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Vol. XX. Erie, Pa., Friday, January 25, 1850. No. 37.
THE MORMON DELEGATE. -- The editor of the Cleveland Herald gives from personal acquaintance the following account of Mr. Babbitt, the Mormon delegate to Congress from Deseret:
Vol. XII. Wellsborough, Pa., Wednesday, June 26, 1850 . No. 43 .
The Nauvoo Temple again Destroyed. -- A fatality seems to attend the temple at Nauvoo. It was finished by the Mormons in 1845, was nearly destroyed by fire in 1848, and on the 27th of May, a tremendous hurricane demolished the walls. The Icarian community of Socialists, under Cabet, had purchased it, and were engaged in repairing it, with a view to fitting it up for schools, studying and meeting halls, and a great refectory for a thousand persons. The workmen were engaged on it when the storm burst forth with such violence, that the walls came tumbling down, and the workmen had to fly for their lives. Those walls that remained standing had to be pulled down. The surrounding buildings were also demolished, and in the wash-house, where six Icarian women were washing, there was so sudden an inundation from the rising creek, that the women had to escape through the windows. The community are going to undertake the erection of another large and fine building.
Lehigh [ ] Register.
Vol. VI. Allentown, Pa., Thursday, March 25, 1852 . No. 25 .
Mormonism Exposed, by a Mormon.
The late high-handed and treasonable proceedings of the Mormons in the territory of Utah, as shown by the official reports of the United States officers returned therefrom, however strange and startling they may appear to the uninitiated, form no new development to those who have had an opportunity of scrutinizing and observing them, and their doctrines and practices, and designs; but are in perfect keeping with the character of the sect, openly avowed by them to most of their members for some ten years or more.
Vol. XI. Pittsburgh, Friday, August 13, 1852. No. 22.
This city of the Mormons once had 20,000 inhabitants; there are now about 2,000. One half the houses the Mormons left, have been removed or pulled down, and the other half are tenantless. Each lot contained an acre. In walking through its deserted streets I startled several quails, in the midst of the once populous city. The mansion of Joe Smith is kept by his wife, (once his widow but now again a wife, of another and a live man,) as a tavern. Between this mansion and the river are the remains of a famous hotel, which was abandoned after its walls had reached the second story; the walls are of fine pressed brick, with marble doorsills and caps. Joe's store-house is also standing. The Masonic Hall is a fine brick building three stories high. I am told that all the Mormons were Masons. Their lodge was under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the State of Illinois. -- Smith, I am told, initiated some of the "mothers in the church," then the charter was taken from them and the lodge closed. The front wall and the one next to it, which formed the vestibule, are all that is left standing of the achievements of fanaticism called 'the Temple.'
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 23, 1853. No. ?
MORMONISM. --The Dixon Telegraph states that William Smith brother of the celebrated "Joe Smith," who has a gatherimg of the believers in Lee county, Illinois, was lately arrested in consequence of an affidavit made by one of the female members of the church, in which she set forth that she had been induced to believe that it was necessary for her salvation that she should become his spiritual wife, the result of which was the same that usually accompanies cases where no spiritualism is claimed. On account of the inability of the witness to attend at this term, the case was continued. The defendant says that it all arises in persecution from the Gentiles.
Lehigh [ ] Register.
Vol. VII. Allentown, Pa., Wednesday, August 3, 1853. No. ?
Beaver Island Mormons.
The Mormons, at Beaver Island, in Lake Superior, have, as the papers tell us, awoke a bloody resistence from the people in that vicinity. -- There is, in consequence, great reason to fear that the scenes, formerly enacted in Illinois and Missouri, will be repeated on this new stage. -- The drama, in fact, has opened in the same way and is apparently being played with similar violence. Mutual accusations, from exach side, appear to be the order of the day. If half is true that is said against Strang, the Mormon High Priest at Beaver Island, and his followers, their expulsion, sooner or later, would seem to be inevitable, however illegal, in no sense, the act might be. If half is true of the prejudice, misrepresentation, and persecution, charged by the Mormons, on their antagonists, such an expulsion, should it occur, would be one of the most flagrant atrocities of the age. Who will say! ...
Vol. XII. Pittsburgh, Pa., Monday, August 8, 1853 . No. 16.
Ruins of the Mormon Temple and the Icarians.
A correspondent of the Dover (N.H.) Star, under the date of June 17th, gives some interesting facts in relation to the city of Nauvoo, Mormonism, &c.
Vol. XII. Pittsburgh, Friday, Dec. 16, 1853. No. 127.
The Late Massacre on the Plains. -- Capt. Morris, of the U. S. Army, has forwarded to Washington the particulars of the late msisacro by Indians, of a portion of Capt. Gunnison surveying party, on the Western Plains. He says:
ERIE WEEKLY OBSERVER.
Vol. XXV. Erie, Pa., Saturday, November 25, 1854. No. ?
ANECDOTE. -- The Journal of Commerce tells the following capital anecdote of Joe Smith, the Mormon:
Vol. II. Wellsborough, Pa., Thursday, October 25, 1855. No. 14.
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 course the passengers were treated with 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 which Elder Hyde had attached himself, and a respectable number joined in the request; the Elder consented to preach them a sermon. Every person on the boat, including that portion of the crew who could leave their stations, were assembled in the cabin, and the curiosity of all were 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 preceded it. However, after tea, this incident led to the discussion of Mormonism, and the clergymen were expressing their surprise that people could be led astray by such ridiculous doctrine. An Illinoisan, a sober-faced man, not before joining in the conversation, here remarked that the miracles worked by prophet Smith, were of a character to satisfy the mind of any one of the Mormon faith." "What miracles!" spoke up several at once, "we have never heard of them." "They are numerous enough," said the sober-looking friend, "and were generally wrought among the poorer classes and tended to their worldly advancement. While the Prophet lived in Illinois, before his enemies combined against him to destroy him, he went about preaching the faith and doing good to members of his flock, and it was considered a high honor to receive a visit from the Prophet, he was a welcome visitor wherever he went. One morning when wending his way towards an humble log cabin, he was descried by the little son of the poor widow who occupied it, who ran to inform his mother of the august person approaching. -- She dropped the web of linen just cut from the loom, which she was in the act of measuring, and ran out to welcome the Prophet. She expressed herself highly gratified by the visit, had his horse fed and got him his breakfast. After a time the Prophet rose to depart, and wished to force upon the poor woman some recompense for the trouble he had given her, which she would not listen to. -- He then blessed her and said the Lord would keep her till noon at whatever she went at after he departed. The Prophet then left, and the widow without reflecting upon his words, went to measuring the linen web. But there was no end to it. She measured and measured, and her little son trampled down until her little cabin was filled with several thousand yards of linen, and still it held out till the hour of high noon fulfilled the Prophet's miracle."
The Independent Republican.
Vol. II. Montrose, Penn., Thursday, May 1, 1856. No. 16.
Joe Smith and the Mormons.
There are persons now living in this County who remember Joe Smith, the great Mormon prophet, when he lived in Harmony, just above Great Bend on the Susquehanna. He was a young man then, and as illiterate and loutish a young fellow as you will often see. He belonged to a worthless, shiftless family, and his father, his brothers, and himself, spent a great deal of their time in digging for buried money and other hidden treasures, Joe acting as guide in the matter and looking through a stone placed in a hat to discover the whereabouts of the treasures. Their money-digging did not prosper, as some mischievous spirits seemed always at hand to whisk away the buried treasure as the searchers were about to seize on it -- Joe ultimately took to propagation of a new religion for a profession. With the particulars of his career, and the history of his rise to the position of prophet and leader of a large body of infatuated people, the public are already in a good degree familiar. His beginning was certainly humble enough. When a young man here, he could scarcely write his name. It was at this time that he fell in love with Emily [sic - Emma?], daughter of Jesse [sic - Isaac?] Hale, once a famous hunter in these parts, and it is said that his attachment for this girl was the real cause of his embarking in his career of Prophet. When he and a companion commenced translating the Mormon Bible, they hired an old unoccupied house, and there boarded themselves. Joe would work out among the farmers, get a bushel of corn and get it ground and take it home, and then the two would go on translating till the supply of corn was exhausted. Their marvellous stories about the golden plates containing the Book of Mormon excited considerable curiousity in the neighborhood, and many persons were permitted to feel the plates while enclosed in a pillow case, but none of the faithful were permitted to see them.
Vol. II. Wellsborough, Pa., Thursday, July 3, 1856. No. 49.
DETRIOT, June 19. -- Jas. A. Strang, the Mormon leader at Beaver Island, was shot on the 16th by two of his former followers -- at latest advices he was still alive -- but in a critical condition. His assassins are under arrest.
Vol. II. Bellefonte, Pa., Wednesday, March 4, 1857. No. 12.
A SKETCH OF JOSEPH SMITH.
Thirty years ago there lived near Palmyra, an obscure individual, whose name has since become familiar to the world. That individual was Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet. A sketch of this person's life is interesting, not because we find anything in his character to admire, but because it presents to our view the origin of Mormonism -- one of the most extravagant humbugs that the world has ever witnessed. The idea of a new religion originating in a person possessing less than ordinary abilities, and rapidly increasing in number till both the Old and the New World contain multitudes of proselytes, is a subject of much interest. To give the reader an idea of the origin of this singular sect is the object of the present essay.
Vol. LVIII. Lancaster, Pa., Tuesday, May 5, 1857. No. 16.
To the Editors of the National Intelligencer:
Vol. LXX. Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 23, 1857. No. 234.
LETTER FROM UTAH TERRITORY. -- More Violence and Bloodshed by Mormons. -- We have dates from Salt Lake City to April 1st, with acounts of more violence and even bloodshed by the Mormons. It appears that a man named Parrish, a seceding Mormon, left the wall[ed] town Springville, to come to the States on foot, his wagon and horses having been stolen by Mormons the night previous to the departure. He was accompanied by his two sons and two men named Potter and Darper. They had not left the place more than a few hundred yards behind when they were attacked by a number of men armed and disguised. Potter was shot dead, five balls having entered his body; Parrish fell wounded, when one of the assailants rushed upon him, and, in his disabled condition, cut his throat from ear to ear, and ripped up his abdomen. One of Parrish's sons ran about eighty yards, when he was struck down, his throat cut, and his abdomen ripped up. The other young Parrish and Darper contrived to escape. The only notice taken of the matter by the Mormon authorities was the summoning of a coroner's jury, who sat upon the case and returned a verdict of "assassination by some persons unknown."
Vol. LXX. Pittsburgh, Thursday, Aug. 13, 1857. No. 304.
MORE OF THE SAINTS LEAVING. -- A letter from Lawrence, K. T., dated the 26th ult., says:
Vol. V. Pittsburgh, Saturday, September 5, 1857. No. 50.
What is to be the future of this abominable imposture? Hitherto it has been nourished by deep ignorance, unreasoning credulity and wild fanaticism. Its votaries have chiefly been gathered from foreign nations, where proselytes have been gained by enormous lying and wholesale deception. The manufacturing districts of England, and the large towns of Scotland, have afforded the most extensive supplies of these misguided beings. Although our own country must acknowledge the paternity of the delusion, and our Western States and unoccupied territory have afforded homes to the impostors and their victims, still the victims have mainly come from abroad.
The Washington Weekly Reporter.
Vol. L. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Oct 21, 1857. No. 14.
The Washington Weekly Reporter.
Vol. L. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Oct 28, 1857. No. 15.
Later From Utah.
Later news from Utah reaches us by way of California. An improbable rumor of the defeat of the United States troops by the Mormons, had reached Carson Valley. A letter from that locality, dated Sept. 10, gives the report as follows: "Within the last week or ten days there has been a great stir among the Mormons in this place and vicinity. Rumor has it that orders from Salt Lake, at the instance of Brigham Young, have been received for aid in the approaching troubles at Salt Lake. True it is that the Latter Day Saints are almost unanimously disposing of their property at a sacrifice, and will" be ready to move in two weeks. It is supposed that about four hundred men, with their families, will answer the call. Guns, pistols and ammunition arc selling at a premium.
The Washington Weekly Reporter.
Vol. L. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1857. No. 17.
WASHINGTON CITY, Nov. 5. -- Brigham Young, in a communication to the Indian Bureau, says that if he is to have the direction of Indian affairs, and is expected to maintain friendly relations with the Indians, he would suggest that travelers should omit the infamous practice of shooting them when they see one. Hence it is natural that they wreak their vengeance in retaliation. The Government should make more liberal presents. He has proven that it is far cheaper to feed and clothe the Indians than to fight them. When fighting is over it is always followed by expensive presents, which if properly distributed in the first instance, might have averted the fight. The troops, he also says, must be kept away, for it is a fact that wherever are the most of these, there we may expect Indians, and the least security to persons and property.
Vol. LXXI. Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1857. No. 77.
Later From California.
New York, Nov. 16. -- The steamer St. Louis, from Apsinwall, arrived with the California mails to the 20th ult., and $1,170,000 in specie...
Vol. LXXI. Pittsburgh, Friday, Nov. 20, 1857. No. ?
From the Los Angeles Star Extra, Oct. 10.
The Washington Weekly Reporter.
Vol. L. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1857. No. 19.
Brigham Young Defying the Government.
Washington City, Nov. 17. -- Advices have been received from Col. Alexander, substantially confirming all the reports in the newspapers respecting the destruction of the contractors' trains by the Mormons. Brigham Young has issued a Proclamation to the United States troops defying the Government, and counseling his people to hostilities in the most determined form, and ordering the troops to keep out of Utah. He says that if they desire to remain till spring, they may do so, provided they give up their arms and ammunition. Col. Alexander, in reply, informed Brigham Young that the troops were there by order of the President of the United States, and would be disposed of as the Commanding General saw proper.
The Washington Weekly Reporter.
Vol. L. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1857. No. 20.
Later from California.
New York, Nov. 29. -- The steamer Northern Light with the California mails and $1,075,000 in treasure arrived unannounced about six o'clock this evening. She brings 600 passengers.
The Washington Weekly Reporter.
Vol. L. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1857. No. 22.
The Utah Expedition.
Dr. Jacob Forney, superintendent of Indian affairs for the Territory of Utah has written a letter to the Indian bureau, dated Fort Laramie, October 25, 1857, (and which the acting commissioner, Charles E. Mix, Esq., has kindly permitted us to peruse) in which he states that the troops would [arrive] there on the evening of that day, and that he and his party would follow on the morrow. He says that they met no hostile Indians between Fort Laramie and Fort Kearney. A report had reached him, that a portion of the Utah Indians are Mormons, and that Brigham Young boasts that he has several Indian tribes in his service, and ready to take up arms against the United States. The Doctor says that, in the course of a few weeks, he will know the truth of this report. --
Vol. LXXI. Pittsburgh, Thursday, Dec. 17, 1857. No. 102.
FROM UTAH. -- By the way of California we have some interesting news from the Mormons at the Salt Lake. A letter from the city of that name, published in a California paper, contains the following item:
Vol. LXXI. Pittsburgh, Saturday, Dec. 19, 1857. No. 104.
LIEUT. GUNNISON. -- The Alta California revives the suspicion that Lieut. Gunnison was massacred by the Mormons, instead of by the Indians, as was reported at the time. It says that the Mormon Elders in Australia have been circulating secretly a pamphlet for the purpose of making converts, and with the belief that it would never, under ordinary circumstances, reach California. The passage in the pamphlet which excites suspicion is this:
The Washington Weekly Reporter.
Vol. L. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1857. No. 23.
... Our dates from Salt Lake are to Oct. 2nd. The saints are more violent than ever. -- It is considered unsafe for persons or companies, not Mormons, to travel through Utah Territory. The troops under Gen'l Johnson were shortly expected, and the Mormons had their outposts guarded by faithful sentinels.... Accounts from the plains show that the Mormons are preparing for a bloody massacre.
The Washington Weekly Reporter.
Vol. L. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1858. No. 29.
Very Late from Utah.
We have just had an interview with a gentleman who had just arrived in this city from California and Salt Lake City direct, having left the Mormon head-quarters on the 10th of December -- a date fully one month later than previous advices.
Vol. XVI. Pittsburgh, Monday, Feb. 15, 1858. No. 105.
Latest from California.
... About the 28th of August five American gentlemen whose names are at present unascertained, left Carson Valley for Salt Lake City, and it is understood that they travelled to Utah in company with Mormons vvho quitted Carson Valley; to return to Salt Lake by order of Brigham Young. News has been received now that these gentlemen were murdered at a point about ono hundred miles south of Salt Lake by Indians, and it is suspected that the Saints had some hand in the massacre.
Vol. XVI. Pittsburgh, Monday, July 19, 1858. No. 238.
The First Mormon Settlement -- Its Temple.
A correspondent from Kirtland, Ohio, gives the following. His letter dates from a small township situated in Lake County, about twenty miles east of Cleveland. The town is somewhat celebrated for being the first settlement of Joe Smith and his followers in the United States. The population about the year 1834-5 was nearly five thousand -- mostly of the Mormon faith; now it has not far from fifteen hundred, very rew of whom claim allegiance to believe in the doctrines of the "Latter Day SaintS," as promulgated by Brigham Young. He says:
Vol. LXXII. Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 3, 1859. No. 123.
THE MORMON DIFFICULTY. -- The congratulations of the President and the democratic press upon the happy and bloodless manner in which they extinguished the rebellion in Utah were premature, or, as one of our distinguished citizens and an officer in the late House of Representatives of this State has it, a "little previous." The rebellion is not suppressed. The pacification of Utah has not been accomplished. The army is there and the government officials ore there; but the machinery of government will not move in the right way. The Mormon grand juries will not find bills of indictment, and the Mormon petty juries will not convict persons guilty of crimes and misdemeanors, and the witnesses who appear and testify are liable to persecution and even violence. Even the courts are exposed to intimidation, and justice is administered under the protection of bayonets. Gov. Cumming has indignantly denounced Gen. Johnston, and Judge Cradlebaugh has indignantly denounced Gov. Cumming, and a collision between the troops and the Mormons at Provo is considered imminent; and both parties are pouring their complaints in to the unwilling ears of the Administration at Washington, which is nearly distracted with a trouble it does not know how to get rid of. Shall it side with the Governor and the rebellious Mormons? or with the army and the judges, and enforce obedience to the laws? There would seem to be but one course for any honest government to pursue -- to enforce the laws at all hazards; but this government isnot to be judged by such a rule.
Democratic [ ] Watchman.
Vol. IV. Bellefonte, Pa., Thursday, December 8, 1859. No. 49.
THE ORIGINAL MORMON PROPHET'S FAMILY. -- The family of Joe Smith, the first Mormon Prophet, still dwell in Nauvoo. No persuasions, it is said, can prevail on them to remove to Utah. His widow has married again, and with her husband keeps the Mansion House, the only house of entertainment the city affords. The oldest son, who bares his father's name of Joseph, is a Justice of the Peace, and a useful and much respected citizen. Great inducements have been offered him to remove to Great Salt Lake City, but he steadily resists all such importunities.
Vol. XV. Huntingdon, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1859. No. 25.
CORRESPONDENCE OF THE GLOBE.
Volume XXX. Erie, Pa., Saturday, April 28, 1860. No. 47.
Young Joe Smith in His Father's Boots. -- From the correspondent of the Cincinatti Gazette, we get the particulars of the formal installation at Amoby, lee county, Illinois, on the 6th of April, of Joe Smith as "Prophet, Seer, and Revelator in Zion," as successor to his father, in the Mormon Church.
Volume IV. Greencastle, Pa., Tuesday, April 7, 1863. No. 10.
The Fight in Washington Territory.
Washington, March 31. -- Official information has been received of Colonel Conner's severe battle and splendid victory on Bear, River, Washington Territory. After a forced march of one hundred and forty miles, in midwinter and through deep snows, in which seventy-six of his men were disabled by frozen feet, he and his gallant band of only two hundred men attacked three h'undred Indian warriors in their stronghold, and after a hard-fought battle of four hours, destroyed the entire band, leaving two hundred and twenty-four dead upon the field. Our loss was fourteen killed and forty-nine wounded. These Indians had murdered several miners during the winter, and were part of the same band who had been massacring emgrants on the overland Mail route for the last fifteen years, and the principal actors and leaders in the horrid crimes of last summer. During Colonel Conner's march no assistance was rendered by the Mormons, who seemed indisposed, he says, to divulge any information regarding the Indians, and charged enormous prices for every article furnished his command.
Volume XII. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, February 10, 1864. No. 21.
TO OUR READERS.
When, some two years ago, I ceased connection with the Presbyterian Banner, it was my expectation that this retirement was final.... Yet scarecely had I returned to the exclusive work of preaching the Gospel, when regreats from many quarters were expressed... We now enter upon our work fully sensible of its great requirements, but also looking up to our Father who is in haven, for his help, and earnestly desiring the indulgence and cooperation of the readers and patrons of the Banner...
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Tuesday, January 1, 1867. No. ?
EICHBAUM -- On Sunday morning, Dec. 30, at 7 o'clock, WILLIAM EICHBAUM, in the 81st year of his age.
Vol. II. Wilkes-Barre, Pa, Wednesday, August 14, 1867. No. 33.
COL. A. K. McCLURE AMONG THE SAINTS.
SALT LAKE, June 18, 1867. I have now spent a week with the Latter Day Saints, admired their green shades, beautiful artificial streams, pleasant homes, and the innumerable evidences of industry and prosperity which appear on every hand. Their markets are filled with the choicest vegetables, and the finest strawberries of the continent are offered every hour of the day at reasonable prices. Stores equal to those of the cities of the Western States are numerous, and business of all branches has an air of system, capital and thrift that is delightful. This is a city of 20,000 population, without paupers, brothels or gambling hells. Among the Mormons, who constitute over ninety per cent, of the people, there are none idle, and they claim that none suffer. The bee-hive is found on the dome of the Prophet's house, and frequently on rude business signs, as typical of the habits of the faithful. All must work, and while each owns his property gained by industry, there is still a common store where the distressed and children of want repair. And industry is brightened in every possible way. In the evening the merry dance is to be heard in almost every ward; the theatre is never closed for any length of time, and recreation is devised in every conceivable manner to lighten the burdens of toil.
The Washington Reporter.
Vol. LIX. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, May 13, 1868. No. 40.
For the Reporter.
Messrs. Editors: -- Appleton & Co., of New York, lately published a book on the "Rise and Progress of Mormonism." The author -- Mr. Tucker -- takes the same view with Elder Hyde who published a work on Mormonism some time ago. They both state that Solomon Spalding, a clergyman, of feeble health, wrote a book which was never published by him or his authority -- that after his death Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet, by dishonest means, got hold of this manuscript and published it as the Mormon Bible. This is their theory and it is doubtless the correct one.
The Washington Reporter.
Vol. LIX. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, May 20, 1868. No. 41.
For the Reporter.
Messrs. Editors: -- Having noticed in your paper of the 13th inst,, a communication in reference to Solomon Spaulding, I thought it might be interesting to your readers to hear something more in respect to the death of a man who has unintentionally deceived many persons.
The Washington Reporter.
Vol. LIX. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, May 27, 1868. No. 42.
For the Reporter.
Messrs. Editors. -- For many years it has been well known that Solomon Spalding, an eccentric man who lived and died in Amity, Washington Co., Pennsylvania, was the author of what is now called the Mormon Bible; that it was a mere fiction written for his amusement, and often read to his neighbors as such.
Vol. LX. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, April 7, 1869. No. 25.
For the Reporter.
Some time since, I became the owner of the book of Mormon. I put it into the hands of Mr. Joseph Miller, Sr., of Amwell Township. After examining it, he made the following statement concerning the connection of Rev. Solomon Spalding with the authorship of the book of Mormon.
Vol. LX. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, April 21, 1869. No. 27.
For the Reporter.
Vol. LXXXIV. Pittsburgh, Pa., Thursday, April 22, 1869. No. 98.
Mormonism -- Brigham Young on the War Path.
The Salt Lake Reporter of the 10th, printing an outrageous speech made at the Mormon Conference, says:
The Indiana Democrat.
Vol. VIII. Indiana, Pa., Thursday, November 25, 1869. No. 30.
The Book of Mormon.
We copy the following extraordinary communication from the Washington (Pa.) Review and Examiner of the 10th inst. It throws some light upon a matter that is everyday engrossing more of personal and national:
Vol. LXI. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1870. No. 16.
THE MORMON BIBLE.
Jos. Miller, Esq., an old and highly respected citizen of Amwell Tp., sends us by hand of J. W. Hamilton, of Amity, the following communication which originally appeared in a magazine entitled the Evangelist of the True Gospel, published at Carthage, Ohio, in 1839.
Vol. VII. Titusville, Penn., Thursday, March 24, 1870. No. 96.
THE "WHITED SEPULCHRES"
"See Naples and die." So runs the old proverb. See Salt Lake and live -- live to work.
Vol. ? Athens, Penn., Thursday, August 25, 1870. No. ?
From the Montrose Republican.
[Beginning is largely illegible -- tells of Smith's blessing a corn field that froze, etc.] ... He was very poor at that time and with several visionary companions was a good deal engaged in digging for money at some place or places near the Susquehanna river.... In those days, Smith was more celebrated for lying than for any other quality, unless it was ignorance, and perhaps a sort of low cunning."
Vol. LXIV. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1871. No. 15.
For the Reporter.
Volume ? Pittsburgh, Wednesday, January 31?, 1872. No. ?
ORIGIN OF THE MORMON BIBLE.
A project is on foot to erect a monument over the grave of the Rev. Mr. Spaulding, in Amity churchyard, Washington County, Pennsylvania, who wrote for his own amusement, and that of his friends, the romance which afterwards became the "Book of Mormon." Mr. Spaulding placed the manuscript in the hands of the late Rev. Robert Patterson, father of one of the editors of this paper, who was then engaged in the publishing business, and while it was in this establishment it was copied by Sidney Rigdon, then in his employ, by whom it was afterwards conveyed to Joseph Smith."
THE GREENVILLE ADVANCE.
Vol. II. Greenville, Pennsylvania, Thursday, Feb. 8, 1872. No. 7.
The Mormon Bible.
It has been so often stated without contradiction that we suppose it may be considered a fact, that the so-called "Mormon Bible" was written for his own amusement by a clergyman named Spaulding. This gentleman is dead, and buried in Washington county, Pa., and it is now proposed to erect a monument over his grave. Why this should be made a public affair we do not know: for certainly the country has no special reason for being obliged to the author of "The Mormon Bible," a farrago of nonsense which has occasioned greater, mischief than ever such nonsense did before. The MS was given, according to the story, by Spaulding to Rev. Mr. Paterson, and was copied by Sidney Rigdon, who gave his transcription to Jo Smith. Possibly we might have been spared all the Utah botheration if the Rev. Mr. Spaulding had pleased to amuse himself in a more sensible way. On the other hand, Jo, having a passion for setting up new religions, mignt have started his new faith upon some other basis. It is a great comfort to us to feel that Mormonism hasn't enough of solid truth in it to save it from ultimate oblivion; and we are surprised, considering how well the leaders have managed secular maters, that they should have constructed such a shabby ecclesiastical scheme, by the side of which the Moslem faith seems not merely respectable but miserable.
WASHINGTON REVIEW AND EXAMINER.
Vol. VII. Washington, Penn., Wednesday, September 18, 1872. No. 52.
A correspondent of the Pittsburg Leader, who recently traveled through the southern portion of our county, thus writes:
Vol. X. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Monday, Dec. 23, 1872. No. 90.
AUTHOR OF THE MORMON BIBLE.
Sidney Rigdon, who is reputed to have been the author of the Mormon Bible, and who at one time ranked next the Joe Smith in the church of the Latter-day Saints, was stricken with paralysis last week, at home in Allegany county, New York.
The Washington Reporter.
Vol. LXV. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1873. No. 18.
The death of Sidney Rigdon, one of Joe Smith's 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 Joe Smith pretends to have discovered through a divine revelation, was claimed immediately after its publication as a 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. Spaulding, 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 many 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, Missouri, 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.
The Washington Reporter.
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., Wednesday, September 9, 1874. No. ?
SHERIFF'S SALE. -- By virtue of a writ of Fieri Facias (upon which inquisition and exemption have been waived), issued out of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington county, and to me directed, there will be exposed to public sale in front of the Court House, in the borough of Washington, Pa., on Thursday the 8th day of October, A. D. 1874, at one o'clock P. M., of said day, the following described property, viz:
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania January 1, 1875. No. ?
First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh
... When Holland Sumner dealt with Rigdon for his bad teachings, and said to him, "Brother Rigdon, you never got into a Baptist Church without relating your Christian experiences," Rigdon replied, "When I joined the church at Peters Creek I knew I could not be admitted without an experience, so I made up one to suit the purpose; but it was all made up, and was of no use, nor true." This I have just copied from an old memorandum, as taken from Sumner himself...
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 1, 1875. No. ?
...Sidney Rigdon, when quite a boy, living with his father some fifteen miles south of Pittsburgh on a farm, was thrown from his horse, his foot entangled in a stirrup and dragged some distance before relieved. In this accident he received such a contusion of the brain as ever after seriously to affect his character and in some respects, his conduct. In fact, his brother always considered Sidney a little deranged in his mind by that accident. His mental powers did hot seem to be impaired, but the equlibrium in his intellectual exertions seemed thereby to have been sadly affected. He still manifested great mental activity and power, but he was to an equal degree inclined to run into wild and visionary views on almost every question. Hence he was a fit subject for any new movement in the religious world...
Vol. 89. Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 18, 1876. No. 173.
A PECULIAR GENIUS.
On Friday last there died at Friendship, Allegany county, N. Y., Sidney Rigdon, in the eighty-fourth year of his age.
Vol. IV. Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 18, 1876. No. ?
A FOUNDER OF MORMONISM.
The early history of Mormonism is intimately blended with the history of this county and of Western Pennsylvania, the Book of Mormon -- the bible of the polygamists -- having been printed in this city, and two of the most noted founders of the "twin relic" having had "a local habitation and a name" in our midst. Solomon Spalding, the author of the Book of Mormon, lived in this city from 1812 to 1814, when he removed to Amity, Washington County, where he died and was buried. Sidney Rigdon, who died in Friendship, Alleghany County, N. Y., on Friday last, was born in St. Clair Township, this county, Feb. 19, 1793. The manuscript of the Book of Mormon was set up in a printing office in Pittsburg in 1812, with which young Rigdon was connected. Soon after getting possession of a copy of Spalding's manuscript he left the printing office and became a preacher of doctrines peculiar to himself and very similar to those afterward incorporated into the Book of Mormon. He gained a small number of converts to his views, when about 1829 he became associated with Joseph Smith. It is asserted that through Rigdon's agency Smith became possessed of a copy of Spalding's manuscript. Smith and Rigdon then set about to establish a Church having at first vague and confused ideas as to its nature and design, but with the Book of Mormon as their text and authority, they began to preach this new gospel; and Smith's family and a few of his associates, together with some of Rigdon's followers, were soon numerous enough to constitute the Mormon Church, as it was styled by the people around them, or the Latter Day Saints, as they presently began to call themselves. The Church was organized in Manchester, New York, in 1830.
Vol. XIII. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, July 19, 1876. No. 268.
Death of an Original Mormon.
Sidney Rigdon, one of the leading spirits in the organization of the Mormon Cburch, and a native of St. Clair township, this county, died on Friday last, in Friendship, Allegheny county, New York. The deceased was born in 1793; and, in 1812, he was employed in a printing office, in this city, where the manuscript of Solomon Spalding's "Book of Mormon" had been left to be printed. It is alleged that Rigdon got a copy of Spalding's manuscript, and soon after began preaching doctrines similar to those set forth in the "Book." Some ten years afterward he became associated with the famous Joe Smith, and organized the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Spalding died in Washington county in 1816, and Smith and Rigdon modified the "Book" to suit themselves. The history of the Mormon Church in Kirtland, Ohio, in Independence, Missouri, and in Nauvoo, Ill., is known to many of our readers. On the death of Joe Smith, Rigdon made an effort to succeed him, but was beaten by Brigham Young, and finally driven out of the church. He returned to Pittsburgh about the year 1846, and soon after removed to the Genesee Yalley, New York, where he died at the age of eighty-three. After abandoning his religious venture he devoted himself to the study of geology, and supported himself in a great measure by lecturing upon that subject. -- He is said to have been highly respected by his neighbors during the declining years of his life.
Vol. 89. Pittsburgh, Friday, July 21, 1876. No. 176.
Ann Eliza vs. Brigham Young.
SALT LAKE, Utah, July 20. -- The Ann Eliza vs. Brigham Young case was up before Judge Shaffer to-day, when the following rulings were given. That as Ann Eliza claimed to have been married to Brigham Young, which the defendant did not deny, but denied that she was his legal wife, and that as the contest was as to the legality of the marriage, the court could properly grant alimony during the suit. A motion for personal attachment upon the defendant for contempt of court in not paying five hundred dollars per month alimony was denied, as this was a harsh measure where milder means would be sufficient. A motion to strike out the amended answer of the defense was overruled, and evidence in the main case ordered taken before a commissioner. It is probable an execution will be asked by the plaintiff as a means of collecting the alimony heretofore awarded, while the defense will no doubt ask for a reduction of the alimony.
Vol. 89. Pittsburgh, Monday, July 24, 1876. No. 178.
THE DESTROYING ANGELS.
SALT LAKE, Utah, July 20. -- Early yesterday morning John C. Young, one of the reporters of the Daily Tribune, while going from the office to his residence, was waylaid by four of Brigham Young's Danite Band of "Destroying Angels," who attempted to murder him. Mr. Young is a nephew of Brigham, and has become extremely obnoxious to his uncle and the Mormon priesthood by reason of his connection with the Tribune, a Gentile paper, which opposes Mormons, and shows up their habits and crimes. Orders were issued by Young to destroy his nephew, and these four men were set apart for the bloody work. One of them was stationed at a street corner diagonally across from the office to give notice of Young's departure for home, and the rest secreted themselves behind trees in front of his residence. When the signal was given they all made their appearance, simultanous. One of them approached him, saying "You're the man we are looking for," and was about to seize him when Young, facing him with a cocked revolver, backed into the yard, and told him if he advanced another step he would kill him. The movement was so sudden that the leader was thrown off his guard. The neighbors, hearing the noise, came to the doors with light, and Young escaped assassination.
Vol. IV. Pittsburgh, Thursday, August 24, 1876. No. 112.
A Report of a Lecture He Delivered
Forty Years Ago in Meadville -- Rigdon's
Account of Joe Smith's Revelation.
To the Editor of the Pittsburgh Telegraph:
Vol. I. Washington, Pa., Friday, Aug. 3, 1877. No. 309.
THE ORIGIN OF THE MORMONS.
(Dr. W. W. Sharp, of Amity, furnishes us the following, with the promise that he will follow it with an original article giving some local history never before published):
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Sunday, September 2, 1877. No. ?
How to Solve the Mormon Problem
... The only way -- is for the U. S. government to help Joseph Smith Jr., the son of the prophet, to assert his leadership and establish himself in the very Lion-house of the usurper, Brigham. In making this suggestion, the other day, we pointed out that young Joseph is the legitimate successor of his father, nominated by inspiration for the office and duly ordained, that the Mormons themselves confess the fact, admit that Brigham tricked the Smith boys out of their rights, * * * and that they have always looked on young Joseph with respect and even with reverence * * * When Joseph visited Salt Lake City, he was treated with the highest respect by the people, nor was it denied by any one that he was the true high priest, prophet and revelator, and would some day come back to rule over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1877. No. ?
THE MORMON REALM.
Brigham Young has colonized a territory of the United States, but meanwhile Territories have been settled all around him, some of which have far outstripped his own. If it had not been for his proscriptive policy, Utah would be to-day far in advance of what is in all the elements which constitute the greatness of a state. He has rendered the Territory comparatively populous, but only by bringing in converts from the Old World. Every one of these immigrants, too, has been compelled to pay Brigham Young for his passage out, and at least a part of the funds so realized have been used in bringing in more. Two years ago, upon his return from the South, he characterized his people as among the most destitute and miserable of mankind. From end to end of Utah, the people barely live -- the leaders excepted. There are no free schools, no hospitals, and only one insane asylum, and that has been established comparatively recently. The surplus earnings of the people are absorbed in tithing, marrying, preaching and building temples.
Volume IX. Indiana, Pa., Thursday, February 7, 1878. No. 6.
The Mormon Bible.
Major Gilbert of Palmyra, Missouri [sic. N.Y], gives the following account of the getting up of the Mormon bible: One pleasant day in the summer of 1829, Hiram Smith, Joe's brother, came to the office to negotiate, for the printing of a book. The arrangements were completed. Five thousand copies of the book were to be printed for $3,000. A well-to-do farmer named Martin Harris, living in the neighborhood, agreed to become security for the payment of the money, and the work was at once put in hand. Major Gilbert set up all the type of the book, except some 20 or 30 pages, and did nearly all the press work. It was all worked off on a hand press. The copy was brought to the office by Hiram Smith. It was written on foolscap paper in a good, clear hand. The handwritimg was Oliver Cowdery's. There was not a punctuation mark in the whole manuscript. The sentences were all run in without capitals, or other marks to designate where one left off and another began, and it was no easy task to straighten out the stuff. Major Gilbert, perceiving that large portions were stolen verbatim from the Bible, used to have a copy of that book on his case to aid him in deciphering the manuscript and putting in the proper punctuation marks. At first Smith used to come to the office every morning with just enough manuscript to last through the day. But it was so much bother to put in the punctuation that Gilbert said; "Bring me around a quantity copy at a time, and I can go through it and fix it up evenings, and so get along faster with it." Smith replied: "This is pretty important business young man, and I don't know as we can trust this manuscript in your possession." Finally his scruples were overcome, and he consented to this arrangement. Then he would bring around a quire of paper, or 48 pages, at a time, and this would last several days. When the matter had been set all the copy was carefully taken away again by Smith. It took eight months to set up the book and run it through the press. Major Gilbert was not much interested in the book, thought it rather dry and prosy, and to this day has never thought it worth his while to read it a second time. Of course, nobody then dreamed that the "Book of Mormon" was destined to achieve the notority which it has gained, or that it was to cut such a figure in the history of this country. It did not find a very ready sale, at the outset, and Harris, who had mortgaged his farm to pay the printer's bill, was cleaned out financially; He was an intimate friend of the Smiths, and afterwards became an adherent to the doctrines they taught. He did not follow them Westward, however, but remained near his own home, where he died two years ago. With this book as the basis of his teaching, Joe Smith began to preach, and soon formed a congregation of followers in Palmyra and the neighboring village of Manchester, where the Smiths resided. A year later, he, with thirty of his followers removed to Kirtland, Ohio. His subsequent history is well known. There were nine children in the Smith family. Joe was then about 23 years of age. He was a lazy, good-for-nothing lout, chiefly noted for his capacity to hang around a corner grocery and punish poor whisky. He had good physical strength, but he never put it to any use in the way of mowing grass or sawing wood. He could wrestle pretty well, but was not given to exerting his muscles in any practical way. He had evidently made up his mind that there was an easier way of getting a living than by honest industry. He was the discoverer of a magic stone which he used to carry around in his hat. Holding it carefully laid in the bottom of his hat he would bring his eye to bear on it at an angle of about 45 degrees and forthwith discover the whereabouts of hidden treasures. He would draw a circle on the ground and say to the awe struck bystanders, "dig deep enough within this circle and you will find a pot of gold." But he never dug himself. He had a good share of the rising generation of Palmyra out digging in the suburbs, and to this day traces of the pits thus dug are pointed out to curious visitors. As he claimed to be the author of the "Book of Mormon" his story was that by the aid of his wonderful stone he found gold plates on which were inscribed the writings in hieroglyphics. He translated them by means of a pair of magic spectacles which the Lord delivered to him at the same time that the golden tablets were turned up. But nobody but Joe himself ever saw the golden tablets or the far-seeing spectacles. He dictated the book, concealed behind a curtain, and it was written down by Cowdery. This course seemed to be rendered necessary by the fact that Joe did not know how to write. Otherwise the book might have gone to the printer in the handwriting of Old Mormon himself. It is now pretty well established that the "Book of Mormon" was written in 1812 by the Rev. Solomon Spalding. of Ohio, as a popular romance. He could not find anyone to print it. The manuscript was sent to Pittsburg, where it lay in a printing-office several years. Spalding was never able to raise the money to secure the printing of the story, and after his death in 1824 [sic - 1816] it was returned to his wife. By some means, exactly how is not known, it fell into the hands of one Sidney Rigdon, who, with Joe Smith, concocted the scheme by which it was subsequently brought out as the work of Smith. The dealings with the outside world in respect to it were manipulated by Hiram Smith, an elder brother of Joe.
Volume 93. Pittsburgh, Friday, Nov. 22, 1878. No. 103.
RIGDON -- On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 20th, 1878, Mrs. SARAH RIGDON, wife of the late Carvil Rigdon, aged 82 years.
Volume LXV. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, January 8, 1879. No. 19.
It will be gratifying to the whole country to learn on the 6th inst. the Supreme Court at Washington unanimously affirmed the constitutionality of the act of Congress prohibiting polygamy in the Territories. The decision of the court in Utah, in which a Mormon was convicted of bigamy, was affirmed. It only remains for the Government to enforce this righteous law.
Volume LXV. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, January 15, 1879. No. 20.
POLYGAMY AND THE CONSTITUTION.
The decision of the U. S. Supreme Court, rendered on the 6th inst. and briefly reported in last week's BANNER, deserves more than a passing reference which was all we could then give it. Like most other evils, polygamy dies hard, and its death struggle is not over. A great point, however, has been gained in the fact that the Third District Court of Utah, in whose jurisdiction this test case originated, and on appeal the Supreme Court of Utah Territory, and on further appeal the Supreme Court of the United States have all decided, as indeed would seem to have been inevitable, that the law of Congress, enacted in 1862, prohibiting bigamy in the Territories, is constitutional. This law provided that "every person having a husband or wife living, who marries another, whether married or single, in a Territory or other place over which the United States have exclusive jurisdiction, is guilty of bigamy, and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500, and shall be imprisoned for a term of not more than five years." In this statute nothing is said of polygamy, or, as the Mormons designate it, "plural marriage;" but as, according to other precedents, the "plural" husband may be punished for each offence, the subject must be one of peculiar interest in Utah just now for those miscreants who have "pluraled" from ten to twenty times.
Vol. III. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, February 5, 1879. Whole No. 781.
Origin of Mormonism.
For the Reporter.
No. 1797. Pittsburgh, Thurs. Evening, Feb. 6, 1879. 3 Cents.
A NEW CLAIM OF AUTHORSHIP.
Important Researches at Amity Authorized
From Utah -- The Story of
Rev. Solomon Spaulding --
Some New Facts.
The little town of Amity, a few miles up the Monongahela River, was the birth place of Mormonism. For many years Sidney Rigdon was thought to have written the Book of Mormon, afterward elaborated by Joe Smith, and made the basis of the faith or system of the Utah Colony, but some investigations lately made at Amity by Dr. W. W. Sharp, under authority from Salt Lake City, have brought out a new story about the origin of the book. Dr. Sharp writes as follows to the Reporter of Washington, Pa.
Volume 93. Pittsburgh, Saturday, Feb. 8, 1879. No. 169.
A QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP.
A correspondent of the Washington, Pa., Reporter, Dr. W. W. Sharp, has given an interesting account of his attempt to investigate the origin of the Book of Mormon. It is nothing less than surprising to find able editors even of city journals characterizing Dr. Sharp's statement as "a new story about the origin of the book." As we have said, the account is interesting, but its interest consists wholly or chiefly in the fact that the writer repeats with apparent fidelity the narrative of an aged, though still competent witness, respecting facts often before related. That the book out of which the Book of Mormon was concocted was the work of the Rev. Solomon Spalding, a Congregationalist clergyman, has been frequently asserted with the allegation of evidence more or less satisfactory. Mr. Spalding, disqualified for his professional labors by ill health, spent many of the latter years of his life in the village of Amity in this State, where, it seems he kept a decent public house or tavern for subsistence. He died in 1816, and Dr. Sharp has lately conversed with an old man, Mr. Miller, who knew him well, and who retains a distinct recollection of the style and general tenor of the manuscript which has been so often mentioned as the source of the Book of Mormon. The style of the manuscript was an imitation of the style of the King James version of the Bible, and the tenor of it was a romantic history of those lost races or tribes who formerly inhabited this country, and of whom the mysterious mounds of the Mississippi valley are supposed to be the remains. Mr. Miller has seen the Book of Mormon, and not only the style recalled the Spalding manuscript, but he at once recognized the tribal name of the Nephites as a name used in the romance. Other details proving the general identity of the two books were, if we mistake not, attested years ago by other persons who knew Spaulding and had read or heard his novel.
No. 1799. Pittsburgh, Thurs. Evening, Feb. 8?, 1879. 3 Cents.
The Early Saint of the Mormon Church. --
One Who Heard Him Preach Here.
To the Editor of the Telegraph.
Vol. 93. Pittsburgh, Monday, February 10, 1879. No. 170.
THE MORMON PROBLEM.
Salt Lake, Utah, February 8. -- At a meeting of the Anti-Polygamy Society today the following memorial to Congress was adopted:
Vol. 93. Pittsburgh, Tuesday, February 11, 1879. No. 171.
HE WANTS TO BE A MORMON.
A Mormon woman in Salt Lake has received a letter from a man in Connecticut, in which he asks: "How do you morman wimin git along these hard times[?] I read in the papers you have held a meeting to stand up for your Rights and moral caricter if a man has two or three wives do they all agree well are the mormans good to the poor and help them[?] Do they have Schools to teach their Children to Read[?] is there many unmarried wimin in utah[?] how many wives canaman have if I should come out there I should like to keep school[.] I am a Batchelder never was married Could I find two or three wives[?] do you know of enny that I could get if you do will you write and let me know and tell me what their names are?"
Volume LXV. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, February 12, 1879. No. 24.
THE MORMON PROBLEM.
In another column will be seen what there is much reason to believe is a true history of the origin of the Mormon Bible." It will be read with the closest attention.
Vol. III. Washington, Pa., Friday, February 14, 1879. Whole No. 783.
MORMONISM BY SPAULDING.
We publish in this issue the facts in relation to the origin of the Book of Mormon. It is a curious piece of history which persons yet living can verify. It is due to those who have been deceived by this imposture; to the country under whose institutions it has become so powerful and so insolent, and to christianity which it presumes to supplant as "the church of the latter day saints of Jesus Christ," that some permanent memorial shall be erected to identify and make clear the time, place and circumstances of [its] origin. Solomon Spalding, as a man or as a preacher, is not entitled to any special notice save as the innocent author of a system of religion, which it is fair to do a great amount of harm to us as a people and a government. The system is a fraud, although it claims a divine origin, and while the living witnesses of this imposture still exist, some efforts should be made to mark the spot where its author lies, in such a manner as will identify it as a historical fact. In a few years the grave of Spaulding will only be known by tradition, nothing being left to mark the place. The living witnesses will have died, and then in time, it may be a question in the minds of many, whether such a man really lived, and whether the origin of the Book of Mormon is not a fiction. In the name of Christianity which it shames, a monument should be reared as a protest against the imposture which threatens to mislead so many simple-minded people, and to involve our country in evils of the greatest magnitude. The different christian churches should unite and place a durable monument of granite upon the grave of Spaulding as a permanent memorial which will remind the people of the outrages and crimes perpetrated in the name of a religion which claims to be divine. The christianity of Washington county owes it to itself and the country that this memorial shall be solemnly made. A few hundred dollars thus invested will rear a monument which will be permanent protest against the claims of "the latter day Saints" of Utah.
Vol. 93. Pittsburgh, Monday, Feb. 17, 1879. No. 176.
QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP AGAIN.
We publish to-day two short letters which have been called forth by our article of some days ago respecting the origin of the Book of Mormon. To these communications we respectfully invite the attention of readers, of readers especially who, by reason of age or circumstances, may feel qualified to shed light, however slight or incidental, upon the curious and really important subject to which they relate. It is, indeed, not altogether creditable to Americans that the question raised so many years ago regarding the composition of the Book of Mormon was not long ago fully cleared up. The truth seems to be that in consequence of their proximity to the thing and of their contempt for its mean associations, Americans have failed to view the progress of Mormonism with the thoughtful interest it has awakened in the minds of philosophical foreigners. We have needed the hazy glamour which results from distance in time or place to see the phenomenon in its true character. And yet, if fifty years ago, any person had exercised his imagination in anticipating and portraying even in shadowy outline, the rise and growth of the imposture as one of the possibilities of our American future, the dream or prediction would have been deemed too monstrously extravagant even to amuse. Every rational and tolerably knowing person would have said that the time had passed for such things to happen in Christendom -- that they pertained to a much earlier age of the world. But here in the latter part of the nineteenth century, in a land covered with a network of railways and telegraph wires, we have Mormonism to deal with as a portentous reality. Missionaries of the sect are busy gathering converts in almost every corner of the Christian world, whom, from time to time, they convert in multitudes through our cities of churches and schools, to their Promised Land in the West. Nor are signs wanting that, in full view of its past and its increasing vitality, Americans in general seem unable to take in the full dangerous import of the movement.
Vol. III. Washington, Pa., Wednesday, February 19, 1879. Whole No. 793.
Messrs. Editors Reporter: -- The article in your paper about Dr. Solomon Spaulding and his relation to the book of Mormon, has created some interest in Pittsburgh. One paper invites articles from persons who have any information about it and Sidney Rigdon's relation to it. There may be some persons in our county who can give us valuable information on this subject. Please call them out, that we may know all about it and in the future have a correct history concerning it. The Latter Day Saints and the Mormons, with their "Book" are not to be overcome with a "get thee behind me." We want stubborn facts and hard logic, and any of our citizens who have this kind of merchandise will do a world of good by bringing it forward. These people are bold and aggressive and meeting with success. Hundreds upon hundreds are embracing it. The old country is sending ship after ship loaded with them. Their zeal and their sacrifices put to shame the advocates of a better cause. If any of our old citizens possess any facts or unpublished truths concerning the origin of this book and expose its fallaciousness, many in the ages to follow, will call him blessed. It is truth believed and obeyed which exculpates man in the grand assize and sanctifies him while yet in the "patience of hope."
No. 18?? Pittsburgh, Thurs. Evening, March 27, 1879. 3 Cents.
FACT VERSUS FAITH.
To the Editor of the Telegraph:
Here follows the text of the original Davison-Storrs
The above has been carefully compared with a transcript taken from the files of the Boston Recorder, to secure an accurate copy of so important a document. A typographical error occurred in the Recorder, in Which "Mormon preacher" was printed "woman preacher." The correction has been made on the authority of Rev. D. R. Austin, who acted as amanuensis for Mrs. Davison.
Vol. XXX. Warren, Pennsylvania, Friday, April 4, 1879. No. 32.
Origin of the Mormon Bible.
The real author of the book of Mormon was Rev. Solomon Spaulding, a graduate of Dartmouth College in 1785. His health failing, he engaged in business, and, in 1809 was living at Conneaut, O., where there are numerous Indian mounds. He then wrote a romance, setting forth the not new theory that the North American Indians were representatives of the lost tribes of Israel. Mr. Spaulding took advantage of his surroundings and connected his story with the relics which were found in the mounds. In a fictitious introduction to his novel which he entitled "The Manuscript Found," he speaks of the book as one of the exhumed relics of a past age. He makes use of the Scripture style of expression. He tells of the departure from Palestine of a Jewish father, Lehi, and his four sons, Laman, Samuel, Lemuel and Nephi, of the various journeys and their voyage to this Western Continent. Dissension and division are frequent. The descendants of the brothers develop into hostile tribes. Then came quarrels and wars, and finally a decisive battle, and in short, the substance of all that is found in the "Golden Bible" of Joseph Smith. Indeed the Book of Mormon seems to be only a modified but mutilated edition of Rev. Mr. Spaulding's "Manuscript Found." There is abundant internal evidence that the later is a reproduction of the earlier work. Spaulding used to read the chapters of his story to his neighbors, who were deeply interested in its progress, and were greatly entertained by the ingenuity of the author. He worked upon it three years, or until 1812, when he moved to Pittsburg, Pa. There he put his manuscript into the hands of a printer by the name of Patterson. He expected to publish the book and it was announced in the papers in 1813 as forthcoming. It never was published, however, probably because Spaulding had not the money to pay the bills. Spaulding died in 1816. The original copy was returned to his widow who kept it until the Book of Mormon was published, and then she produced it in proof of her assertion that Joseph's pretended revelation was a fraud. In the Boston Journal, of May 18, 1839, she told the story of the Manuscript. The evidence is complete that Smith discovered only what he and some associate had hidden in a box of their own making in a hole of their own digging. Smith came into possession of a copy of the work of Spaulding made by Sidney Rigdon, a workman in Patterson's printing office. Rigdon confessed the fact afterward when he was cut off from the Mormon Church by Brigham Young. The three witnesses also quarreled with Joseph and Rigdon, and confessed to having sworn falsely. Rigdon, on leaving the work of printer became a preacher of peculiar doctrines. Smith had quite a large following in certain views peculiarly his, and these two religious Ishmaelites coming together, set to work to give the world a new Bible. Smith, adding what was suited to his purpose, dictated Spaulding's story to Oliver Cowdrey from behind a screen, and the work was done, "and palmed off upon a company of poor deluded fanatics as divine."
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., Wednesday, June 11, 1879. No. ?
As will be seen by the minutes elsewhere, the Historical Society has appointed a committee to take measures to perpetuate the memory of Rev. Solomon Spaulding, a citizen of this county and the author of the so-called Bible of the Mormons. The collection of marvelous statements which make up that wonderful piece of sacred fiction was written, it is generally believed by the above gentleman as a sort of intellectual gymnastic exercise, and to pass away the idle hours, never thinking it would become the standard of faith for a people gathered from all parts of the world controlling one of the richest territories belonging to the United States. The work was never printed, but the manuscript was left to careless hands as a thing of no value. How Joe Smith, the high priest of Mormonism, got possession of it, we have not heard, but it is said that it can be clearly proven that the story which Solomon Spaulding, the Washington county preacher, wrote for fun, is substantially the same that Joseph Smith, the apostle of polygamy, palmed off for gospel. The work of this committee will be, in addition to making this fact well understood beyond quibble, to devise some permanent memorial of the obscure country preacher, who, however unwittingly, shaped the foundation stones for the religion of Utah.
Volume LXV. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, August 13, 1879. No. 50.
THE MORMON QUESTION.
At last hope is awakened that something decisive is about to be done by the Government in relation to the Mormon iniquties which have been such a foul blot on the land. It is well known that the additions to Mormonism are mostly from Europe, obtained for the most part under false pretences, and in expectation of light labor and comfortable living. If this importation can be stopped a long step will have been taken towards solving the Mormon problem.
Volume LXV. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, August 20, 1879. No. 51.
The London Times having editorially on the 12th inst. objected to the circular of the U. S. Government on Mormon emigration, on the ground that any interference with Mormons would be a kind of inquisition into religious opinions, the attention of President Hays was called to the article, and he is reported to have said that the circular must have been misunderstood, that it does not make the slightest reference to religion, and that it invites the co-operation of foreign governments in discouraging Mormon emigration, for the protection of their own deluded subjects as well as to prevent an influx into this country of persons coming with criminal intent. Whatever other governments may do in the matter, our own government is determined to enforce the laws against bigamy, and in this is entitled to the support of all good citizens.
Vol. IX. Greenville, Pennsylvania, Thursday, August 21, 1879. No. 35.
ROMANCE OF MORMONISM.
MONTROSE, July 28, 1879. -- Some time about the year 1820 an indolent and ignorant adventurer, known as Joe Smith, made his advent into what is now Oakland, one of the extreme northern townships of this county. It borders on the New York State line and is divided by the Susquehanna river as it forms its great bend, from which a thrifty village on the Erie railway takes its name.
Vol. IV. Washington, Pa., Friday, August 29, 1879. Whole No. 957.
THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF THE TEN MILE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES. -- At an early hour on the morning of the 28th of August, 1879, the people began to assemble... The second address was by the Rev. Dr. Allison, Editor of the Presbyterian Banner. His subject was "The Life and Service of the Rev. Dr. Dodd, the Founder of the Ten Mile Churches."... followed by a stirring speech from Cephas Dodd McFarland, Esq., of Baltimore, great grand son of the old pioneer. Dr. Hays, President of the W[ashington] and J[efferson] College, was next introduced, and diverging from the immediate subject of the occasion, directed the attention of the people to the fact that Mormonism was a delusion in the land that had its origin, in the perversion of a novel, written by the Rev. Solomon Spaulding, whose grave in their neighboring church yard he visited that morning.
Volume LXVI. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, September 10, 1879. No. 2.
Any one having a copy of "Mormonism Unveiled," published by the author, E. D. Howe, in Painesville, O., in 1834 (and in 1840), to dispose of, may hear of a purchaser by addressing the PRESBYTERIAN BANNER.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Friday, February 20, 1880. No. ?
In reply to many criticisms, Mr. Smith, the Mormon preacher of Pittsburgh, sends us a small letter of about forty pages, which he requests us to print as 'an act of justice' to him. * * * We have to be just to our readers as well as to Mr. Smith, and can not therefore surrender the space where they have a right to look for news, to the missionary efforts of any sect whatever. It should be sufficient hustice to Elder Smith to say right now and here, as we frankly do, that the evidence by which it is sought to prove that 'Joe' Smith or Sidney Rigdon stole the manuscript copy of Rev. Solomon Spaulding's romance, and made the Book of Mormon out of it, is FATALLY DEFECTIVE. The thing can not be proved. The Mormons SUCCESSFULLY RIDDLE the testimony of those who assert it, and very fairly demand that Spaulding's romance be produced and the comparison made or the slander be dropped. The fact that this romance. though alleged to have remained in Gentile hands, never has been produced, and can not be now, is prima facie evidence that it is not the original of the Book of Mormon.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, February ? 1880. No. ?
... I paid him [D. P. Hurlbut] a visit at his home in Gibsonville, Sandusky county, Ohio, in August, 1879, and interviewed him in reference to his connection with the Spaulding manuscript. He said that he did receive the manuscript from the widow of Spaulding in 1834 [sic - 1833?], which manuscript he gave to E. D. Howe of Painesville, P., but declares his entire ignorance of the contents of that manuscript. He says this was the only Spaulding Manuscript he ever had in his possession. Mr. Howe states that this manuscript was not the one known as the 'Manuscript Found,' but was on an entirely different subject...
Vol. XXXIV. Warren, Pa.. Friday, August 27, 1880. No. 1.
In the last issue of Scribner's is an article which professes to show that the Morman religion is based on a romance written in this century, and which was made public by a disreputable young scamp who by some means got possession of the manuscript. The subject may be familiar to some of our readers, but it is certainly new to many. The principal part of the Scribner article is an affidavit of Mrs. McKinstry, the daughter of Rev. Mr. Spaulding. Mrs. McKinstry is now living in Washington, but has a clear recollection of the facts which she gives to the public through one of her nephews. About 1812 Mr. Spaulding removed to Conneaut, Ohio, and while there became interested in the curious mounds which abound in that section of country. He caused several to be opened, and inspired by the findings wrote a romance, entitled, "Manuscript Found." He sent this to Mr. Patterson, of Pittsburgh, a printer, who kept it in his possession for several years, and finally returned it without publication. In Mr. Patterson's employ was a man named Rigdon, the famous Mormon apostle in after years. The manuscript of the romance was left in an open trunk for many years after Mr. Spaulding's death, and the trunk was also stored in the house of Mr. Sabine, for whom Joseph Smith, afterwards the Mormon leader, drove team. This Joseph Smith about 1824 began talking of religious revelations and a new religion founded on a "seer stone" which he had discovered. Some years after the "Mormon bible" was printed and Mr. Spaulding's brother, his daughters, wife and others who had heard the story of the "Manuscript Found" read, declared the two were identical, but as the trunk containing this manuscript, with other papers of the deceased author was stored at friend's in New York, no actual comparison was made. In after years a man named Hulbert, a Mormon, got possession of the manuscript of the story, and it is said had it destroyed. Joseph Smith, the Mormon leader, and Rigdon, another apostle, were placed in such a position as to have access to the story, and it is presumed that one or the other copied it, and on this romance; written by an Ohio preacher, was rounded the greatest religious sham of the century, and the one which is puzzling the government of the United States.
Vol. LXVII. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, September 1, 1880. No. 1.
Coming Fall of Mormonism.
The Salt Lake Tribune says: "There was a Gentile celebration here on the Fourth of July, and a Mormon celebration on the 24th of the same month. The Mormons are as five to one in the majority, and their effort was to make a showing which should dwarf the display on the Fourth. So far as their procession was concerned they succeeded, but there they stopped. Their crowd marched as veteran soldiers might take up a weary and distasteful march, because they were ordered to. There was no enthusiasm either in the procession or on the streets, when the services were over the participants retired out of sight, save a few that were too drunk to leave. On the Fourth the streets were thronged with young Utah. They were forbitten to take part in the proceedings, but they were here to see what was going on. The difference in the spirit of the two days was most marked, and if we mistake not in a thousand Mormon homes the question has since been asked, 'Why, living in this great Republic, could we not join in celebrating its birthday?' In this respect the little celebration on the Fourth was a grand success; the big celebration on the 24th was a grand failure. The truth is that the iron rule of the Mormon masters, while it seems as firm as ever, is breaking down. The instinct of boys born in America is to gain wealth and honorable name. The instinct of girls born and reared in America is to dress well, to gain knowledge, to mingle with the best society, and to secure as fair and as honorable a husband as possible. Both these instincts are in direct conflict with the Mormon feature of polygamy. And the leaders will in the next few years be forced to decide whether to give up that article of their creed or to see their whole system of fraud tumble to pieces about their ears."
N.S. Vol. IV. Washington, Pa., Friday, Jan. 7, 1881. Whole 1383.
THE BOOK OF MORMON.
The interest attaching to the question, Who wrote the "Book of Mormon?" leads us to publish the following correspondence and communication of Abner Jackson, of Canton, Ohio, through Mr. John Aiken in behalf of the Washington County Historical Society.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Pa., January ? 1881. No. ?
That Plagiarized "Book of Mormon."
The proposed celebration in Washington county in memory of Rev. Solomon Spaulding, author of the "Book of Mormon," is apparently creating considerable comment in religious circles here. It has for many years been announced that Rev. Spaulding was the original author of the Mormon Bible, which is more commonly known as the "Book of Mormon." But now comes a Latter Day Saint, or Mormon preacher, T. W. Smith by name, who for some time past has been preaching in a hall on Fourth avenue in this city. Mr. Smith, in a lengthy communication to a morning paper, makes the astounding statement and furnishes some proof to the effect that Rev. Spaulding was not the author of the "Book of Mormon." He claims that according to common assertions, Rev. Spaulding wrote in 1812 a romance which he called "Manuscript Found," and that about 1814 the manuscript was sent to a Mr. Patterson of Pittsburg, who kept a printing office in the city. It was also calimed that one Sidney Rigdon, having access to the office of Mr. Patterson, copied the manuscript, and that he and Joseph Smith subsequently had it published to the world as the "Book of Mormon." T. W. Smith further says:
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., Wednesday, January 12, 1881. No. ?
THE BOOK OF MORMON.
From Scribner's Monthly.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Monday, January 24, 1881. No. ?
MENTOR & MORMONISM.
Special Correspondence of The Telegraph.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Monday, February 7, 1881. No. ?
Sydney Rigdon Again.
To the Editor of The Telegraph.
Vol. II. Connellsville, Friday, April 8, 1881. No. 37.
NEAR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS NOTES.
The tombstone of Solomon Spaulding who lies buried in the graveyard at Amity, Washington county, had been broken and carried away by relic hunters. Spaulding is noted as being the author of a romance from which the Book of Mormon was afterwards compiled. A new zinc monument will be erected over his grave.
Vol. LXVIII. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, August 31, 1881. No. 1.
WASHINGTON COUNTY CENTENNIAL
The County of Washington, Pa., will celebrate the centennial anniversary of its organization next week, in the town of Washington, when there is expected to be an immense collection of its present inhabitants and also its sons and daughters from all parts of the United States...
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., Wednesday, September 14, 1881. No. ?
Rev. Dr. Allison, the able editor of the Banner, apropos of the coming Washington county centennial, has written the following interesting paper...
Vol. LXVIII. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, February 1, 1882. No. 23.
THE MORMON MONSTROSITY.
Public attention is now directed, in a degree never heretofore equaled, to the growing abomination of polygamy in Utah. This increase of interest is easily accounted for, by the amazing rapidity with which this iniquity has been recently extending and by the insolent daring with which the Mormons continue in the most open way to violate the natural laws and to defy the power of the national Government. The mass of our people are incensed not only with this new rebellion, but also with the shameful truckling with which politicians of both parties have yielded to Mormon arrogance.
Vol. LXVIII. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, March 1, 1882. No. 27.
THE HAND-BOOK ON MORMONISM.
The Hand-Book on Mormonism will not be ready for distribution before Feb. 25th. This delay is occasioned by a delay in getting paper from the East. The book is now in press, and the Hoe Cylinder is working day and night on the first edition of 20,000 copies. Orders are coming in from all parts of the country. These will be filled in the order of their reception. Those wishing the book should send in their orders as soon as possible. A second edition will follow the first as soon as necessary,
Vol. 96. Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 6, 1882. No. 241.
EICHBAUM -- On Thursday evening, May 4th, 1882, at 9 o'clock, Mrs. REBECCA J. EICHBAUM, widow of William Eichbaum, in the 90th year of her age.
Vol. LXVIII. Pittsburgh, November 15, 1882. No. 12.
FROM A VETERAN RULING ELDER.
Redick McKee, Esq., well known to many of our older readers in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, writes for us, Nov. 6th, from Washington, D. C., where he has been residing for a few years past, a private letter, from which we make the following extracts which have a general interest.
Vol. X. Wilkes-Barre, Pa., December 8, 1882. No. 38.
Jo. Smith's Mormon Temple.
SALT LAKE, Dec. 7. -- A couple of Saints from Salt Lake city have been in Susquehanna, Penn., the present week, exploring the site and surroundings of Joseph Smith's Mormon temple, of which a few traces remain. Their visit reminds the oldest inhabitant of Susquehanna, Mr. Buck, that he saw the original Mormon, heard him expound and witnessed his attempt to repeat the miracle of walking on the water. Joseph had erected a submerged sidewalk in the river, about two miles west of Susquehanna, and advertised the coming miracle far and near. The night before the performance some persons cut out a section of the planking and the assembled multitude had the pleasure of seeing the prophet almost drowned.
Vol. LXIX. Pittsburgh, April 11, 1883. No. 33.
THE MORMON CELEBRATION.
The village of Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio, is now the scene of a large gathering of that portion of Mormons who repudiate polygamy and other abominations of the Utah branch. Kirtland became, in 1830, the headquarters of the Mormon delusion, and continued to be their centre of operations until the hostility of the surrounding population, occasioned by the dishonest practices of the Mormon leaders, compelled them to seek a home elsewhere. In 1834 Independence, Mo., was selected as the site for the Mormon Zion; in 1835 Joseph Smith disposed of the greater part of his Kirtland property, but seems not to have abandoned that place until January, 1838, when he and Sidney Rigdon, having been arrested on charges of swindling, escaped by night from the sheriff and fled on horseback to Missouri, (Tucker's Origin of Mormonism, p. 155.) During their stay at Kirtland, the Mormons erected their first temple, at a cost of about $50,000, and in this long deserted tabernacle their followers are now holding their reunion. It is reported that a recent decision of a lawsuit has settled the title to this property in the Latter Day Saints, and it is added that they now propose to hold it permanently and use it as a place for an annual convention.
Vol. LXX. Pittsburgh, February 13, 1884. No. 25.
THE BOOK OF MORMON.
The authorship of the historical portions of the Book of Mormon has been attributed by all except Mormons themselves to Rev. SOLOMON SPAULDING, who composed it as a romance purporting to give the origin and history of the Indians of this continent, Mr. Spaulding came to Pittsburgh in 1812 and remained until 1814, for the express purpose of effecting the publication of his story, but in this attempt was unsuccessful. He died at Amity, Washington County, Pa., in 1816. What became of his manuscript is a question which has occasioned no small discussion. The prevailing belief is that SIDNEY RIGDON, one of the earliest Mormon leaders, and the most successful in gaining adherents for this imposture at its introduction, had obtained possession of Mr. Spaulding's manuscript, altered it in some places to suit his purposes, and added to it largely from his own erratic theological opinions, thus forming the Book of Mormon.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 18, 1884. No. ?
WHAT SIDNEY RIGDON'S DAUGHTER, NOW
It will be remembered by our readers that just previous to the commencement of the debate with Rev. McVey on the Mormon question, Rev. W. R. Coovert stated to a Leader reporter that Sidney Rigdon, a former resident of Pittsburg, had stolen the manuscript of the Mormon Bible, which had been written by a Doctor Spaulding, of Ohio, as a romance and which the latter had left with a publisher named Patterson, father of the editor of the Presbyterian Banner; that after stealing it he submitted it to Joseph Smith, of Palmyra, N. Y., who, in connection with Rigdon, published it and palmed it off as a revelation from God.
Vol. V. Connellsville, Friday, May 30, 1884. No. 45.
CATFISH AND HIS CAMP.
Little Washington, the capital of the wool county, has quite a history. The original name of this town was Bassettown, and it originally belonged to Strabane township, one, of the thirteen original townships of the county, created in 1781. Washington county was the first county formed by the legislature of Pennsylvania after the Declaration of Independence had been promulgated to all nations and Pennsylvania had assumed her rank and place as a free and Independent state, and hence it was named after immortal Washington. The name of the town was changed permanently to Washington on the 4th of November, 1784, the date at which the second plot of the town was made. A small stream running through the southern and western portion of the town bears the name of Catfish run. On this ground was the camp of Chief Catfish. The stream, the land and the town all derived their name from this celebrated chief whose Indian name was Tingroegua, He belonged to the Kuskuskee tribe of Indians and occupied the hunting grounds between the Allegheny mountains and the Ohio rivor. Catfish was present and made a speech at the conference held in Philadelphia, December 4th, 1789, at which Governor Hamilton and his council, with chiefs from Wyoming, Delaware and Kuskuskee Indians were present.
Vol. LXXI Pittsburgh, March 11, 1885. No. 36.
MORMONISM AND THE BIBLE.
EDITORS BANNER: -- Mr. E. R. Perkins, of Cleveland, in a late issue of the Leader, says: "Mormonism claims to believe the Bible and the Book of Mormon." Had Mr. Perkins said Mormonism pretends to receive the Bible, but receives the Book of Mormon as the Word of God, he would have hit the matter. Proof that the Mormons do not receive the Bible as the Word of God: The first witness I adduce is W. W. Blair, a prominent Mormon elder and author. He says, in a book called "Joseph the Seer," published by the Board of Publication of the Reorganized Church of Christ: "The evident object in giving what is called the Inspired Translation, was to relieve the Scriptures of gross and harmful errors of doctrine, morals, history, and to restore valluable portions that have been taken away." One joint of a turkey's leg is enough to show whether the animal is tainted. But Joseph Smith in the history of his Church, written shortly before his death says: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly." We see from this that the Mormon elders who preach from our Bible or Testament are deceiving the people by withholding truth. Should they tell the people when on their preaching tours that they reject our Bible when they get to Utah, but few would be humbugged. But they take a text from the New Testament mostly, I preach "Faith, repentance and baptism by immersion for the remission of sins," with all the zeal of an Alexander Campbell. Had Mr. Campbell never beem born Mormonism never would have cursed this world.
New Holland Clarion.
Vol. XIII. New Holland, Pa., Saturday, March 21, 1885. No. 12.
NOTES OF TRAVEL.
Armed with letters of introduction we sallied forth to see the city. We first stopped at the county court house to find the U. S. Surrogate Judge, and failing in this we were referred to the U. S. Court. In going there we came upon ex-judge Smith of the Municipal Court. He is an elderly man, using crutches and is a first cousin of the original Joseph Smith, of Nauvoo fame, and founder of Mormonism. We also met Mr. Cannon, brother of Geo. Q. Cannon, who was sent to Congress as representative of the territory in that body, but was rejected because he had three wives. We had a very pleasant talk with these and other dignitaries of the church and from them we obtained considerable information; their courtesy will be long remembered. We had been informed that Mormons could be identified as such anywhere, particularly the females; but we saw nothing to indicate a distinguishing feature from Catholic, Episcopalian or other sect, and to this our newly made acquaintances rather humorously alluded. We had also been told that the hatred of the Mormons for the Gentiles was such that the churches, halls, etc., of other than the Mormon denomination were broken into and their windows and interiors destroyed by them, and the inmates interfered with. Our new friends called attention to the churches in view from where we were talking and we did not see anything but evidences of peace and good order. Personal violence in the direction of persecution was in no wise indicated, but these gentlemen when asked whether other than Mormons could purchase property and obtain clear titles, said that they could, but that where there were two applicants, one a Mormon the other a Gentile, the former would receive the preference, for they knew what kind of a neighbor he would be and how far to depend on him in the administration of municipal affairs. We were kindly directed as to objects of interest, even giving us assistance by personal attention. Others to whom we were not introduced were not less kind, not saying, "Go this way or that," but "Come this way and I will show you." These volunteered attentions stamp these people as among the most courteous to strangers that we have ever met.
Vol. 100. Pittsburgh, Thursday, August 13, 1885. No. 14.
THE SPAULDING MANUSCRIPT.
Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 12 -- Elder Stewart, the Philadelphia missionary of the Anti-Polygamist Church of the Latter Day Saints, states that the original and long-lost manuscript of the Scriptural novel written by Rev. Mr. Spaulding has been found. It was from this manuscript that rumor declared that the Book of Mormon was written, instead of being translated, as was alleged, from the golden plates mysteriously delivered to the "Prophet" Smith by the "angel." The manner of discovery was most simple. The publisher to whom the reverend novelist's production was offered had laid the manuscript aside, not deeming it likely to prove remunerative as an investment for his spare cash to give the work to the public.
Vol. LXXII Pittsburgh, September 16, 1885. No. 11.
Spaulding's "Manuscript Found."
Rev. Sereno E. Bishop, of Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, in a contribution to the Independent of the 10th inst., states that a manuscript romance from the pen of Rev. SOLOMON SPAULDING has been discovered at Honolulu. The manuscript is attested by the signature of D. P. Hurlbut, the man who in 1834 rifled the trunk of Mr. Spaulding's widow of all its manuscript contents save one unfinished story. The circumstances attending this discovery seem to leave no room for doubt that this is a veritable Spaulding document; and its contents, as reported by Mr. Bishop, show that it has no connection with "The Book of Mormon." This brief statement comprises all that Mr. Bishop's article adds to our previous knowledge of the origin of Mormonism.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Sunday, December 27, 1885. No. ?
REV. FORSCUTT ON THE SPAULDING MANUSCRIPT.
A communication has been received from Mark H. Forscutt, pastor of Saints' Church, Fourth avenue, with reference to the posthumous story of the late Rev. Solomon Spaulding, upon which the Book of Mormon is by many believed to have been founded. In speaking of the "Manuscript Found," by which the original manuscript of Spaulding's story is known, Mr. Forscutt says: 'The publication of the Manuscript Found uncovers the fraud. Friends of the deceased Spaulding have certified that the historic 'incidents,' in detail, name and all contained therein, (except 'the religious part,' as found in the Book of Mormon,) are identical with those written by Mr. Spaulding in his 'Manuscript Found.' They tell us also that 'the sorrow-stricken widow,' and brother, and friends of 'the revered and lamented' Mr. Spaulding were 'much shocked,' and that the 'widowed wife wept bitterly,' when she and they heard the Book of Mormon read, and saw that his work had been prostituted to 'so base a use;' for they recognized the names of Laban, Lehi, Nephi and others there found as 'names which they remembered very distinctly(!)' precisely as they occured in the Manuscript Found! Now that this precious manuscript is published, the phenomenally excellent memories of Mr. Spaulding's friends, who could accurately remember and succinctly describe, more than twenty years aferwards, what they had casually heard read by the fireside to while away the long winter evenings -- these remarkable memories can now be tested. The only drawback to their memorial powers lies in the two facts: Firstly, That they remembered only after hearing the Book of Mormon read, and after having been admonished of the identity; and secondly, and most damaging of all, that they remembered what had no existence in fact and perjured themselves to destroy, if possible, the calims of that book, for not one of these names that they remembered, so distinctly is in the Manuscript Found, and yet it is the veritable manuscript they certified to. It was possessed by Mr. Howe, and would have been published by him only 'it did not read as they expected it would;' for it was obtained for this purpose from Mrs. Spaulding by D. P. Hurlbut, and handed by him to Howe for publication. It was transferred by Howe in 1839-40 to Mr. L. L. Rice, who has owned it ever since. Will these testators and their publishers now -- will the men be manly enough, the women womanly enough, the publishers honest enough to make the amends honorable? We shall see."
Vol. LXVIII. Pittsburgh, August 25, 1886. No. 8.
SIDNEY RIGDON, formerly a Baptist preacher in this city, became one of the Mormon leaders, and every now and then Mormon missionaries have been sent to this region. A telegram to the Dispatch of this city from McKeesport says: "For some time past a company of men wearing slouch hats and pantaloons bagging heavily at the knees have been tramping up and down the Monongahela Valley. They presented nothing attractive in appearance or in manners or speech. Illiterate and uncouth as they were, still silly women and effeminate men would crowd around them. For some time past they have been holding 'Mormon church' in school houses near Monongahela City. Whenever the announcement was made that the Mormon preachers would hold forth the school houses were crowded with many who came out of curiosity to hear of the doctrine and learn somewhat of the life led in far-off Utah. The missionaries pictured the happy homes and the full coffers of the faithful, and so interested some of their hearers that in several households trouble has arisen." It is charged that several women of whom better things would have been expected have become infatuated with the representationa fiven of Mormon life in Utah.
Vol. LXVIII. Pittsburgh, September 22, 1886. No. 12.
Redick McKee, Esq., well known to many of the older readers of the BANNER, died at Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, on Monday evening, Sept. 13th, in the 86th year of his age. His death was sudden and unexpected. A private letter from him, of Sept. 9th, was received at the BANNER office Sept. 11th, relating to work which he had then in contemplation. Mr. McKee was born Dec. 7, 1800, at McKeesport, Alleghany County, Pa., of which town his father was the proprietor and founder. In early life he was in such delicate health that he was not expected to reach maturity, and for the same reason his school education was limited to about four months. His mother, however, well fulfilled at home the office of a teacher. A few years of life on the farm of an uncle so far invigorated his health that in his 12th year he entered the employment of Messrs. Hugh and James Jelley, who conducted an extensive mercantile business in Pittsburgh. So rapidly did he develop a faculty for business that two years afterwards and whilst in his 14th year, he was entrusted by his employeers with the management of a branch store which they established at Amity, Washington Co., Pa., with a stock of assorted goods amounting to $5,000 or $6,000. Here he remained nearly two years, during the whole of which time he boarded with Rev. Solomon Spaulding, whose name has been so often mentioned in connection with the authorship of "The Book of Mormon."
Vol. LXVIII. Pittsburgh, October 27, 1886. No. 17.
About the Mormons.
Rev. T. Lamb, of the Baptist Church, has spent a year in the study of the Mormon problem and in work upon the Mormons in Utah. In a lecture given in Philadelphia a few evenings ago he mentioned some things respecting the beliefs and character of these strange people not generally known. Mormons believe that the heads of the Church upon earth will become gods after death and that they will create a new world for their followers. They believe that each world has a God and that there is one Supreme God governing all. Adam is supposed to be the God controlling this world. At present the divine Adam makes his revelations to John Taylor, president of the Mormon Church, and Taylor, through his disciples and other subordinates, diffuses the knowledge among the people. The system is so perfect that in a day all the Mormons in Utah may become aware of a new revelation.
Vol. LXVIII. Pittsburgh, April 13, 1887. No. 41.
It is well known that there is a number of Mormons who claim to be followers of Joseph Smith, as his system was originally instituted, who reject the teachings of Brigham Young with regard to plural marriages and many other things. Joseph Smith, Jr., a son of the founder of the original Mormon sect, is the presidig officer of this section of Mormonism, which claims to be the reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints, or the old or original Mormons. They are known as "Josephites," because they claim to be followers of Joseph Smith.
Vol. LXVIII. Pittsburgh, April 27, 1887. No. 43.
A MORMON REVIVAL.
The conference of anti-polygamist Mormons, recently held at Kirtland, Ohio, to which we have heretofore referred, has given evidence of the energy and persistence with which this branch of a deluded sect is exerting itself to win converts, and also of the fact that in some degree it is succeeding in its efforts. The circumstance that these followers of Joseph Smith denounce the polygamous abomination of the Utah Mormons is kept before the public, and is calculated to win for them the reputation of being adherents to a comparatively harmless fanaticism. The public mind should be disabused of this error. Conceding all that has been claimed for them as contrasted with those who adopt and practice the hideous teachings of Brigham Young and his successors, they nevertheless regard as divine the blasphemous pretended revelations of Joseph Smith. Not only so, but if the published reports of the recent proceedings at Kirtland can be relied upon, they still claim that God is making known to them his will by direct special communication.
Vol. XVIII. Greenville, Pennsylvania, Thursday, February 23, 1888. No. 11.
Two Noted Personages In Sharon.
One of the early preachers in the Baptist church of Sharon was Sidney Rigdon. He studied theology under Adamson Bentley at Warren, Ohio, and was inclined to locate permanently at Sharon. James Bentley gave $20 to assist in building him a house. Sidney finally changed his mind and joined the Mormons or Latter Day Saints at Kirtland, Ohio. When the society went west, his hopes of leadership were buoyant. He was the brains of the organization. After the death of Joseph Smith at Nauvoo, Sidney expected to become president of the Saints. In this he was defeated by Brigham Young, a man of but ordinary education but shrewd and popular. He was jealous of Rigdon, and gave him over to the tender mercies of the devil. Rigdon now concluded to reverse the honored maxim of Bishop Berkley -- "westward the course of empire takes its way." He came to Pittsburg where he interested a number of capitalists and proselytes in the enterprise of establishing a community of Latter Day Saints somewhere in the Keystone State. He went to the beautiful Cumberland Valley and selected a farm of 393 acres a mile from the town of Greencastle, Franklin county. Standing on the stone bridge which spans the beautiful Conococheague Creek, he said to some of his followers as he cast his eyes over the rich farm of Andrew G. McClanahan: "Over there is to be the home of the Saints -- the future city of the Great King." The property was purchased for $14,600. An advance payment of $6,600 was made, and a mortgage for the remainder was executed. In a short time, Sidney Rigdon, Judge Richards, Ebenezer Robinson and a hundred and fifty converts joined in establishing the coloney. A paper was started, preaching was done regularly by Rigdon in the barn and elsewhere. For nearly two years things went on grandly. Great opposition was encountered. The Scotch Irish were not easily converted to the views of the Latter Day Saints. McClanahan finally foreclosed his mortgage, and compelled the colony to disperse. Thus ended the effort to start Mormonism in Pennsylvania -- the pet enterprise of one of Sharon's ancient preachers, Sidney Rigdon....
Vol. 44. Pittsburgh, Saturday, August 10, 1889. No. ?
A BOLD MORMON.
Nashville, August 9. The Mormon trouble in "Wilson county has been settled temporarily by the expulsion of one of the most active of the proselyting elders. The excitement, however, has by no means subsided, and the remaining elders are threatened with coats of tar and feathers if they, too, do not clear out. The elder who was driven from the county delivered an exordium Sunday. He told his sympathizers that the Mormons owned the country: that they were preparing to take it by force, and that the church was organizing an army for that purpose and to punish scoffers and with death. Said he:
Vol. 44. Pittsburgh, Saturday, November 16, 1889. No. ?
Several Mormons have lately applied for citizenship and objection has been raised on the ground that Mormons who pass through the Endowment House are obliged to take oaths such as unfit them for citizenship. The Utah Court is taking testimony on this point, and several apostate Mormons have made, under oath, terrible accusations against the Church. They say that persons admitted through the Endowment House swear to obey tbe priesthood above all other powers on earth, and to aim at the destruction of tbe United States Government. The penalty for violating or divulging oaths is to have the bowels cut out and the throat and tongue cut, and several witnesses swore that they had seen this done. They also testified that the Mormon Church instigated the Mountain Meadow massacre.
Vol. 44. Pittsburgh, Sunday, November 17, 1889. No. ?
THE BOOK OF MORMON.
The village of Amity, Washington county, is an insignificant and altogether unattractive place. No tradition of a thrilling or romantic character clings to the little town, but still like most other small places, its history contains one fact, which distinguishes it from other villages and which at the same time has served to make it widely known. This one fact is that Rev. Solomon Spaulding, the reputed author of the Mormon Bible lived, died and was buried there 78 years ago.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Saturday, November 30, 1889. No. ?
A USEFUL LIFE ENDED.
Prof. Robert Patterson who was stricken with paralysis on last Monday afternoon, died at his home in Sewickley at 4:30 o'clock yesterday morning. The deceased was among the thoroughly educated men of the country, and as a writer was particularly brilliant. He was born in Pittsburgh on October 17, 1821, and received his education at Canonsburg Academy and Jefferson College, graduating in 1841. He studied law, but never practiced the profession, but devoted himself to mathematics. He held chairs in that branch in Jefferson College, In Oakland College, Mississippi, and Center College, Danville, Ky.
Vol. 44. Pittsburgh, Saturday, November 30, 1889. No. ?
DEATHS OF A DAY.
Prof. Robert Patterson, one of the editors of the _Presbyterian Banner,_ who had been ill for several days with paralysis, died yesterday morning at 4 o'clock at his home in Sewickley. The funeral will take place from the First Presbyterian Church on Wood street at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. Dr. Passavaant, pastor or the English Lutheran Church, and Dr. Campbell, of Sewlckler, two of the late editor's most intimate friends, will officiate. The remains will be interred in the Allegheny Cemetery.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Monday, December 2, 1889. No. ?
PATTERSON -- At his residence, in Sewickley, Pa., ROBERT PATTERSON, on Firday, November 19, 1889, at 4 o'clock A.M., in the 69th year of his age.
Vol. 44. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, December 4, 1889. No. ?
OUR MAIL POUCH.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Vol. 45. Pittsburgh, Saturday, October 25, 1890. No. ?
THE CRITIC'S REVIEW.
...Mr. Thomas Gregg, who published the second newspaper printed west of the Mississippi, and who lived next door to the Mormon movement in Illinois, has his opinion of that whole business, and has no hesitation in expressing it That "long legged, tow-headed boy who spent most of his time fishing in the mill pond at Duriee's grist mill, on Mud creek," and was known among the neighbors as Joe Smith, was an idle fellow from the start, Mr. Gregg says. Everybody in Palmyra knew Joe Smith, and when he took to digging for hidden treasure in the hills about the town nobody was surprised. That was like Smith. He was always wanting to get rich without earn ing any money. Then when he declared that he had seen an angel, and that the angel had showed him certain gold plates, "each plate six inches wide and eight inches long, and not quite so thick as common tin, filled with engravings in Egyptian characters, and bound together in a volume as the leaves of a book, with three rings running through the whole" when Joe Smith was now grown to manhood, six feet high, long-legged and with big feet, his hair turned from tow color to light auburn, with large eyes of bluish gray, a prominent nose and queer mouth -- when this Palmyra idler revealed this marvelous vision, nobody paid attention to him. It was just Joe Smith.
Vol. 46. Pittsburgh, Monday, September 28, 1891. No. ?
PITTSBURG'S GOOD MORMONS.
It is refreshing, in these days of half belief and no-belief, to encounter now and then a faithful soul, who believes not only in the Bible, but in the Book of Mormon. There are quite a number of Mormons resident here in Pittsburg. Once in awhile a Mormon elder makes them a visit, spends a week or two in theso parts, and holds prayer meetings in their houses. These Pittsburg Mormons are, most of them, pretty good Christians. I met one of them the other day at the West Penn Hospital. He had been knocked off the top of a freight car at 6:30 that morning. One leg was cut off at the thigh, and the other was horribly mangled, and the poor fellow died in the afternoon. But from what he said, I think he went to just about the same place to which good Christians hope to go. I have no doubt but that one of the "many mansions" up above got a new tenant that day, who probably learned something in the first five minutes after death about the Book of Mormon.
Vol. 47. Pittsburgh, Monday, February 29, 1892. No. ?
A DEFENSE OF MORMONISM.
Elder W. H. Bond, a minister in the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, appeared in Goeddel's Hall in the East End last night, to answer the lecture of the Rev. Dr. Passavant on "The Inside View of Mormonism." Elder Bond's argument was abusive of Dr. Passavant and was chiefly a defense of the "Book of Mormon." He denied in vigorous language that Sydney Rigdon had stolen a copy of the manuscript of Solomon Spalding's novel from a Pittsburg printing office and characterized what is generally believed as the origin of Joseph Smith's "Golden Bible" as an invention of the enemies of Mormonism.
Vol. XXVII. Washington, Penn., Thursday, Oct. 28, 1897. No. 86.
THE TOWN OF AMITY.
There is prhaps no other hamlet in Washington county or even in Western Pennsylvania where there has been so many stirring events and notable gatherings, and which is so historically connected with important events as the little town of Amity, situated midway between Waynesburg and Washington. The hamlet has had 100 years of existence but there has been no big celebration to recall the fact, no relic displays to mark its historic events and no history written to recall its many important gatherings. Aside from its connection with the origin of the Mormon bible, Amity is an interesting town from many other points of view. The land now occupied by the village was formerly owned by Daniel Dodd, who in June, 1897, laid out 22 lots for a town. Three of the lots were sold in July, 1797, and later a deed was recorded for lot No. 13, in which the consideration was $11.50. The growth of the "town of good will" was slow. The town never took a boom nor did anything arise that turned the people from their accustomed and steady ways. As early as 1807 John Cooke was licensed to keep a tavern and the "wayside inns" were important places in the old town. In the business traffic that was carried on between Waynesburg and Washington Amity stood as the midway point on the line and the traveling public stopped off there for meals and lodging. A bar was attached to the ancient taverns and consequently they were much frequented by the population at large. In the days before the war the Washington county attorneys would travel on horseback to Waynesburg to attend court. Sessions were held in the autumn and spring when the roads were in the very worst condition. It was a common and somewhat interesting sight to the Amity people to witness such well known attorneys as McKennan, Gough, Montgomery, Watson and other old timers come riding into their town single file and put in at one of the taverns for rest and strength. In 1877 a narrow gauge railroad was put through from Washington to Waynesburg and Amity was no longer the important town of former years.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 10, 1898. No. ?
(article on Solomon Spalding at Amity
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Saturday June 17?, 1899. No. ?
The Rev. W. A. Stanton, in the course of three sermons to be delivered from his pulpit at the Shady Avenue Baptist church, will attempt to prove that Pittsburg is the home of Mormonism. He claims that Joseph Smith, who, tradition has it, was shown through Divine revelation the gold-rimmed palm leaves [sic!] whereon was written the basis of the Mormon doctrine and faith, stole a manuscript formulated by Sidney Rigdon from a Pittsburg printing office, which is the actual foundation of Mormonism. The Rev. Dr. Stanton has been making a special study of this question for more than four years, and claims to have ample proof of his assertions. He lately returned from the Pacific Coast and Salt Lake City, where he had been looking up data on the subject.
Vol. 113. Pittsburgh, Monday, June 19, 1899. No. 279.
EARLY RELIGIOUS HISTORY.
"Campbell, Scott and Rigdon, their Relation to the Early Religious History of Pittsburgh," was the subject of the morning sermon yesterday by the Rev. W. A. Stanton, D.D., of the Shady Avenue Baptist church. A second sermon will discuss "Did Mormonism Begin in Pittsburgh and was Rigdon its Founder?" An extract of the first sermon follows:
Vol. XVI. Pittsburgh, Monday, June 19, 1899. No. 168.
DR. STANTON CLAIMS IT BELONGS
TO THE CITY OF PITTSBURG....
... At the Shady Avenue Baptist church Rev. Dr. W. A. Stanton, in his first of a series of sermons on "Campbell, Scott and Rigdon, and their relation to the early history of Pittsburg," is attempting to prove that Pittsburg is the home of Mormonism. He claims that Joseph Smith, who tradition has it, was shown through divine revelation the gold-rimmed palm leaves [sic!] on which was written the basis of the Mormon doctrine and faith, stole a manuscript formulated by Sidney Rigdon from a Pittsburg printing office, which is the actual foundation of Mormonism. He said in part:
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Monday, June 26, 1899. No. ?
THE EVIDENCE OF HIS CONNECTION WITH THE BOOK OF MORMON.
Rev. W. A. Stanton, D. D., Believes Rigdon Used Solomon Spaulding's Religious Romance to Furnish Material for Joseph Smith's Golden Tablets...
Vol. 113. Pittsburgh, Monday, June 26, 1899. No. 285.
THE BOOK OF MORMON.
Rev. W. A. Stanton, D.D., pastor of the Shady Avenue Baptist church, yesterday morning followed the line of thought he had awakened a week ago regarding the early religious history of Pittsburgh and the probability of its having been the birthplace of Mormonism. The subject of his address yesterday morning was "A Second Chapter in the Early Religious History of Pittsburgh."