Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Vast Improvement

After visiting Utah, British adventure writer stated that the Mormon settles were a vast improvement over who?
a.                  London
b.                  Paris
c.                   New York City
d.                  Settlements along the Mississippi
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens had this to say of the Saints sailing from England to join the Church in America.
In 1863 he boarded the “Amazon,” loaded with Mormon emigrants, to see for himself. His sketch was later published in the “Uncommercial Traveller”:
Now, I have seen emigrant ships before this day in June. And these people are so strikingly different from all other people in like circumstances whom I have ever seen, that I wonder aloud, “What would a stranger suppose these emigrants to be!” . . .
“ ‘A stranger would be puzzled to guess the right name for these people, Mr. Uncommercial,” says the captain.”
“Indeed he would!”
“If you hadn’t known, could you ever have supposed?”
“How could I! I should have said they were in their degree, the pick and flower of England!”

William Mulder and A. Russell Mortensen (eds.) Among the Mormons: Historic Accounts by Contemporary Observers (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1973), 336-37.

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