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Obvious bias against the Mormons: a very early report...

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June 01, 1831

HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, Northampton, Mass., June 1, 1831 

* Among the earliest of reports to be had
* re. "Book of Mormon" (bible)
* Latter Day Saints movement

The earliest Mormon report we've found in a popular newspaper title is the July 16, 1831 issue of "Niles Weekly Register" which we are currently offering for $370.
This issue pre-dates that report by 1 1/2 months.
An article at the bottom of page 3 is headed: "Mormon Emigration" and notes in part: "About 200 men, women and children of the deluded followers of Jo Smith's Bible speculation, have arrived on our coasts during the last week from the state of Ne York...surely a melancholy comment upon human nature to see so many people at this enlightened age...truckling along at the car of a miserable impostor, submitting themselves, both soul and body, to his spiritual and temporal mandates...Such an abject slavery of the mind may endure for a season, but in due time...the links which bind them will be rent asunder and reason resume her empire."
Four pages, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War