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In the summer of the year 1850, during the course of an inquiry in which he was engaged on the subject of “ LABOUR AND THE Poor," the author of this volume had occasion to direct his particular attention to the amount of Emigration from the port of Liverpool. While pursuing his researches, he learned that, independently of the general emigration of English and Irish, amounting, during the fine season, to nearly 20,000 persons per month, there was a peculiar, but smaller stream of emigration, carried on in behalf of the religious sect known by the name of the “Mormons," or Latter-Day Saints.” He was informed that many years ago these people had established an Emigrational Agency in Liverpool, having ramifications in all parts of England, Wales, and Scotland, and that the number of Mormon emigrants sailing from that port to New Orleans, on their way to the Great Salt Lake Valley, in California, during the year 1849, had been no less than 2,500, chiefly consisting of farmers and mechanics of a superior class, from Wales, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, and the southern counties of Scotland; and that

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since 1840 the total emigration of the sect from great Britain had
amounted to between 13,000 and 14,000 persons. He was led,
in consequence, to devote his attention to the history of the origin
and progress of this singular sect, of which comparatively little
was known. The results of his investigations were published in
the Morning Chronicle a short time afterwards, in three letters
of the well-known series undertaken by that Journal. The sub-
ject, however, was too interesting, important, and extensive to
be thoroughly handled in the limited space at the disposal of a
newspaper, and the writer was, in consequence, induced-hav-
ing received, in the meantime, a large accession of new, valuable,
and authentic materials—to extend these slight sketches into
the volume now offered to the public. It presents the history
of Joseph Smith, a great impostor, or a great visionary,--perhaps
both—but in either case one of the most remarkable
has appeared on the stage of the world in modern times. The
author has endeavoured to disencumber the conflicting accounts
of his disciples on the one hand, and of his enemies on the other,
of all exaggeration for him, or against him, and to state with
fairness what appeared to him to be the truth. As far as he is
aware, it is the first time that anything which can be called a
history of this new religion and its founder has been offered to
the public, either in this country, or in the cradle of the Mor-
mons—the United States of America.
With respect to the Illustrations of this Volume, it may

be stated, that embracing, as they do, views of remote places not hitherto pourtrayed, and representations of events in a wild and

persons who


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