¶ THE newspapers of the United States are teeming with all manner of lies, abusing the Saints of the Most High, and striving to call down the wrath of the people upon His servants. - Joseph Smith, June, 1841
¶ Elder Wilford Woodruff was in Portland, Maine, and ready to step on board of a steamer for Fox Islands, when he received the Boston Times newspaper, containing an account of the death of the Prophets. He immediately took cars and returned to Boston, stopping over night at Scarborough. - July, 1844
¶ My health being better, I was ready for duty at an early hour. Spent the morning in hearing letters and newspapers [read], and giving directions as to the business of the day. - Brigham Young on Monday, January 5, 1846. Entries from History of the Church IV: 380; VII:175, 564.
SURPRISES ABOUND in news reports which were printed when the events of our history books were fresh. Original newspapers from the first century of Mormonism still exist. Strange to say, the papers published by the Mormons and those published about them are equally startling and informative.
No more ready initiation into a community's culture and personality exists than its newspapers, with articles, advertisements, and information tailored to local readers' interests and needs. Modern Latter-day Saints, for example, may be under the impression that America cared little about Governor Boggs' extermination order against the Mormons in Missouri, or the killing of Joseph and Hyrum Smith in Illinois. But did you know that many communities across the United States were horrified at what was happening to Latter-day Saints in the 1830s and '40s? Non-Mormon citizens signed petitions in their favor, and held indignation meetings to show support. Editors criticized both local and federal authorities for allowing the atrocities to happen. These events and opinions were reported widely in newspapers of the time.
Do you sometimes wonder how early LDS missionaries came across to people listening to them in the streets and rented halls during the early years? First-hand reports by local observers, sometimes quite unbiased, are preserved in papers of the day, revealing unexpected details. What did people write about the Saints in general, and why did people sometimes turn against them?
Much of history has yet to be discovered. A great portion of it waits patiently in newspapers heretofore unseen by historians, untapped for generations but now offered below . . .
How did Americans react when they first heard of the HAUN'S MILL MASSACRE? You will see their initial disbelief at such barbarity, in this bound volume of THE NEW=YORKER. published by Horace Greeley (1838-9).
$ 900A dozen news reports of Mormon interest during the worst times in Missouri. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
THE FARMER'S ORACLE. The hand of Industry makes the Desert to bud, bloom and bear fruit, and rears the proudest structures of Earth. Spring Lake Villa, Utah County, Utah [Territory], Friday, January 15, 1864 [Volume I, issue No. 16].
$1,250Utah's first country newspaper. So colorful (literally!). and rare. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Strange maneuvers in Illinois . . .
Read about it in the BOSTON QUARTO NOTION newspaper, October 29, 1842. $85
The Mormon prophet is to be hauled back to Missouri - but not if he can help it! Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
RARE REPORT on the new MORMON BATTALION, something seldom seen in newspapers of the time. $150
Appearance in THE WEEKLY SYMBOL AND ODD FELLOWS' GAZETTE, August 8, 1846 Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
ROCHESTER DAILY ADVERTISER for Saturday morning, November 27, 1830. $250
Announcing the marriage of a then-very famous widow, Lucinda MORGAN, who would later become one of the first plural wives of Joseph Smith. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
¶ MORE NEWSPAPERS appear in my MORMON LIST ELECTRIC (aa summer 2003 online catalog). Or, look for specific subjects and keywords using my simple search engine !
NEWSPAPERS WHICH HAVE NOW SOLD APPEAR BELOW, listed here foar general information and reference . . .
T. B. H. STENHOUSE's
SALT LAKE TELEGRAPH newspaper.
Friday, May 19, 1865.
SOLD:: $200 ::
Published during Stenhouse's "faithful"period, including an ad by Heber C. Kimball. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Two very scarce issues of Palmyra, New York's WAYNE SENTINEL newspaper printed by Egbert B. Grandin, the same year he began printing the Book of Mormon.
SOLD:: $4,500 ::Grandin explains why he is opposed to political antimasonry in 1829 - contributing to a topic of debate which remains important in Mormon studies to the present day. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
"TEMPLE AT NAUVOO." Exceptional article in the Weekly Argus (newspaper, Albany, New York) for Saturday, September 20, 1845.
SOLD:: $75 ::"The baptismal fountain is . . . to be supported by stone oxen." Listing all the apostles with their famous Church nicknames. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
One of the first DESERET NEWS issues ever printed. Volume I, number 12: August 31, 1850.
SOLD::$ 875::Published under great difficulty, and considered by some as one of the most remarkable newspapers ever published. The earliest example I have ever offered. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
"THE MORMONITES AGAIN." Sympathetic article in the New-York Spectator (newspaper, New York City) for Thursday, March 6, 1834.
SOLD::$67.50::The governor of Missouri writes a letter to W. W. PHELPS, John WHITMER and others promising to step in if necessary to secure their rights. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
"The Mormon City---The Temple---Mob Depradations . . ." describing Nauvoo after the Saints had been driven out. $175::SOLD::
An original, pro-Mormon account written for the ROCHESTER DAILY ADVERTISER of July 26, 1847. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
EMMA SMITH 's shocking letter to an editor, supposedly denouncing Joseph following his death. Placed for sale on eBay, July 19, 2002. ** SOLD ** on eBay ($125.00).
Read it in the VERMONT MERCURY newspaper, December 19, 1845. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Pictures at the top of this page: The Vermont Mercury, published in Woodstock for Friday, July 12, 1844, reported what had occurred two weeks earlier in Illinois. Imagine how Wilford Woodruff must have felt when he saw a similar story in the Boston paper. He wrote in his journal: ". . . dined with Ezra Carter & made preperations to take the steam boat in the evening for Thomastown & fox Islands. But about 2 oclok P.M. We obtained the Boston Times of July 9th Containing the solumn & awful information of the Death of President Joseph Smith the Prophet Seer & Revelator of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also the Death of Hiram Smith his brother the Patriarch of Said Church. They were shot dead in Cartha[ge] jail by a company of anti mormons & a guard that Governor Ford placed over them /200 men American citizens painted like indians. Great excitement Prevailed & it was expected that the Nauvoo Legion would be exasperated & avenge their Blood . . ." A week later, he wrote, "I have never shed a tear since I heard of the death of the prophets untill this morning but my whole soul has felt nerved up like steel." Sold 2001.