Dickens and the Mormons



In “Bound for the Great Salt Lake,” The Uncommercial Traveller essay for July 4, 1863, Charles Dickens admitted that “to the rout and overthrow of all [his] expectations,” Mormon emigrants merited praise instead of the censure he had been prepared to give them. To the study of mid-Victorian religious and social attitudes and particularly to the study of Dickens’s increasing religious toleration, this largely neglected essay presents fresh insights. It also gives a colorful account of the sailing of the Amazon from London in June 1863—an important event in the history of Mormon emigration.


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