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Mormons buy land in Nauvoo for their new settlement...

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January 11, 1840

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 11, 1840  The back page has a brief yet very significant item reading: "Mormons. The Mormons have purchased a tract of 20,000 acres at the head of the Des Moines rapids of the Mississippi, on both sides of the river, including the town of Commerce. This name is changed to Nauvoo, from the Hebrew. The whole purchase money amounts to $70,000, a large proportion of it on long payments. Joseph Smith, Jr. , Signey Rigdon and Judge Higbee, have started to Washington to petition congress for relief growing out of the Missouri persecution."

Sixteen pages, 8 1/2 by 12 inches, very nice condition.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War