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An April Fool's report on the abolishment of Nauvoo...



Item # 697531

April 01, 1843

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, April 1, 1843  

* Mormons - Mormonism
* Nauvoo, Illinois
* Millerism - Millerite


The back page has what is apparently an "April Fools" report concocted by the normally staid editor, headed: "Nauvoo Abolished". It reports: "In the Illinois legislature...the senate repealed the law creating the Nauvoo legion, military corps. They also repealed the charter of the Mormons City of Nauvoo. The vote in favor of the latter was 22 to 11. Members of the senate were very free in their expressions of disgust at Mormonism."
Also on the back page is a small item: "Millerism" noting: "A report of the death of Mrs. Miller is premature. He is confined by indisposition in Washington County, N.Y...Mr. Nathaniel Brown...cut his wife's throat...in such a shocking manner that her life was despaired of. It is said he was partially deranged, caused by over excitement of the Miller doctrine..." and a bit more.
This is is about the Millerites, followers of the teachings of William Miller, who in 1831 first shared publicly his belief that the Second Advent of Jesus Christ would occur in roughly the year 1843–1844.
Sixteen pages, 8 1/2 by 12 inches, 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