiram Smith were actually murdered. After Gov. Ford left, a mob, with faces blackened and disguised, overpowered the guard, broke into the jail, and killed these men by shooting' and stabbing them; and there is no evidence" that the prisoners had any arms, or in any way offered much resistance. They had voluntarily surrendered, on tbe demand of the Governor, and were entitled to a fair and legal trial. On receiving the news of the fall of their prophet, the Mormons did not, as was apprehended, seek to avenge his death, but remained perfectly quiet, and determined to use no violence except in self-defence. It is intimated that Sidney Rigdon will succeed Jo Smith in ofice. He is said to be a shrewd, crafty man, originally from this county, and of great influence with the Mormons.
AND SYRACUSE WEEKLY ADVERTISER.
Vol. III. Syracuse, NY, July 20, 1844. No. 27.
Mormon Anecdotes, No. 1.
At the request of several individuals, we this week commence giving a few brief anecdotes of the sayings and doings of Mormons, illustrative of the astonishing credulity of the people in becoming the dupes of their juggling and necromancy.
Vol. III. Binghampton, NY, July 20, 1844. No. 1.
Death of the Mormon Prophet.
The notorious Joe Smith, and his brother Hyrum, have both come to a violent death at last. Perhaps no individual in our country has ever succeeded in carrying out so reckless, profligate, and vile a system of imposition and vice as this same Joe Smith. Tyranny, licentiousness, discord, and contention with the civil authorities, have marked his progress from the beginning to the end. The immediate cause of his unhappy fate was as follows: -- A number of his followers having become disgusted with his horrid vices, and tired of his tyranny, had established a paper, called the Expositor, at Nauvoo, which boldly exposed some of the shameless vices of the self-styled prophet. For this cause Smith, whose power seemed to be absolute among his followers, caused the press to be seized and publicly destroyed in the streets. So great an outrage, and so direct against the freedom of the press, justly roused the indignation of the whole surrounding population. The civil authority of the State was appealed to, and, after some difficulty, Joe Smith and his brother, and two or three others, were surrendered into the hands of the civil officers, and lodged in the Carthage jail. Gov. Ford, accompanied by an armed posse of some 120 men, took possession of the arms of the Mormon Legion, and stationed a guard of seven soldiers around the jail containing the prisoners. Soon after, it is stated that a company of sixty or seventy armed men, in disguise, rushed upon the guard and entered the jail. On receiving some resistance from the prisoners, they fired upon them, and Joe, while in the act of escaping from the window, fell, pierced by several balls; his brother was shot at the same time, and the bodies of both have been taken back to Nauvoo and buried. Another story says that the rush into the jail was caused by the attempt of some Mormons to force their way through the guard for the purpose of aiding the prisoners to escape. Great excitement prevailed in the surrounding country through fear that the Mormons would retaliate, by taking vengeance on the surrounding villages. And it would seem that equal fear existed among the Mormons lest they should be attacked by the militia, who were hastily assembling at Carthage to resist any attack that might be made by the Mormons. -- Thus has ended one of the most atrocious villains that ever disgraced a civilized community -- and we would to heaven that it ended also the delusion of his followers. But we have very little hope of this; for while human credulity lasts, that credulity will have a leader. The world has no cause to regret that the Mormon Prophet is dead; but we must deeply regret that his death was caused by violent and unlawful means.
AND SYRACUSE WEEKLY ADVERTISER.
Vol. III. Syracuse, NY, July 27, 1844. No. 28.
From the Freeman.
It is very common for Mormons in working miracles to practice in the following manner:--
Vol. I. Baldwinsville, NY, July 27, 1844. No. 33.
The Mormon Temple. -- One of the editors of the St. Louis Reveille, having lately visited Nauvoo, thus speaks of the new Mormon Temple:
Vol. 16. Syracuse, NY, Aug. 14, 1844. No. 33.
AN HOUR AT NAUVOO -- MORMON EXCITEMENT, &c.
Nauvoo (says one of the editors of the St. Louis Reveille, giving an account of a recent trip he made to the scene of the Mormon troubles,) reposes in a state of quietude and tranquility most remarkable. During some thirty hours that we passed in the "Holy City," we heard but one solitary intemperate expression, and the man who uttered it was instantly checked, and made silent by more prudent spirits around him. Elders Adams and Lyne, accompanied by others, left the city on Tuesday last, their object being to call home the absent Apostles and members of the Council of Seventy. -- Upon the return of these, there will take place a solemn deliberation of the Twelve Apostles, who will appoint a successor to the lost Prophet, and their appointment will then be acted upon, either to be ratified or rejected by the Council of Seventy.
Vol. ? Albany, N. Y., Wednesday, August 28, 1844. No. ?
FROM NAUVOO. -- We have intelligence from Nauvoo to the 5th last. All was quiet. It appears the reports of the appearance of Joe Smith, and the appointment of his son as prophet, are false, and originated in a desire to injure the Mormons abroad. -- Sidney Rigdon had returned to Nauvoe from Pittsburgh, and preached on the [20th?] inst. In consequence of the death of Samuel Smith, Joe's brother, since the death of the prophet, Sidney Rigdon will be chosen patriarch of the Mormon flock. He is their master spirit and will make a shrewd and energetic leader. There are five widows of the Smith family now living in Nauvoo; the mother of all, and the late wives of Joe, Hyrum, and their two brothers -- Accessions to the Mormon strength continue to be quite large. In Nauvoo the usual activity is apparent, and the temple is steadily going up in its unique form and shape. Its style of architecture is of the pure Mormon order --
UTICA DAILY GAZETTE.
Vol. III. Utica, N. Y., Sun., August 31, 1844. No. 192.
FROM NAUVOO. -- We have intelligence from Nauvoo to the 5th inst. All was quiet. It appears the reports of the appearance of Joe Smith, and the appointment of his son as Prophet, are false, and originated in a desire to injure the Mormons abroad. Sidney Rigdon had returned to Nauvoo from Pittsburgh, and preached on the 4th inst. In consequence of the death of Samuel Smith, Joe's brother, since the death of the Prophet, Sidney Rigdon will be chosen Patriarch of the Mormon flock. He is their master spirit, and will make a shrewd and energetic leader. -- There are five widows of the Smith family now living in Nauvoo; the mother of all, and the late wives of Joe, Hirum, and their two brothers. Accessions to the Mormon strength continue to be quite large. In Nauvoo the usual activity is apparent, and the Temple is steadily going up in its unique form and shape. Its style of architecture is of the pure Mormon order. --
Vol. I. Baldwinsville, NY, September 12, 1844. No. 35.
FROM NAUVOO. -- We have intelligence from Nauvoo to the 5th ult. All was quiet. It appears the reports of the appearance of Joe Smith, and the appointment of his son as Prophet, are false, and originated in a desire to injure the Mormons abroad. Sidney Rigdon had returned to Nauvoo from Pittsburgh, and preached on the 4th ult. -- In consequence of the death of Samuel Smith, Joe's brother, since the death of the Prophet, Sidney Rigdon will be chosen Patriarch of the Mormon flock. He is their master spirit, and will make a shrewd and energetic leader. There are five widows of the Smith family now living in Nauvoo; the mother of all, and the late wives of Joe, Hyrum, and their two brothers. Accessions to the Mormon strength continue to be quite large. In Nauvoo the usual activity is apparent, and the Temple is steadily going up in its unique form and shape. Its style of architecture is of the pure Mormon order. --
NS. Vol. ? Albany, N.Y., September 20, 1845. No. ?
TEMPLE AT NAUVOO.
The building of the Mormon Temple under all the troubles by which those people have been surrounded, seems to be carried on with a religious enthusiasm which reminds us of olden times, by the energy which controls all the movements towards its completion.
Vol. VII. Lowville, N. Y., Thurs., November 7, 1844. No. 39.
The End of the World. -- The Journal of Commerce, of the 23d ult., in discoursing upon Miller's prophecy, concludes as follows:
Vol. XI. Utica, N. Y., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1844. No. 28.
THE MORMON CITY.
Nauvoo -- Its location; how the Mormons came by it; the dimentions of the city; of the city; houses; all residents are not of the Church; Temple; sculptured pilasters; interior finished; brazen laver; created by [voluntary] labor; the city will never be abandoned by its builders.
UTICA DAILY GAZETTE.
Vol. IV. Utica, N. Y., Saturday, April 12, 1845 No. 61.
THE MORMONS. -- The Warsaw Signal states that most of the friends of Rigdon, who still remain in Nauvoo, have been despoiled of their property, and live in constant fear of their lives. One of these, Elder Marks, a man of wealth, fled from that city last week in the night.
Vol. XVI. Albany, N.Y., Wed., Dec. 10, 1845. No. 4758.
A Letter from Joe Smith's Widow.
The New York Sun publishes and vouches for the authenticity of the following Letter from the wife of the Mormon impostor: --
RONDOUT [ ] FREEMAN.
Vol. I. Rondout, Ulster Co., N.Y., Jan. 17, 1846. No. 26.
Of all modern delusions none has excited a more general notice than that of Mormonism. From its rise to its downfall it has been agitated by the press and communities, and nothing has transpired, of a public nature, during its progress but that all are acquainted with. Their "golden bible," which has been the instrument on which this base delusion is founded, as has since been ascertained, was written by the Rev. Solomon Spaulding, a graduate of Dartmouth College and formerly a pastor of the Presbyterian church in the Western Reserve in Ohio. Obliged to resign his charge, obn account of ill health, and being somewhat of an antiquarian, from the discovery of mounds, that are scattered so profusely along the valley of the Mississppi, supposed to be the dwellings of a lost race, and numerous implements which evinced skill in the arts, to beguile the hours of retirement, and give exercise to a lively imagination, he was induced to write an imaginary history of them. It purported to have been left by them, and was entitled the "Manuscript Found." -- This history has, in the hands of its designing promulgator, been made the basis of a sect who now style themselves the "Holy Ones." Strange as it may sem, thousands of fanatics from this and other countries have embraced the doctrine within a few years. Having separated themselves from all other sects, they have been enabled to build one of the most splendid cities in the United States, and their temple, it is said, is not surpassed in magnificence by any in the world.
Vol. 16. Albany, N.Y., Feb. 16, 1846. No. 4819.
We learn that the first expedition of the Saints for the Rocky Mountains, will take up its line of march in about three weeks. This first company will consist of about fifty men, with a sufficient number of teams, drawn by good horses, to convey the farming utensils, provender, &c. they may need. They will load with grain at the last settlement, and push their horses through as fast as possible, until they reach the base of the mountains, which they say they can do by the time the grass is fairly up. Here they will halt and commence farming operations. They will put in a large a crop as possible, and remain until the summer emigrants come up. The object of this expedition is to raise something for the summer emigrants to recruit on, while on their journey.
Vol. 17. Albany, N.Y., April 25, 1846. No. 4878.
THE MORMONS. -- The Nauvoo Eagle says the Mormons' expedition is working its way westward slowly in consequence of the lack of forage for their horses. The men have to work for the farmers along the route, in order to procure the necessary food for horses and cattle. Those still at Nauvoo are making all possible haste in their preparations to join the advance party. The Nauvoo House will be completed in a few days.
Vol. 17. Albany, N.Y., April 28, 1846. No. 4880.
THE TEMPLE AT NAUVOO. -- We are gratified to learn that there is a prospect of converting the Temple, recently erected at Nauvoo by the Mormons, to a useful and most charitable purpose. A wealthy gentleman from the south arrived here a few days since, en route to purchase the Temple, if it can be bought for a reasonable price. His object, we understand, is to convert the Temple into an asylum for destitute widows and females, and to purchase lands and town lots, and endow it out of the rents of them. The author of this liberal proposition, we understand, is a bachelor, far advanced in life.
Vol. XIV. Auburn, N.Y., Wed., May 20, 1846. No. 3.
THE MORMONS. -- A Mormon settlement, under the influence of Sidney Rigdon, has been commenced in the vicinity of [Greencastle], in the adjoining county of Franklin. Pa , and some 8 or 9 miles distant from this place. They have purchased a large tract of land from a Mr. McLanahan, for which they paid some $15,000. Upon the tract is a very valuable water power, and we are told they propose erecting extensive manufactories -- among the rest a cotton factory. A considerable number of the faithful have commenced locating upon their new premises. Sidney Rigdon being present and directing their movements. --
Vol. II. No. 32. Syracuse, N.Y., June 13, 1846. Whole 341.
Interesting from the Mormon Country.
The following extract of a letter from a person within four miles of Nauvoo, under date of May 3, gives some very interesting particulars of the Mormon people, the price of property in and around Nauvoo, &c. which can we relied on as not exaggerated. After speaking of other matters, the writer, without thinking of its appearing in print, goes on in this wise:
Vol. 17. Albany, N.Y., June 27, 1846. No. 4932.
The threatened blow up of the Mormon Temple did not take place, but the people of Hancock county have held a meeting at Carthage, and made arrangements to commence the diabolical work of driving out the remaining Mormons. From three to five thousand Mormons still remain at Nauvoo, and the Anties invite the surrounding counties to organize, arm and equip for the purpose of driving them out. The Twelve have written back, advising all that cannot come well prepared for the journey to California, to remain at Nauvoo. Farther and serious difficulties are apprehended at Nauvoo.
Vol. ? Albany, N.Y., September 3, 1846. No. ?
Bill Smith's Letter to the Voree Herald.
I have, since I returned to Nauvoo, for the first time been apprised of an appointment made by Joseph Smith to James J. Strang. On hearing this, I took pains to gather all the evidence that could be adduced to see if there was any foundation at all for the claims of Mr. Strang.
UTICA DAILY GAZETTE.
Vol. V. Utica, N. Y., Saturday, Oct. 25, 1846 No. ?
ANOTHER WESTERN HUMBUG. -- A fresh plate-digger, translator, and prophet, has arisen in the west. Whether he is of the Smith family, the accounts say not, but certainly he is of the Joe Smith genus -- only 'a little more so.' The case is this: a lot of brass plates, bearing marks of antiquity have recently been brought to light in Burlington, Wiskonsan. It appears that a certain man who has for some time past believed himself inspired, had it revealed to him, that by digging under a certain tree he would find a vessel containing plates with inscriptions relating to the aborigines of the country. He accordingly selected three of his neighbors to dig in the appointed place; who, (as they affirm,) after carefully examining the ground, to be sure that it had not been disturubed, dug to the depth of several feet, and found at last the said vessel, which, after being exposed to the air, crumbled to pieces, exposing three plates of brass covered with characters, of the meaning of which they were entirely ignorant, but which the prophet has since translated. The language from the translation purports to be that of a King or Chief describinig the destruction of his whole people and the place where they perished. -- Several persons have been to see the prophet, and many of them after seeing the plates believe them genuine. Whether this will reslove itself into Mormonism, or become a basis of a new sect, is a matter of speculation. -- In either case, it will find adherents. The world is full of dupes, and as it purports to be the work of divine revelation and is backed by the testimony of three honest men, it stands a good chance of being successful. --