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July 16, 1831

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 16, 1831

* Formation of the Mormon Church
* Historic issue

Page 17 has a fine and very early account of the formation of the Mormon church, headed: "Mormonism".
The bias against the Mormons is revealed in the report, which includes: "...certain knaves, pretending to have some holy writings hidden under a stone in Ontario county...started a new religion! The leaders make bold pretensions and assert a gift to work miracles ....Their great prophet Jo, has selected a part of Geanuga Co., Ohio, and pronounced it to be the promised land....The chiefs of those people... exempt themselves from labor...probably, the grand object for which they have established this religion."
of the earliest accounts of the Mormon church to be found in any newspaper.
Complete in 24 pages, 6 by 9 3/4 inches, scattered foxing, very nice condition.

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